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Hamer,John Morley: Lzberal Intellectual zn Polztzcs (Oxford, 1968) p. 198. Liberalism in Eclipse 23 ter. What was even more crucial was the fact that although he could win a declaration of support from the Birmingham Liberals for his own plan for 'Home Rule All Round', Schnadhorst and the rest of the National Liberal Federation had gone over to the support of Gladstone. This decision of the NLF was crucially important. At the meeting of the General Committee in May 1886 it expressed overwhelming support for the idea of Irish self-government.

On 12 January the Liberals gained their first victory in Ipswich. The following day Arthur Balfour lost Manchester East. The defeat ofBalfour was the prelude to a Liberal landslide in industrial Lancashire. Even the staunchest of Conservative citadels, in the hitherto safe rural shires, fell to the Liberals. In all, 1906 was a landslide comparable only with the victory of the 'coupon' candidates in 1918, or the National candidates in 1931 and Labour in 1945. The full results were as follows: Unionist Liberal Labour Nationalist Others Seats 157 375 54 83 Total votes 2,463,606 2,583,132 528,797 35,109 21,557 %of total 670 5,632,201 100·0 43·7 45·9 9·4 0·6 0·4 Few Conservative seats escaped the landslide of 1906.

3 Secondly, he inherited from his predecessor an exceptionally talented ministry. Indeed, Asquith's first act was to strengthen the team even further. Elgin was replaced at the Colonial Office by Lord Crewe. Tweedmouth, whose faculties were fast fading, was removed from the Admiralty to the less onerous position of Lord President of the Council. Much the most significant appointment, however, was the advancement of David Lloyd George to be Chancellor of the Exchequer. It was an appointment that changed the course of the ministry and indeed the history of the country.

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