British general election gives Irish Home-Rulers the balance of power

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Historical Context Note

In the British general election, the Liberal Party wins 335 seats, the Conservatives 249, and the Irish Home Rule Party 86. Thus no single party possesses enough seats to form a government. However, the Home-Rulers hold the balance of power, and they offer their temporary support to their Conservatives, which form a minority government under Prime Minister Lord Salisbury.
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Editors. "British general election gives Irish Home-Rulers the balance of power". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 December 2011
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