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Why did Lloyd George fall from power in 1922?

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Why did Lloyd George fall from power in 1922? On the 19 October 1922, a two-to-one majority of Conservative members of Parliament, voted that the Conservatives where to resign their support of Lloyd George and fight as an independent party, this lead to the resignation of Lloyd George. However, this last straw with other factor such as Chanak, the honours scandal, and the Ireland situation also played a big part in his downfall. Lloyd Georges fate much depended on whether the Conservative MPs would continue to support him at the next general election which he intended to hold fairly soon. A full meeting of Conservative MPs was arranged at the Carlton Club on October 19. This meeting debated a proposal that the party should fight an election on an independent basis. Most of the backbenchers were ready to continue the coalition after the election provided the party's independence had been reasserted. ...read more.


The IRA began a campaign of terrorism against the police and the government fought back by using the Black and Tans, this move however, made him lose support from the Liberal side of the coalition. After many atrocities like Bloody Sunday where 12 spectators where killed and 60 wounded by retaliation from the Black and Tans for the morning attacks on British citizens living in Ireland. When Lloyd George a temporary found a settlement by partitioning Ireland, he had made enemies in doing so. The Conservatives were furious at the way in which the union between Britain and Ireland had been destroyed and of course the many Liberals who disliked his use of the Black and Tans. The Conservatives also criticised him because he allowed the sale of knighthoods and other honours to unsuitable candidates in order to raise extra money this was to become the so-called honours scandal. ...read more.


His days in power from that point on were numbered. The leaders of the Conservatives were becoming afraid that if the coalition continued much longer, Lloyd George would split the Conservative Party as he had split the Liberal Party in two. So, in conclusion it was just not one factor that leads to the fall off Lloyd George rather it was a combination of many factors. His method of carrying out politics made him many enemies, a large amount of distrust was formed about him, and his disrespect for the traditional ways of politics, shown by his sale of knighthoods and other honours, also contributed to his downfall. Slowly, he lost support which was essential: Labour was gaining more support of the working class, the press was getting on his back whereas in war time he was a hero and finally he had served all the good he could for the Conservative Party who where beginning to split over him as did the Liberal Party in following up to 1918 election. ...read more.

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