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

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Section one: Labour's 1945 victory
Majority of 146
Labour got 30,000 votes for every seat and Liberals got 187,000 for
every seat ­ not just system though ­ many traditional Tory seats fell to
Labour ­ southeast, midlands, a few rural
Labour suited public mood ­ zeitgeist ­better for postwar
reconstruction more enthusiastic about acting on the Beveridge Report
­ many figures had already gained public trust in Churchill's wartime
Cabinet like Attlee, Dalton and Bevin
Conservatives associated with 30s depression and the failure to deliver a
"land fit for heroes" after WW1 failed to seize the public mood ­ Churchill's
speeches used flowery language and he thought his wartime success
could bring him through ­ he seriously misjudged when he said that Lab
policies would need a "Gestapo" to enforcedisorganised ­ 246 party
agents had abandoned constituency duties to fight not held party
conferences in wartime ­ poor electioneering ­ only spent £3000 and
policies were drafted in a hurry

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