1951 election

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  • 1951 ELECTION
  • TORY MANIFESTO
  • LABOUR WEAKNESS
  • ELECTORAL SYSTEM
  • DECLINE OF THE LIBERAL PARTY
  • First Past the Post
  • The number of seats a party wins determines the outcome of an election
  • Not the number of votes
  • L: 44.8%         C: 44%
  • L: 295 seats    C: 321 seats
  • Promised 300,000 houses a year to be built
  • (100,000 > Labour)
  • Appealed to electorate: Labour had failed to resolve the issues of post-war house shortages
  • Weaknesses of Labour helped to facilitate the Conservative win
  • Associated with the period of Austerity
  • Unpopular
  • Post-war rationing
  • High levels of taxation
  • To help fund the welfare state eg. NHS
  • Promised to continue NHS
  • Promised freedom from rationing
  • Attractive manifesto
  • 1945 = 2.6m
  • 1951 = 750,000
  • Most former liberals voted Conservatives
  • Internal Divisions
  • Cut backs on imported goods
  • Increases in defence expenditure
  • = Less money available to spend domestically
  • Changes in constituent boundaries in 1948
  • Favoured Conservatives
  • Bevan vs Gaitskell
  • Modern vs traditional
  • About who wins the most votes in a individual constituency

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