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The Forgotten Prime MinisterThe 14th Earl of Derby$
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Angus Hawkins

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199204410

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199204410.001.0001

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‘Killing with Kindness’: 1852–1855

‘Killing with Kindness’: 1852–1855

(p.61) Chapter 2 ‘Killing with Kindness’: 1852–1855
The Forgotten Prime Minister

Angus Hawkins

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the activities of Lord Derby after his release from office as prime minister of Great Britain in December 1852. While Derby spent the Christmas season in Lancashire, the new Prime Minister, the Earl of Aberdeen, negotiated the formation of a coalition government in London and Woburn. Derby predicted that forming such a coalition ministry would prove difficult and produce considerable ill feeling. He resolved to wait for events to unfold and impressed upon his ally Benjamin Disraeli the importance of masterly inactivity.

Keywords:   Lord Derby, prime minister, Great Britain, Earl of Aberdeen, coalition ministry, Benjamin Disraeli

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