Why the Conservatives won the general election in 1959

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ECONOMY AT THE TIME;

·         During the late 50’s it was a time of prosperity where the economy was good and everyone had good amounts of money.

·         Macmillans government introduced economic measures to encourage this consumerism and it successfully produced a ‘feel good factor’ in the months leading up to the election.

·         Income tax was cut from 43.5% to 38.75% and purchase tax was cut by a sixth.

·         2d was taken off a pint of beer.

·         The economy grew by 4% in real terms during 1959 and unemployment fell dramatically.

WEAKNESS OF THE OPPOSISTION;

·         The labor government were seen as divided, uncertain and afraid to stand up to the trade union demands.

·         Hugh Gaitskell had built his appeal around the issue of economic management.

·         Many people also still associated Labor with devaluation and austerity.

CAMPAIGNS;

·         The conservatives formed their campaign on affluence and prosperity, they spent half a million pounds on a poster campaign to promote their new message ‘Life is better with the conswervatives.

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