Why did Lloyd George and the Conservatives win the coupon elections?
The coupon elections refer to the letter sent to parliamentary candidates at the United Kingdom general election, 1918 endorsing them as official representatives of the Coalition Government. Lloyd George and the conservatives won the coupon elections for many reason. These include Lloyd George himself, the conservatives, Labour and Asquith. They all played a big role in how Lloyd George became the Prime Minister without a party and the conservatives where the party in coalition with him.
The first reason why Lloyd George and the conservatives won the elections is because of Lloyd George himself. One of the main reasons for this was because he was a great public speaker and socially impressed people. This was important because he had to get the public onside to get the vote. He did this by telling the people that land fit for heroes would come out of the war. He also brought in social reforms which lead the working class people to agree with his actions so their life could gradually improve. Lloyd George also embodied a new mood of confidence and determination to England. Lloyd George also proved himself by turning around the 1915 shortage of munitions whilst acting as Minister of Munitions. This meant that he proved himself to the people of England that he was capable of running part of the country and could control a situation efficiently. Lloyd George also introduced DORA (Defence or the Realm Act). Although Lloyd George did have a negative side; he was a ‘prisoner of the Tories’. This means that without the support/back up of the Tories he could not become Priminister.
The second reason why Lloyd George and the conservatives won the coupon elections is because of the Labour Party and how they had no real chance in getting into power. This is because they did not have much experience and had never actually been in Government unlike the Liberals and the conservatives. Labour were also a...