British Political history 1945-90: consensus and conflict edexcel as- Labour's loss in 1951

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Labour's loss in 1951
Economic problems ­austerity, rationing, shortages, high tax ­ ministers
like Cripps and Shinwell were not attractive to the electorate harsh stance
Wage freeze =drop in trade union support
Divisions­ Bevanites over prescription charges ­ left of party resented
Britain's economic and military ties to USA ­ e.g. 1950 entry to Korean war
­ proUS stance criticised ­ led by Richard Crossman ­ wanted closer ties
to USSR as "left would understand left" ­ criticised by Bevin for being
unrealistic
Exhausted gov ­ 6 troubled years in office some like Attlee, Morrison and
Bevin had been working since 1940
1950 election ­ Labour majority of 5 ­ had to bring in sick Labour MPs
from hospital to votes
Tory reorganisation ­ dynamic Lord Woolton, a "cheerful cove" ­
reformed finances and constituency organisation to better fight for seats ­
1950 influx of young cons
Iron and steel

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