Liberal Landslide 1906

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  • Liberal Landslide 1906
    • 1900: 184 Seats/44.6%      1906: 401 Seats/49%
      • Shift from Conservatives to Liberals in 6 years
      • Huge majority
    • Why were the Conservatives unpopular
      • Boer War
        • Costly
        • Soldiers not fit enough
        • Gained support 1900
      • 1902 Education Act
        • Nonconformist Fury
        • Taxes now spent on schools
          • Some refused to pay
        • Now funeded by local rates not churches
      • 1904 Licensing Act
        • Reduced Pub Numbers
        • Compensate Brewers for license cancellations
        • Non-Conformists against taxes going to brwers
      • Taff Vale Case
        • Refused to be part of TU's
        • Railway workers & Taff Vale Railway
        • TU to court
        • Stirke
          • Court sided with company
            • Showed Conservatives sided with compinies not workers
      • Neglect of  Social Reforms
        • Growing awareness of poverty
        • Malnutrition
        • Physical Decline of British Race
        • Liberals planning greater state control
          • Minimum living standards
          • Nothing other than Education Act
      • Leadership
        • Lord Salisbury died
          • A.J Balfour took over
            • Lacked political skill
            • Not sensitive to public opinion
            • Piloted Education Bill
            • Misunderstood working classes
            • Indirectly responsible for timing of election
    • Tarriff Reform Campaign
      • Joseph Chamberlin
      • Reintroduce Tariffs
      • Lower level tariffs for goods outside Empire
      • Strengthen position
      • Damaged Conservatives
        • Increase food prices and decrease living standards
          • Divided Party
    • Liberals
      • Momentum of anti-government election
      • Henry Campbell-Bannerman reunited party
        • Promoted "broad party"
      • Benefited from unpopular conservative policies
      • Policies
        • Home Rule no longer an issue
          • Enables nonconformists to return to the liberals
            • Lib-Lab Pact
              • Liberals not oppose Labour candidates in next election
                • Conservatives gain less seasts
                  • Don't spend as much on campaign

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