Why the Liberals won the 1880 General Election

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  • Why the Liberals won the 1880 General Election
    • Economic depression
      • Particularly severe in farming with far more cheap food imports
      • Disraeli no longer saw protectionism practical
      • Unemployment increased by 1879
    • Difficulties in the empire
      • Disraeli's foreign policies were costly and unpopular sometimes
    • Gladstone's Midlothian campaigns
      • high profile and attacked by Disraeli - got a lot of attention
    • Party Organisation
      • The Liberals improved their organisation with the National Liberal Federation
      • The conservative party organisation was weakening
      • The Liberals were better organised at Local Levels

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