Peel and the Conservative Party Essay by Mbeko

Peel and the Conservative Party
An analysis of Sir Robert Peel's volatile relationship with the Conservative Party and the legacy of Lord Liverpool.
# 51926 | 2,618 words | 6 sources | APA | 2004 | GB
Published on Jul 13, 2004 in History (British) , History (Leaders) , Political Science (Non-U.S.)

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This paper examines how in the period directly after the resignation and death of Lord Liverpool, the Tory party oscillated between leaders and gradually deteriorated as a parliamentary force. It looks at how after the passing of the Great Reform Act, Robert Peel emerged as evidently the most talented parliamentarian on the opposition benches and how with the support of Wellington acceded to the Premiership in 1834. It discusses the extent to which Peel deserves the title "Liberal Tory" and investigates his reputation as 'The Queen's Minister'. It also provides a fluent and knowledgable account of both the leading political actors of the age and the transition in Victorian party politics.

From the Paper:

"The Prime Minister certainly appeared to have significant sway over his chorus in terms of gaining their support for the potentially difficult issues of Malt Tax and resignation. Peel's standing within his party increased considerably during the 1834/35 ministry and this gave significant strength to his policy of governing in opposition. Peel aimed essentially to support the government when he thought it right, and make amendments to legislation when necessary. Moreover, he was able to considerably influence government policy on occasion, such as over Ecclessiastical reform."

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