Explain Why the Liberal Party Won a Landslide Victory in the 1906 General Election

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Explain why the Liberal Party won a landslide victory in the 1906 general election

There were many factors that enabled the victory of the Liberal Party in the 1906 election, most importantly, due to the neglect of social reforms when the Conservatives were in power between 1885 and 1906. Also, the Liberals used the disregard from the Conservatives for the tariff reform campaign in 1903 to encourage many citizens to vote Liberal, this links to the fact the Liberals mostly gained a lot of support by portraying the conservatives to be untrustworthy and only having concern to the aristocrats, rather than discussing new reforms to help citizens, of which, mostly were in poverty. This is supported by the fact the Liberals had 244 more seats
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The conservatives thought this complain would protect the British jobs and its position in the world but this was one of their biggest misjudgments, as it could also mean dearer food, thus decreasing living standards as poorer people would have insufficient funds to buy food. Therefore, this showed the Conservative party to be unconcerned to the working class. This campaign caused such fury among citizens that it had divided the conservative government and encouraged Winston Churchill to vote liberal. Due to this campaign it had encouraged many initial conservative supporters to vote liberal. Also, as Winston Churchill was an influential figure during 1906 it was possible he influenced others to vote liberal too, therefore, contributing to the landslide victory for the Liberal Party in the election.
Furthermore, the 1902 Education Act, campaigned by David Lloyd George had angered non- conformists, encouraging them to revert to the Liberal Party. This act meant local taxes raised would be sent on religious schools, which was why non-conformists were enraged by this. Similarly to this, the licensing Act of 1904 infuriated non-conformists as it went against their views by compensating brewers and publicans for the cancellation of their licences. This encouraged many non-conformists to again revert to the Liberal Party and because they were strong in areas such as Wales it helped divert the vote in marginal constituencies, therefore, contributing to the

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