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Explain why the Conservatives lost the election of 1905

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Explain why the Conservatives lost the election of 1905 The Liberal government took office in December 1905, before securing a popular response to the January 1906 General Election. Arguably, this sudden Liberal government was more to do with the weaknesses of the coalition administration of the Conservatives and the Liberal Unionists, than the success of the Liberals. It is possible that Balfour did inherit political weaknesses from Lord Salisbury, his uncle, but he didn?t do the Conservative party any justice in his term of office (1902-1905). A predominant reason why the Conservatives lost the election of 1905 was due to the many unsuccessful policies implemented. ...read more.

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Understandably, the Conservatives lost the election because many disliked the fact that the British people couldn?t get jobs due to lenient immigrations policies. Or rather, it was viewed as lenient for all there were restrictions. This drastic weakness in the Conservatives? policies meant that the Liberals could take advantage, leading up to the 1905 election. The inevitable political scheming occurred because of Balfour?s opposition, Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, who could exploit the weaknesses whilst glorifying New Liberalism ? a term given to the prospective Liberal reforms. Campbell-Bannerman gained more trust from the King, and subsequently, earned more faith from the public. ...read more.

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It was, however, thought at the time that Lord Salisbury (1895-1902) was a cause for the unpopularity of the Conservatives because he led Britain to a war with the Boers (1899-1902) which saw thousands of injuries and deaths. Many people became affected by the on-going war, low morale, and low benefits scheme, and so, the proposed New Liberalism appeared exciting to the public. This growing popularity was a main reason why the Conservatives lost the election of 1905. Overall, it is undisputed that the weaknesses of the Conservatives increased the desire for New Liberalism to intervene. Therefore, they lost their ministerial position due to no proposed reform that would help aid the country economically, socially and financially. ...read more.

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