When Disraeli became Prime Minister in 1874, he had been a Member of Parliament at Westminster since 1841. He had become leader of the Conservative Party, and also briefly Prime Minister, in 1868 after Lord Derby retired, but was soon ousted when the Liberal Party won that year's General Election. Their leader, William Ewert Gladstone, became Disraeli's great rival on the Parliamentary stage. Disraeli's second term as Prime Minister was won with the Conservatives' first overall majority since the 1840s. This allowed him to make his mark on the country, although his cabinet was equally important in pushing its reform agenda. Legislation including a Public Health Act (1875) and Employers and Workmen Act (1875), an 1876 Education Act, and a…
Editors. "Benjamin Disraeli becomes Prime Minister for the second time". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 August 2013; last revised 30 November -1.
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