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‘Casts much light both on the evolution of British radicalism, and on the legacy which he bequeathed to his son, Tony. Professor Vernon Bogdanor, King's College, London

‘Brilliant biography…wonderful reading about the father and...discovering more about the son.’ Steve Richards of The Independent

‘Well-written and carefully researched, this fascinating biography brings to life a major figure in British political history…an excellent job of weaving together the strands of a complex life…as well as filling in the background of the Benn family’ Richard Doherty, military historian

Friday, 19 October 2012

Tory MPs scuttle coalition with Liberals

19 October 2012 - marks the 90th anniversary of the meeting which brought to an end the last premiership of a Liberal prime minister. 

Conservative MPs met at the Carlton Club in London on 19 October 1922 and, against the advice of their leaders, decided to end their coalition with Lloyd George’s Liberals before the government had run its full term. A general election was precipitated and the Conservatives won an overall majority.

This scenario may sound tempting to some current Conservative MPs, but the victorious Conservative leader, Andrew Bonar Law died within seven months and the Conservatives were defeated barely a year later in a general election which let in the first Labour government.

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