Economic problems facing the Conservatives in the 1920s

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  • What were the economic problems facing the Conservatives in 1924?
    • Lack of demand for staple goods
      • Affected large areas of the North of England
      • Affected areas of South Wales
      • Affected areas of Scotland
    • New industries were not often affected
      • E.g. Motor vehicles, chemicals, electrical goods, canned foods
      • These were set up in the midlands and the south
      • The service sector grew due to the spread of:
        • Retailing
        • Road transport
        • Mass entertainment
        • CREATED 1 MILLION JOBS IN THE 20s
    • Competition from other countries
      • Coal from the USA and Germany and alternative fuels such as oil and electricity
        • Competition from foreign ship yards
      • Textiles from Japan and India were becoming available as they had: better machinery, better marketing methods and cheaper Labour

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