The Conservative Party leadership election of 1995

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Author: Keith Alderman
Date: Apr. 1996
From: Parliamentary Affairs(Vol. 49, Issue 2)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Document Type: Article
Length: 8,031 words

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The 1995 snap UK Conservative Party leadership election, prompted by Prime Minister John Major's June resignation, exposed problems in the Conservatives' leadership electoral system. Party in-fighting over issues such as European policy led to the leadership showdown, but Major's snap election challenge exploited the disarray among his fellow Conservatives. His victory in the party election quieted criticism from both the press and his party. Major managed to repair some of the party's splits, although other fissures began to appear later in the year.

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A18308748