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1. What impact did WW1 have on the rise of the Labour Party?
2. How effective were the two Labour governments of 1924
and 1929-31?
3. Did MacDonald betray the Labour Party in August 1931?
4. How strong was the Liberal Party in 1914?
5. How did the outbreak of WW1 affect the Liberal Party?
6. How important was the split between Asquith and Lloyd
George in the decline of the Liberals?
7. Why did Lloyd George fall from power in October 1922?
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11. Why did the General Strike take place and why did it fail?
12. How great was the problem of unemployment in Britain in
the 1930's?
13. What did the National Government do to try to end the
Depression?
14. What impact did the war have on the British economy and
society?
15. Why did the Labour Party win the 1945 general election?
16. How successful were Labour's social, economic and welfare
reforms, 1945-51?
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What impact did WW1 have on the rise of
the Labour Party?
The Union of Democratic Labour Leaves the National
The Split in the Liberal Party The 1918 General Election
Control Coalition
· The Liberals were Labour's · This pressure group was set · Arthur Henderson resigned · By 1918, the British party
main rivals for the working up by E.D. Morel, a Liberal as Labour Party system offered the
class vote.…read more

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How effective were the two Labour governments of 1924 and 1929-
31?
The first two Labour governments Domestic Affairs Domestic Affairs
The Second Labour Government (1929-31)
The First Labour Government (1914)
Minority Governments
were minority governments where ·Clifford Allen, leader of the Independent ·In 1929, there was rising unemployment and
Labour depended on the support of Labour Party, wanted Labour to introduce Snowden refused any major intervention, and
radical social reforms and then go to the took a cautious view towards government
the Liberal Party.…read more

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Did MacDonald betray the Labour Party in
August 1931?
The Coalition For Against
·After rising unemployment and the May ·MacDonald was obsessed with trying to prove ·MacDonald was one of Labour's most
Committee's recommendation for cuts in public that a Labour government put national interests experienced and effective leaders.…read more

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How strong was the Liberal Party in
1914?
Liberal Success
·By 1915, the Liberals had won 3 successive general elections in1906, in January 1910, and December 1910. against this background of
success most Liberals were confident they would win the general election which was likely to take place in 1915.
Reasons for Liberal Confidence
·Class-based Politics
·By 1914, Liberal support for progressive taxation, which had been underlined by the People's Budget, was winning support from the
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How did the outbreak of WW1 affect
the Liberal Party?
Party Splits
· The decision to go to war caused a minor division in government ranks
with the president of the Local Government Board, John Burns, and two
junior ministers resigning. More important was that Liberals were ill-
suited to fight a world war because they had traditionally opposed
conscription and large-scale expenditure on the armed forces. They also
tended to oppose extensive government intervention in the economy.…read more

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How important was the split between
Asquith and Lloyd George in the decline of
the Liberals? Back to Contents
The Rise of Lloyd George Lloyd George in Power
· Asquith was unsuited to the role of wartime · In December 1916, Lloyd George's suggestion
prime minister in that he allowed military for a smaller Cabinet to conduct the war led to
leaders to make military decisions without much Asquith's resignation and the creation of a new
political input from the government.…read more

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Why did Lloyd George fall from power
in October 1922?
Post-war Success
Lloyd George was the `man who won the war' and he was one of the main negotiators at the
Paris Peace Conference along with President Wilson (USA) and Clemenceau (France). In
December 1918, there was the `Coupon Election' in which Lloyd George's coalition won
478seats, with his Liberals winning 133 of them.…read more

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