A Short History of the Liberal Party: The Road Back to Power by Chris Cook (auth.)

By Chris Cook (auth.)

Chris cook dinner lifts the lid at the 'third Party;' charting their attention-grabbing trip during the last century, from the landslide victory of 1906 lower than Asquith, through their descent into divisions and decline within the interwar years, to in-depth research of the 2010 British Election and their go back to govt within the Conservative-Lib Dem coalition.

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Outside Scotland, however, in only five constituencies did Liberals contest recognised Labour seats, with Labour taking four of them nonetheless. It was a tribute to the working of the pact that in only two constituencies were Liberal seats lost as a result of Labour candidates. In all, 29 LRC representatives were elected and almost all were dependent on Liberal votes. With the Liberal election triumph, the almost unrelieved Conservative massacre, and the harmonious working of the Gladstone–MacDonald pact, 1906 saw the Liberal Party at its zenith.

T. G. A. Hobson. An articulate spokesman of the new creed was Winston Churchill, whose agile brain was already devising schemes for labour exchanges, wage boards, and a ‘Committee of National Organisation’ to counter fluctuations in unemployment. To this extent, Churchill was singling out for attack the issues which aroused the Nation group – casual labour, unemployment, undernourishment and poverty. Within this new radicalism, Asquith was never really at home. As Hazlehurst has written: ‘Although he continued the work of social reform begun under Campbell-Bannerman, Asquith’s radicalism went little deeper than that of his predecessor.

It not only opened up divisions within the Unionist Cabinet (Chamberlain found the approach adopted by the government particularly unpalatable), 34 A Short History of the Liberal Party but also roused the grassroots of the Liberal Party in defence of the control of primary education by the school boards. Nonconformist anger was brought to a level not seen since the Bulgarian atrocities. Both CampbellBannerman and Asquith sank their differences over the Boer War in defence of the Liberal principles now under attack.

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