The Anti-Corn Law
League was a successful political movement in Great Britain aimed
at the abolition of the unpopular Corn Laws, which protected landowners’
interests by levying taxes on imported wheat, thus raising the price of bread
at a time when factory-owners were trying to cut wages.
Ref Briggs, Asa. The Making of Modern England 1783-1867: The Age of Improvement (1959) pp 312-25, short interpretive history