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Stanley Baldwin in United Kingdom

Stanley Baldwin (1867–1947, earl Baldwin 1937) was a conservative politician “who was prime minister three times (1923–4, 1924–9, 1935–7) and whose terms of office included -in accordance to Bamber Gascoigne´ Encyclopedia of Britain about “Stanley Baldwin” – two major political crises, the *General Strike and the abdication. His cultivated image of being a plain man, typical of the average citizen, was to some extent justified (in spite of considerable family wealth from coal mines and steel mills) and it helped him in coping with each of these problems. He entered parliament in 1908.

After various ministerial appointments in Lloyd George’s coalition governments, he took a prominent stand against continuing the coalition when he supported Bonar *Law in the *Carlton Club meeting of 1922; and when Law became prime minister after the resulting election, Baldwin was made chancellor of the exchequer. Illness then forced Law to resign (1923) and Baldwin succeeded him as prime minister. For the rest of his political career he alternated the premiership with Ramsay *MacDonald, serving under him in the *national government from 1931 to 1935 and then following him at its head. In 1937 he retired and was succeeded by Neville Chamberlain.”

Stanley Baldwin History

Three times Conservative Prime Minister, he cultivated the image of a common-sense approach to politics. An early advocate of appeasement, but a determined opponent of the 1926 General Strike. Played a key role in removing Lloyd George in 1922. Died in 1947.

History of the 1st Lord Baldwin of Bewdley (1867-1947), earlier Stanley Baldwin

The following commentary about 1st Lord Baldwin of Bewdley (1867-1947), earlier Stanley Baldwin in the Churchill Era is produced by the Churchill College (Cambridge): British politician. Prime Minister 1923-1924, 1924-1929 and 1935-1937.

Elected as Conservative MP for Bewdley in 1908. Served as Financial Secretary to the Treasury (1917-1921), President of the Board of Trade (1921-1922) and Chancellor of the Exchequer (1922-1923), before becoming Prime Minister for much of the 1920’s and again in 1935 in the National Government.



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