Division and Retrenchment: 1919–25
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The general election in 1918, which in Ireland resulted in a triumph for Sinn Fein, in the United Kingdom as a whole saw renewed confidence placed in Lloyd George’s wartime coalition. Indeed the government was returned with an overwhelming majority and with a huge preponderance of Conservative members. The Commons was to be left even more unbalanced when the Sinn Fein MPs adhered to their electoral promise and, disdaining to appear at Westminster, created their own assembly, Dail Eireann, in Dublin, and set about building an alternative administration for Ireland.
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