The Liberal Unionist party was one of the shortest-lived political parties in British history. It was formed in 1886 by a faction of the Liberal party, led by Lord Hartington, which opposed Irish home rule. In 1895, it entered into a coalition government with the Conservative party and in... read more
List of Illustrations
1. 'Dagon must be thrown down': The Origins of the Liberal Unionist Party
2. Whiggery or Socialism? The Ideologies of Liberal Unionism
3. 'Liberal Yeast to Leaven the Conservative Lump': The Unionist Alliance
4. Party Organisation -- Cave or Caucus?
5. Liberal Unionism and the Electorate -- 'A Farce and a Fraud'?
6. 'Strangled by Its Own Parent': The Strange Death of Liberal Unionism
Appendix 1: The Unionist 'Compact': 'Resolutions' (N.D.--1889) (Devonshire Papers 340.2205A)
Appendix 2: Liberal Unionists Organising Council (The Times, 21 March 1889)
Appendix 3: Members present at National Radical Union Conference, 1 June 1887, Birmingham Town Hall
Appendix 4: Liberal Unionist General Election Performance, 1886-1900
Appendix 5: Regional Distributon of Liberal Unionist Constituencies, 1886-1918
Appendix 6: Liberal Unionist MPs with Constituency and Dates Held
Appendix 7: Liberal Unionist By-Elections, 1886-1912
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