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Coalition-Making

  • Nick Smart
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Abstract

The National government counted 554 supporters in the new Parliament. Ranged against an opposition made up of the Labour party’s official representation of 46 MPs, six non-endorsed Labourites and the Lloyd George group of four were 35 Simonites, 33 Samuelites, 13 MacDonaldites and no fewer than 473 Conservatives. With a government majority of 498 over all parties the House of Commons seating arrangement had to be changed in order to accommodate the exceptional imbalance of party representation.1 Opposition benches below the gangway were given over to government supporters, while two benches only housed the Labour remnant who, led now by Lansbury and ‘look[ing] as though there was not much fight left in them’, had nevertheless to perform their opposition duties.2

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Notes

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