Britain in 1951

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1951 - End of Labour reign and beginning of Conservative reign. 

Historians argue that at this time there was consensus, or whether ther was not consensus. They also argue whether the Atlee legacy continued after his ruling years. 

Atlee was not that popular during his reign, but after his status soon began to rise. 

Some historians argue that "Atlee was actually Britian's greatest post-war prime minister." This was because he and his cabinet had actually put through the policies promised in the 1945 election. He had also left behind a lasting legacy, the welfare state.

In 1951 and after, the 2 main parties, Conservative and Labour, dominated politics. The other parties had little support. 

The key policymakers in the Conservative government of 1951 (R.A Butler and Harold Macmillan) were known as 'one nation tories.' This meant that the polices they made were very similar to Labour policies, this was known as 'Butskellism.' 


In one sense the country battled with huge difficulties. (The war had badly damged it.) (They had massive debts) (Pre-war markets had been lost)

Britain had beed massive financial help from the USA. 

Atlee had nationalised big industires such as steel and coal, with


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