By Chris Cook (auth.)
Chris prepare dinner lifts the lid at the 'third Party;' charting their interesting trip during the last century, from the landslide victory of 1906 below 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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Extra resources for A Short History of the Liberal Party: The Road Back to Power
This, together with the ‘Newcastle Resolution’, had important consequences for the negotiations. The Parliamentary Fund gave the LRC a decisive power for electoral action which it had not previously possessed. Meanwhile, a month later, on 11 March 1903, Labour won the Woolwich constituency, a seat in which in 1900 a Conservative had been returned unopposed. Will Crooks owed much of his victory to the support of the local Liberal association and the by-election seemed yet further proof of the advantages to be gained by cooperation.
The message, or so it appeared, was that the Liberals were to be the party ﬁrmly committed to social reform. However, on the details of this forthcoming social legislation, Campbell-Bannerman was fairly silent. 3 The Liberals in Opposition: 1900–1906 39 Liberal enthusiasm for the battle was apparent in the nominations. Only a few avowed Conservative Free Traders were allowed an unopposed return. Except for two seats (Oxford University and Mid-Cumberland), every constituency was contested by a Free Trader, whether Liberal or Labour.
He was head of the largest anti-Conservative majority for over eighty years. If the Liberal back-benches were ﬁlled with men new to Parliament, there was no lack of capable and indeed brilliant men seeking the higher positions of ofﬁce. Hence the Cabinet chosen by Campbell-Bannerman proved to be one of the strongest and most gifted of any peacetime administration. It was a blend of the outstanding intellectual power of Asquith, who became Chancellor of the Exchequer, Haldane at the War Ofﬁce, Augustine Birrell as President of the Board of Education and James Bryce as Chief Secretary for Ireland, together with the dynamism and drive of Lloyd George at the Board of Trade and Winston Churchill as Under-Secretary at the Colonial Ofﬁce.
A Short History of the Liberal Party: The Road Back to Power by Chris Cook (auth.)