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Why did Lloyd George become Prime Minister in December 1916?

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Why did Lloyd George become Prime Minister in December 1916? The main reason why Lloyd George became Prime Minister in 1916 was because of his political manoeuvring abilities that manipulated Asquith into resigning as leader. Lloyd George wanted to enforce further conscription and demanded an inner war cabinet which Asquith was excluded from. This meant that Lloyd George had the real power and was a strong reason for him becoming Prime Minister because Asquith became outshone by Lloyd George. Asquith tried to reject this cabinet but Lloyd George left and took the Conservatives with him because they would not serve Asquith. This left Asquith in Government with no support because he relied on Lloyd George and the Conservatives in the Coalition. ...read more.

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Lloyd George dealt with the problem very well and gained popularity from the Conservatives and therefore the Conservatives said that Lloyd George should replace Asquith as Prime Minister. This links with Lloyd George's political manoeuvring because it is the support from the Conservatives that allows Lloyd George to push Asquith out of power. This was a good reason why Lloyd George became Prime Minister because if Lloyd George was not successful with the Munitions crisis he would not have had the support from the Conservatives meaning that he could not have manipulated Asquith out of power and became Prime Minister in 1916. The final reason why Lloyd George became Prime Minister in 1916 was because of Asquith's failures at the beginning of the war. ...read more.

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This linked to Lloyd George's suitability because it highlighted where Lloyd George could have been a better Prime Minister (although historian Martin Pugh says that Lloyd George never planned to replace Asquith). This made the Conservatives dislike Asquith's position. This, again, meant that Lloyd George could manipulate Asquith out of Government because of the support of the Conservatives. Overall, the main reason why Lloyd George became Prime Minister in 1916 was because of his ability to politically manoeuvre the Government and put Asquith in a dead-end position meaning that Lloyd George would become Prime Minister. This is more important than the other factors because it was Lloyd George's manipulation that caused him to become Prime Minister and other factors such as Asquith's unpopularity and Lloyd George's suitability only helped towards Lloyd George's manipulation. ...read more.

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