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"Was it inevitable that the labour party grew and the liberals declined".

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"Was it inevitable that the labour party grew and the liberals declined" It seemed that this was bound to happen with the labour party growth and the liberals decline. From the period of 1906-1914 it showed that the labour party had increased in Parliament, trade union support, growing success in elections and growth in membership and party organisation and within these departments this was where the liberals declined. In fact 1906 was the most successful year for Labour in the history of the liberal administration. There were now far more working class men who had to vote and the Labour Party, which supported the working class, had a better chance of success than ever and because the conservatives and Liberals still largely represented the views of the middle and upper classes. Early historians claim that the difference between the Labour Party and the other political parties was that its principal strength lay in its extra- parliamentary organisation and in this period the organisation was strengthened, also that the ...read more.


However this was all soon to be turned around. The labour party who made impact in Parliament helped shape the legislation. The prime minister Henry Campbell Bannerman and electoral commitments of many liberal members, the government threw overboard its own more moderate and complicated Trade Union Bill and accepted the Labour Bill. This became law as the trades disputes Act of 1906. This was a major triumph for the Labour party because in the same year they supported a new workmen's compensation Act, and school meals and medical inspection acts. With this the liberals had declined because the act, labour had made would effect them in the long run and it meant that support would go over to Labour. The Labour party also gained trade union support, which grew rapidly during this period. In 1909 the miner's federation of Great Britain switched allegiance from the liberal party to the Labour party, this was very significant because it brought new members and 12 MPs joined the Labour group in Parliament, This officially destroyed the link between the liberals and the miners. ...read more.


The greatest source was the trade unions. The decision of the miner's federation brought in 550,000 new members. The parliamentary labour party had become more effectively organised from 1911, improved finances after the trade union act meant that the party was able to employ more officials and put up more candidates. The labour party organisational structure, set up in every constituency, so as the labour party continued to grow the liberals were declining. This was mainly due to the fact that the liberals were not extending their appeal to the people. In conclusion it was inevitable that the Labour Party grew and the liberal party declined. The liberal party with the organisational weaknesses, failure in local elections, its continuing links with middle-class nonconformists and its general inability to adapt itself to working class needs and aspirations continued to decline. The labour party grew rapidly with massive support from the trade unions and succeeded in organising their party. This had contributed to the growth of the Labour party success. ...read more.

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