Churchill Govt. 1951 - 1955

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  • Churchill Govt. 1951 - 1955
    • Labour's loss
      • Labour was split
        • MODERATES Consolidate they should work with what they had
        • LEFT Advance, they should do more
        • Attlee was Pro USA or anti USSR, worked more with USA
          • Britian more dependant on US, USSR more of a threat
          • Moderates wanted Britain to join NATO
    • ELECTION RESULTS
      • 1950
        • LABOUR 315 seats, 46.1%
          • CONSERVATIVE 298 seats, 43.5%
            • LIBERALS 9 seats, 9.1% of votes
      • 1951
        • CONSERVATIVES 321 seats, 48%
          • LABOUR 295 seats 48.8%
            • LIBERALS 6 seats, 2.5%
    • LABOURS DISADANTAGES
      • Attlee's government suffered economic difficulty
      • Divisions between left and riight
      • Losing majority in 1950 made governing harder
      • Negative image of rationing and high tax
      • Involvement in Korean war angered Left wing
      • Vote went up in industrial areas, lower in middle class areas
    • CONSERVATIVE ADVANTAGES
      • One Nation Conservatism under Lord Woolton, RA Butler new ideas
      • Younger Conservative MPs against old Labour
      • Attack on Nationalisation of steel and iron
      • Moved towards centre of spectrum, gained votes from Working class
      • Liberals put forward less candidates 2/3 of Liberal vote went to Conservative
        • Conservative gained 1.2 million votes, Labour gained 0.7 million
    • ACTIONS 1951 - 1955
      • Rationing ended - Reversed
      • Steel was denationalised
      • Committed to building 300,000 houses a year
      • First atomic bomb in 1952
      • Queen Elizabeth II , New age
      • Kept Labour's aims
      • Wanted to expand Welfare state, maintain full employment, keep military defence
    • BUTLER & GAITSKELL
      • Butler chancellor under Churchill CONSERVATIVE LEFT
        • Butler didn't want to increase taxes, Lower interest rates
      • Hugh Gaitskell Shadow Chancellor LABOUR RIGHT
        • Higher taxes, Higher government spending
    • Churchill
      • Getting old and fragile
      • Out of action for months
      • Health was deteriorating

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