Why did it take so long for a separate working-class party to be established in the U.K?

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The industrialised towns of the North that grew around the time of the Industrial Revolution played a big part in the eventual success of Labour; however even though they were heavily populated with working class persons, many of which were enfranchised after the Second Reform Act in 1867, this did not prove to be an immediate catalyst for a working class party to be set up in the light of the Act, though obviously further down the line the enfranchisement of working class people was fundamental to a party finally being set up to represent them...
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However, they were not a working class party, and had little in the way of MPs of a working class background for many reasons, not least the cost of getting into Parliament being beyond that of most of the working class. There was a feeling of distrust towards the state from the working class, many didn't engage in the political process, and though it seems a trivial point, many couldn't take part in voting due to unease of access to polling stations and the burden of work on time one would get to vote...
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