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Portrait of a PartyThe Conservative Party in Britain 1918-1945$
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Stuart Ball

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199667987

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199667987.001.0001

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The Parliamentary Party

The Parliamentary Party

Composition and Dissent

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(p.307) 5 The Parliamentary Party
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Portrait of a Party
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Stuart Ball

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199667987.003.0006

The first part of this chapter is an analysis of the personnel of the Conservative Party in the House of Commons between the wars, which examines their social, educational and occupational backgrounds, and their career patterns, including lengths of service and the rewards of the honours system. It then considers the nature of their working milieu, before proceeding to discuss the various sections and factions, and the cases of dissent and disunity. The role of the Whips is assessed, and the development of the backbench subject committees and their general representative body, known as the ‘1922 Committee’, is explained. The chapter concludes with a consideration of the declining role and importance of the Conservative peers in the House of Lords.

Keywords:   Parliament, members of parliament, House of Commons, House of Lords, whips, 1922 Committee, party factions

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