Opposition, 1945–1951

  • T. F. Lindsay
  • Michael Harrington


In retrospect the period 1945–51 has acquired something of the aura of a heroic age in the history of the Conservative party. The party was in its worst position since 1906, faced with a powerful and undeniably able Labour Government pledged to carry out a Socialist policy. In this weak state the Conservatives regenerated their organisation under the charismatic chairmanship of Lord Woolton, their political formulae under the influence of Butler, and mounted a vigorous attack in the House of Commons under the leadership of Churchill — although that leadership was often more figurative than direct. There is enough truth in this picture to make it a satisfactory political legend, but the reality was not always so impressive.


Executive Committee Conservative Policy Conservative Party Party Organisation Servative Party 
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    Lord Woolton, Memoirs (1959) P. 336.Google Scholar

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© T. F. Lindsay and Michael Harrington 1974

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  • Michael Harrington

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