Winston Churchill

Why did Winston Churchill lose the 1945 election?

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2011-09-13 23:32:08

I think there was a great deal of resentment toward the

political party, the Conservatives, led by Churchill in 1945 but

not pre war, that had got Britain into WW2. The Labour party came

up with a succinct slogan which may have been part of the

reasoning, perhaps particularly effective on the returning members

of the armed forces: 'Cheer Winston:Vote Labour'. Personally

Churchill was very popular, but the Labour victory was a landslide

and brought about the 'Welfare State' largely due to the Beveridge

report which established the NHS (The National health Service)

which is the jewel in the crown of British social reform. Labour

were unable to maintain their political power into the 1950s and

remained in opposition until the Wilson administration of 1964 to

1970.

Also, voters trusted Labour to put the Beveridge Report into

practice. Churchill said Britain was 'too poor' to set up a Welfare

State yet and wasn't in favour of it. Despite Churchill's

leadership during the war; many people remembered the

Conservatives' failures during the 1930's (The Great Depression).

Which is why Labour won with a massive majority of seats.


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