The Party System Thrown Off Course

Ross McKibbin

in Parties and People

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199584697
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702402 | DOI:
The Party System Thrown Off Course

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Chapter 3 argued that the Conservative Party had by 1939 established a political supremacy which seemed unchallengeable. All the evidence suggested that although the Labour Party had recovered most of the ground lost in 1931 it was making no further advances. Yet in the general election of 1945 there was an overall swing of 12 per cent to Labour and in some areas a much larger one. This chapter explains why that happened as well as what happened — what was involved in this change and what it meant to the electorate.

Keywords: British politics; Conservative Party; Labour Party; 1945 elections

Chapter.  13423 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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