Why Did Labour Win the 1945 General Election?

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In 1945, the general election was held after the allied victory in Europe over the axis forces, and its result came as a result to Britain’s wartime leader Winston Churchill. Churchill’s campaign was based around his wartime leadership, and the fact that he lead the country to victory. Instead of their conservative wartime leader, the british public voted for labour and its leader, Clement Attlee. Whilst both Churchill and Attlee were household names in the UK, Attlee was relatively unknown outside of the country, which is why the result of the election came as such a shock to many people around the world, who expected the british public to unanimously side with the man that had lead them to victory in the wartime period. The 1945 election was held on the July 5th with the election campaigns beginning in ernest a month prior. However due to many british servicemen stationed around the world still involved in the war against japan which would not be brought to a close until August 9th. This meant that the results of the election were not known until July 26th, when it was announced that labour had secured 47% of the votes, and 61% of the seats in the house of commons. Towards the end of the war in Europe, the Labour party withdrew from the wartime government in peroration for the forthcoming election to take place in July. Prior to the election, King George VI dissolved the parliament that had stood for 10 years without an election, to make way for the forthcoming july election, that would provide the country with a dedicated postwar government lead by a peacetime leader. Winston Churchill was said to be ‘both shocked and stunned’ by the defeat suffered by his conservative party, especially after opinion polls from earlier in the year cited him as being popular with over 80% of the population. However it was obvious that it was a postwar government that the…...

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