Forecasts, Results and First Reactions
In the Parliament elected in 1906 the Liberals and their allies with a majority of 356 had enjoyed a superiority unequalled since the electoral landslide following the 1832 Reform Act. The Liberals alone had possessed a majority of 130 over all other parties. By the time of the dissolution in January 1910 the combined majority had been reduced to 334 and the absolute Liberal majority to 76.
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- Sir Almeric Fitzroy suggested to Lord Pentland that the Government was likely to lose heavily in the Home Counties, but was informed that this was not what the Liberal election agents expected. Fitzroy, Memoirs, i 392–3. See also the warnings of D. C. Peddar, ‘The Corruption of the Cotter,’ Contemporary Review, xcvi (Dec 1909) 690.Google Scholar
- 46.Pro Patria (J. L. Garvin), ‘The General Election and the Next’, National Review, liv (Feb. 1910) 933.Google Scholar