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Could UK’s final December election 1923 be portentous for Boris Johnson?

Last updated on October 30, 2019

In these two ballots, Conservative prime ministers have appeared to fortify their leaderships after inheriting the role from ancient resigning predecessors — but it’s the outcome from the prior that the recent PM would love to prevent.

Stanley Baldwin became the UK’s prime minister in 1923 following Andrew Bonar Law has been diagnosed with terminal throat cancer and resigned from the article in May of the year.

The UK at the time was fraught with higher unemployment and has been coping with ongoing problems in a postwar economy.

Baldwin, who watched a response in an introduction of trade tariffs on imports, chose to call an election on December 6 to fasten his or her mandate.

While it resulted in the Conservatives winning the most seats, the strategy finally backfired on Baldwin following his resistance the Labour Party and the Liberals — won enough seats between them to create a hung parliament.

Baldwin’s Conservatives won 258 seats in the election, which will be 51 seats shy of the 309 chairs essential to control an overall majority.

The Labour Party won 191 chairs, along with the Liberals 158.

In spite of this setback to his direction, the prime minister didn’t resign immediately and rather continued to try to regulate the nation.

It finally went to find that the Labour Party rule using a minority government together with the UK’s first Labour prime minister, Ramsay MacDonald, at the helm.

It’s also interesting to remember that Ramsey’s premiership did not last long. A vote of no confidence in his administration had been carried by a huge majority, resulting in a different election in October 1924 – that was won by the Conservatives.

The UK’s present Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who took the job after his predecessor Theresa May resigned in July, will seem to prevent history repeating itself since he attempts a mandate amid the nation’s continuing Brexit woes.