By P. F. Clarke
Why was once there a Liberal govt in Britain from 1905 till the 1st international warfare? And why was once the Liberal get together changed via the Labour get together so presently afterwards? those are the categories of difficulties which Dr Clarke examines in his examine of the Liberal revival in Lancashire. The vote in north-west England used to be mostly liable for bringing the Liberal executive into strength and for conserving its place, however it additionally produced virtually part the recent Labour MP's in 1906. therefore any passable interpretation of electoral historical past within the early 20th century needs to account for what occurred in Lancashire. This booklet calls into query some of the traditional assumptions approximately British politics within the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries.
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The greatest single mainstay of the Conservative party was the presence in the towns of an Irish immigrant community living uneasily amongst the indigenous population. 1 Explicitly religious clashes were not uncommon in localities of Irish concentration, and the fact that the Irish lived in the most squalid districts of the towns was seen as a simple demonstration of cause and effect. The English worker unleashed his prejudices against a way of life which he did not understand; the Irishman in turn had forgiven nothing and forgotten nothing.
The assertion of political rights in the north west began in the 1830s with the first redistribution of parliamentary seats and the incorporation of many newly important towns. Since boroughs in south east Lancashire were often within seven miles of each other, men resident in one might still enjoy full burgess rights in another where they had business interests. Movements for Reform and incorporation throughout the towns were kept on parallel lines since their leadership was knit together in this way, and a habit of cooperation was established.
McCord. ), Ideas and Institutions of Victorian Britain, pp. 87-114. 28 Manchester School to Tory Democracy Bright's with Rochdale. Free Trade was a part of the conventional wisdom of the later nineteenth century, but in the north west its acceptance was so buttressed by local tradition that it was apostasy to question it. The neoprotectionist attempt to force the issue in the late 1870s and 1880s only served to show the solidity of sentiment against fiscal change. It is true that Farrer Ecroyd, a Burnley textiles manufacturer, preached Fair Trade with some success; he twice stood against Harrington in North East Lancashire and in 1881 won a by-election at Preston.
Lancashire and the New Liberalism by P. F. Clarke