John Bright and Thomas Milner-Gibson are returned for Manchester in the General Election. Bright – known for his work with the Anti-Corn Law League – notably spoke out against the Crimean War in the 1852 parliament. Milner-Gibson had entered parliament as a Conservative in 1837, but resigned his seat because of his support for Free Trade. He re-entered parliament in 1841 as MP for Manchester having previously unsuccessfully contested a seat in Ipswich.