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TO WHAT EXTENT WERE LLOYD GEORGE'S OWN POLICIES, RATHER THAN HIS DEPENDENCE ON THE CONSERVATIVES, RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS POLITICA
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TO WHAT EXTENT WERE LLOYD GEORGE'S OWN POLICIES, RATHER THAN HIS DEPENDENCE ON THE CONSERVATIVES, RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS POLITICAL DECLINE FROM 1918 - 22?
How did Lloyd George become an outdated asset in 1922 from a wartime hero in 1918 in the space of four years? Lloyd George's own policies and his dependence on the conservatives did play a part in his political decline; however this alone didn't account for his failure and fall. A range of events, issues and reactions played a pivotal part in his downfall.
Before 1918 LG had long been the most dynamic Liberal minister, he injected energy into the Liberal party to show that the party wasn't doomed to decline. During the war he was made Minister of Munitions, where he was the one undoubted success of the coalition. He was dynamic and thus in due course very effective. His success as Minister of Munitions led to him becoming Prime Minister in December 1916, where he replaced Herbert Asquith. Most Liberal ministers resigned with Asquith, and about half the Liberal MPs (120) supported the old Prime Minister rather than the new. While the war continued it was said that he was 'acting
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