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Gladstone Centenary Essays$
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David Bebbington and Roger Swift

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780853239253

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313202

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Gladstone's Fourth Administration, 1892–1894

Gladstone's Fourth Administration, 1892–1894

(p.225) Gladstone's Fourth Administration, 1892–1894
Gladstone Centenary Essays

David Brooks

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines Gladstone's fourth administration. The fourth administration indicated significant weaknesses in Liberalism, which was evident not least in the differences of emphasis that divided an octogenarian leader from many of his colleagues and followers. On the other hand, the fourth ministry also underlined Liberalism's strengths. Gladstone himself still proved an inspirational presence in parliamentary terms in 1893, and his last government had a unique record in that, unlike its predecessors, it remained undefeated in the House of Commons. Against all the odds, it survived from mid–August 1892 until Gladstone's resignation in early March 1894, at which point the leadership of the Liberal party in effect skipped two generations.

Keywords:   W.E. Gladstone, fourth administration, Liberalism, Liberal Party, resignation, House of Commons

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