1922 and 1923 were tumultuous years in British politics. Lloyd George was thrown out, and the Conservatives settled into power with a large Commons majority. Baldwin inherited that majority as Prime Minister in May 1923, but then lost it in a snap election later in the year. Some thought that that would be the end of him. In fact, it was the beginning of a long period in which Baldwin dominated the political scene with a clear, beautifully articulated Tory philosophy. In his talk, Alistair Lexden will review the events of 1922-23, and show how Baldwin made the inter-war years a Tory era.
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