The 1951 General Election

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  • Why Conservatives Won the 1951 Election
    • Reasons For Conservative Victory
      • Revitalised Party Image
        • Lord Woolton reorganised  local structure and finances
        • Young and enthusiastic candidates at election
    • Reasons For Labour Defeat
      • Electoral System (First Past The Post)
        • Labour had 200,000 more of the vote than the Conservatives
        • Labour lost because FPTP means a MP has to win one more vote than the second placed candidate to win
      • Divided Party
        • Labour were Divided over foreign policy and the NHS
        • Socialists (Left wing of the party) wanted more state support for the party
      • Labour's Policies towards the end of their term
        • Labour's belief Britian was to be involved in the Cold War. Saw USSR as major enemy, USA as major ally
        • 1950 - Unwanted British involvement in the Korean War. Criticism from both Conservative and Labour MP's
    • Conservatives Won the 1951 Election, Meaning they would remain in Govt. until 1964


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