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

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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  of ,  was the third victory in a row for  and the . She was the first leader since the  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  problems had been put aside with the loss of  and  and the economy was performing well.

However in the years 1987 – 1992 the conservatives had seem to forget how they first came into power. Rather than keeping their feet on the ground they understandably got a little bit secure of their position. They became to big headed. During this period it allowed the labour party to modernise and gave them yet more time to reflect on their defeat and ways to improve, so in fact Conservatives third election wins in a row was an advantage to the labour party. Though at the time it appeared to be that the Conservatives were on the rise.

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During the 1987 and 1993 elections the Conservative party became victims to their own success, they began to believe their own hype. They were so pre occupied with Europe and getting rid of the ‘wets’ that her style had almost become presidential. Also a rift began to emerge in the party with dispute between the europhiles and europhobes. The country was beginning to suffer due to ms Thatcher’s naivety. 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, ...

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