1945 General Election

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1945 GENERAL ELECTION

LABOUR SUCCESSES

  • Campaign focused on policies, not personalities
  • War time prominence of Labour MPs: Attlee, Bevin, Morrison. Increased experience. 16 MPs in cabinet (1940), which increased as the war went on
  • In favour of the Beveridge report - were more likely to implement it
  • Prominent on the Home Front
  • Churchill 'owed' his power to Labour, as they refused to work with Chamberlain
  • Return of the 2 party system - left vote was no longer split
  • United against appeasement
  • Could blame its past failings on Ramsay MacDonald
  • Left wing features in the media: Orwell, Priestley, Foot

CONSERVATIVE FAILURES

  • Number of constituency agents decreased dramatically - either they were called up to the front line or they retired. Not an…

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