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The Forgotten Prime MinisterThe 14th Earl of Derby$
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Angus Hawkins

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199204410

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199204410.001.0001

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Watching and Waiting: 1859–1866

Watching and Waiting: 1859–1866

(p.231) Chapter 5 Watching and Waiting: 1859–1866
The Forgotten Prime Minister

Angus Hawkins

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the political activities of Lord Derby after his second term as prime minister of Great Britain ended in June 1859. Derby resumed opposition to Viscount Palmerston's government with a keen sense of expectation. Benjamin Disraeli suggested that Palmerston's new ministry would be merely a refacimento of the old Palmerston clique. In a gala dinner on July 16, Derby assured the Conservative Members of Parliament and peers that the Conservative Party would soon gain the majority in the House of Commons.

Keywords:   Lord Derby, prime minister, Great Britain, Benjamin Disraeli, Viscount Palmerston, Conservative Party, political history

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