Conservatives win British general election (66 words)

Historical Context Note

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In the British general election, Conservatives win 316 seats, which forms a majority in partnership (though not a formal coalition) with a group of 78 dissident Liberal Unionists, opposed to their party's support of Irish Home Rule. The main Liberal party gain 191 seats, and the Irish Nationalists win 85. As a result, after three weeks of negotiations, Lord Salisbury forms a Conservative ministry, that remains in government until August 1892.

Editors. "Conservatives win British general election". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 December 2011
[, accessed 30 April 2017.]

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