This final chapter of this study describes how the Liberal Party confronted the problem of rebuilding the alliance on which it had been based in parliament since the 1830s. In some respects this was a more difficult task than agreement over ideology or principle. Men proved more intractable than measures. On behalf of the Whigs and remaining radicals, Lord John Russell and John Bright attempted to negotiate a settlement. But in the end, it was Lord Palmerston and the leading independent liberals who alone proved capable of resolving the dilemma.
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