During the 1980s, the electoral function of the SDP/Alliance was to help the Conservatives win. This does not necessarily hold true 30 or so years on.
Posts Tagged: Liberal Party
It’s sad in a way, but the quicker Labour is eclipsed and a new leftist party emerges, the better for everyone.
She has expressed admiration for Joe, the ambitious social reformer and staunch unionist, but his sons have their own lessons to teach.
Does the Anglican character of Toryism explain why it’s avoided producing the long and fascinating list of breakaways sported by Labour and the Liberals?
Iain Dale: Does Grayling have a point about TFL? After all, it’s not known as Totally Failing London for nothing.
Plus: the Government should not reveal its Brexit negotiating hand. And: should I contest North Norfolk again after all?
None the less, the local Conservatives exploited the climate of prejudice, while Labour sometimes bent to accommodate it.
It was not entirely clear at the time that it had created a new political structure that would last for generations – with the Conservatives as the leading party of the state.
The misuse of the word by American commentators and the Liberal Democrats has led to a fine tradition being neglected.
A further graft from the remnants of Labour and the LibDems might be the best way of preserving the Union and providing an alternative government to the SNP.
The challenge to a Party that holds not a single seat in Merseyside.
The Tory campaign in 1966 was not a success, but neither was it a complete failure. Heath’s warnings of economic troubles ahead were vindicated as early as July.
Lewis Baston: The Balfour Gambit failed altogether in 1906. But don’t rule out a future Prime Minister trying it again.
There may be a strange applicability for the future in the circumstances that led to the Liberals’ sweeping electoral triumph in 1906.
Lewis Baston: How a centrist Tory leader won a landslide victory over left-wing Labour – 80 years ago tomorrow
Nearly every observer expected the same result – a Conservative win with a reduced majority. This as found to be in error when the votes were counted.
It was the rise of the Liberals, and the decline of the city’s Protestant tradition, that did for the Party.
Lewis Baston: The General Election of 1900 – the narrow Conservative win that turned out to be an illusion
We cannot know yet whether 2015 was the start of a new ascendancy or whether, like 1900, it is an anomaly that posterity hardly notices.