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The British General Election of 1931

Andrew Thorpe


The British general election of 1931 marked the culmination of a period of political and economic crisis, and has long been regarded as a watershed in 20th-century British history. In the summer of 1931, a struggling Labour government collapsed; its leader, Ramsay MacDonald, stayed on to form a National Government supported mainly by Conservatives and Liberals. Within six weeks the decision to call an election was taken, and in the ensuing contest the Nationals won an overwhelming victory. Labour was left with a rump of forty-six MPs, a decade in opposition, and an enduring sense of betrayal. ... More

Keywords: Britain, general election, Labour, Ramsay MacDonald, National Government, Conservatives, Liberals, two-party politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780198202189
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202189.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Thorpe, author
University of Exeter
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