Why did Winston Churchill lose the 1945 election?
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
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.