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The effect of the three consecutive general elections on the labour party

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Jaypal Sandhu 12C The effect of the three consecutive general elections on the labour party During the 1980's the conservative party was, without doubt, the dominant party in England. They had overcome such opposition in the form of trade unionists and their ideology was approved. The general election of June 11, 1987 was the third victory in a row for Margaret Thatcher and the Conservatives. She was the first leader since the Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool to win three successive elections. However this was a major turning point in the conservative party. The Conservative government had survived the industrial disputes with the mine workers (1984-85) and the print unions (1985-86), the 1986 Westland problems had been put aside with the loss of Michael Heseltine and Leon Brittan and the economy was performing well. However in the years 1987 - 1992 the conservatives had seem to forget how they first came into power. ...read more.


As inflation began to grow a recession emerged towards the end on 1980, as Thatcher was the one who approved of such radical changes, which goes against the traditional Conservative party, all fingers pointed at her and she was held accountable. This was the beginning of her demise. Europe was her ultimate downfall as this caused conflict in the party. This led to Margaret Thatcher being forced out of office in November 1990 also across the Atlantic Ronald Reyagn had been removed with George W Bush snr appointment; everything that she had believed in had been destroyed. John Major, poorly regarded by some, succeeded her through the 1922-committee. During his term leading up to the 1992 elections he oversaw the British involvement in the Gulf War, abolished the disliked poll tax in favour of council tax and signed the Maastricht treaty. ...read more.


As the Conservatives were getting weaker, Labour was getting stronger. There was not a united party in power, so it was inevitable that Conservatives and John Majors reign of power had come to an end in the 1997 General elections. This was a landslide victory for Labour and Conservatives were in disarray. In conclusion between the years of 1987 and 1997 three general elctions had taken place, despite Labour losing two of them, in the long term it was the end of the Conservatives reign of power. They had gone from a united strong powerful party to a split party with no direction and under no guidance. This was due to them believing their own hype and becoming overconfident and presidential. Labour had realised the need for modernisation ad the Conservatives failed to realise this, they thought their power trip would never end but it did, to the hands of the charismatic Tony Blair on the 1st May 1997. ...read more.

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