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Why did the Liberals win a landslide election in 1906.

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Why did the Liberals win a landslide election in 1906 Antony Aleagha 12NR There were many reasons why the Liberals managed a landslide election in 1906. The success of the Liberals and the failure of the Conservatives all of which contributed to the election were one which was a landslide. The Liberals in the 1906 election got 399 seats whereas the closest opposition which was the conservatives gained 196 seats. The Unionists had been in control since 1886, which was a long while, and Lord Salisbury was getting old and becoming unable because of his health, he resigned in 1902 and Balfour was his replacement. Balfour was not as good of a leader, he lacked political skill to keep the Unionist coalition; he was very indecisive. He was also an aristocrat and therefore did not relate well with the masses, which brought the Unionists little support and helped the Liberals to gain popularity. This is another reason why the Unionists contributed to the Liberal victory of 1906. ...read more.


They used this lie to help them win the election in a similar way Margaret Thatcher used the victory in the Falklands to help her win the 1982 General election. The public where very angry that the war had continued for another two years and many English lives had been lost in a war they had been told was almost over. The second reason for unpopularity was the Taff Vale case in 1901. The Taff Vale Railway because of an organised strike took the Amalgament Society of Railway Servants to court in 1900. The union lost and was forced to pay damages of �23,000. This had much wider implication as it meant no Union could strike without being worried that they would be sued. This left the government who failed to overturn this verdict very unpopular with workers and trade unions. The third cause of Tory unpopularity was due to Chinese slavery. After the British victory in the Boar wars attention went to the mines in South Africa but as the was a Labour shortage the government choose to use Chinese Coolies. ...read more.


This was useful to the Liberal party and was likely to provide them with political domination in a time when they needed it most. In conclusion you can see that there were various reasons why the Liberals managed to gain a landslide victory in 1906. The Unionist failure by the use of Political trickery which leads the public to lose confidence and not trust the government also due to risky politics you could see it was time for a change (people get bored with governments and look for a change). These are not the main reasons why the government would have been expecting defeat, the separation in to two groups left the party with no real policies. I believe that it wasn't necessarily the clever tactics and ruling of the Liberals which led to them being in power it was that they were able to replace an unpopular government .Conservative mistakes such as losing most of the working class votes and situations which lead to there humiliating defeat and not a Liberal landslide. ...read more.

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