Liberals' Victory in the 1906 Election Essay

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Liberals' Victory in the 1906 Election

There are various reasons given as to why the Liberals succeeded in winning the 1906 elections, decline in support towards the Conservative party, a new Liberal attitude which enabled its members to reunite instead of seeing their seperate ways which is what lead to their initial collapse.

The Conservative Party like the Liberal Party split over the issue of Free Trade and failed to reunite, unlike the Liberals which did so and remained so. With the Liberals being reunited regarding the issues they believed in and campaigned for enabled them to attack the Conservatives more easily. The Liberals unlike the Conservative Party weren't affected and too
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Despite already having begun the war, the general public caused controversy over many things, Lord Kitcheners concentration camps, they were atrocious and deplorable and unheard of methods in dealing with the people there. By this time Britain was also becomin very isolated and unpopular to other countries in the world. Chinese slavery was also seen as being awful as they were employed cheaply and was seen as an injustice to them.

Not only did the was effect the decline of the Consevative Party but due to their strong 'laissez-faire' attitude they failed to pay attention to society, especially the working class, as the Conservatives were of middle class beliefs, very traditional and aristocratic. They failed to introduce social reforms such as housing, improvement of factory conditions, wage increases and the disgraceful liveing conditions due to poverty throughout the nation.

The Conservatives also came to disputes and disagreements regardin a major issue, the Tariff Reforms. Should taxes or duties be imposed on foreign imports as Britain faced ever increasing competition from major powers at the time such as Germany and USA. There were two main figures with two fairly different ideas, Arthur Balffour
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