1951-64 Politcial

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  • labour won more votes but conservatives had more seats
  • Churchill was 80 had a stroke in 1953
  • retierd 1955
  • Saw himself as a statesman
  • belvied that him main role was to stop another conflict
  • Most of the day to day running left to Butler, Macmillan and Eden
  • more critical of the post war consensus
  • tensions within his government, Bulter, Macmillan and Eden did not get on well
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  • Took power in 1955
  • initialy high hopes
  • called a genreal election increased the conservative majority
  • Butler Chancellor and Macmillan became Foreign Secertary
  • Edens preivious political expreiance had been in foreign policy
  • anxious about making decisions and had little knowledge on economic issueas
  • aimed to prevent conflict
  • Suez crisis 1956, soured his reputation 
  • Eden come under heavy attack from Labour and some sections of the press
  • also caused problems within conservative party
  • pressure from US had exposed Britians finacial weakness
  • Resigned 1957
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  • Party unity was restored without lasting splits
  • economic prosperity continued
  • Butler home securtary
  • 1959 Macmillian called an election
  • pushed conservative majority up by 100 seats
  • post war eceonomic boom continued
  • Labour party in disaray 
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Domestic policies

  • Accepted the reforms of the previous labour government 
  • Post war-concensus
  • promised to build 300,000 houses a year, Macmillian saw the succsess of this
  • continued the tripartite system, grammar, techinacal and secondary modern schools
  • Clean Air Act 1956 aimed to prevent smog
  • Housing and Factory Act aimed to improve living and working conditions
  • Homicide Act 1957 restricted when the deal penalty would be imposed
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