How strong was the Liberal Party by 1914?
The Threat of Labour:
- 40% of working class disenfranchised
- Liberals didn't appeal to working class as much as Labour
- Trade union support for Labour
- Reforms introduced by Libs didn't go far enough in working class eyes
- Osborne judgment not reversed quickly enough by government
- Worker's wages rose little 1906-14
- Labour MP's- 1902=2 and 1910=42
- LRC successes
- Miners switch support from Liberal to Labour
- Labour making good municipal progress
- Liberal MP's- 1906=402 and 1910= 272
- Keith Laybourn-Liberals found it hard to contain Labour
- Local elections more informative of Labour's threat, national situation not representative.
Effects of the Constitutional Crisis:
- Considered a victory for the Liberals
- Establishes the supremacy of the HOC's over the HOL's.
- The Lords lose the power to Veto
- The governmnet could now bring in more radical reforms