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Why did the conservatives lose the election in 1906?

Chamberlain believed that free trade was a threat to the
British Empire and wanted to introduce tariff reforms for the
consolidation of the Empire. He believed that if he had
introduced tariff reform then it would pay for social reform,

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formed a coalition government in 1895 but kept separate political funds and their own
party organizations until a complete merger was agreed in May 1912.

However, the growth of support for Labour was not the only reason for the Liberal
Party's decline. The party itself was a split force ­…

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Why did the Conservatives lose the 1906 Election?

Joseph Chamberlain and Tariff Reform, Loss of working class support, Loss
of Nonconformist support, Liberal unity


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