Coming Into Focus

Coming Into Focus

by Mark Egan
     
 
The survival of the Liberal Party after 1945 is one of the most surprising phenomena in modern British political history. By the late 1940s, the Party's lingering death throes seemed to be reaching their conclusion. With only a handful of parliamentary seats and no message to offer the electorate, the flame carried by Gladstone and Lloyd George was nearly extinguished

Overview

The survival of the Liberal Party after 1945 is one of the most surprising phenomena in modern British political history. By the late 1940s, the Party's lingering death throes seemed to be reaching their conclusion. With only a handful of parliamentary seats and no message to offer the electorate, the flame carried by Gladstone and Lloyd George was nearly extinguished. But the Liberal Party clung on and then revived in the 1960s. This book provides new perspectives on the survival and revival of the
Liberal Party after 1945. It shows how the independence of Liberal associations, the recruitment of Liberal activists in the late 1940s, and the
Party's strength in local government in northern
England were important reasons for the Party's survival. A new wave of recruitment after 1955,
inspired by Jo Grimond's leadership, facilitated the
Liberal revival, but a key factor was the development of early forms of community politics in a number of towns and cities in England and Scotland. This led to an explosion in the number of Liberal councillors,
particularly in suburban areas. Not only was the
Party saved, but the foundations for the modern
Liberal Party and its successor were laid.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783639118445
Publisher:
OmniScriptum GmbH & Co. KG
Publication date:
02/27/2009
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

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