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I've been doing my 'homework' on politics and a pattern late 1800 to early 1900s was that it was very much the Tory party and the Liberal party (later liberal democrats in the 1980s) and just want to know where the party got so wrong?
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I've been doing my 'homework' on politics and a pattern late 1800 to early 1900s was that it was very much the Tory party and the Liberal party (later liberal democrats in the 1980s) and just want to know where the party got so wrong?
The Liberal party (which was known as representing the working classes) started to decline after their landslide in 1906 - largely because they split politically in WW1 and the Labour Party rose in prominence.

As for more recent times? They entered a coalition they weren't ready for IMO. They should've done nothing, had a re-election, lost seats and then tried again in May this year.


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This chart from Wikipedia sums up what happened to the Liberal vote - the share of the Conservative vote was not really altered much by the arrival of Labour, but Labour took votes from the Liberals. This was also a reason why the Conservatives dominated most of the 20th century: the non-Tory vote was split and that gave them a big advantage in winning elections.

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