Conservative power

However it was not just what the Conservatives did to stay in power between 1951-1964 it was their opposition the Labour party. During the years of Conservative power Labour suffered conflict within in the party. The party soon became divided over many issues and resulted the party being split. The split in the Labour Party was as a result of the H-bomb. The Bevanites of the party were against Britain's decision to manufacture the bomb, saying that it would bring unwanted attention to Britain, whereas others said it would bring with it a useful influence.

In 1957, Bevan argued that the manufacture of the H-bomb could: – ' Force the other super powers to take notice of Britain and could give the UK a decisive voice in international affairs'. This meant that if the H-bomb was introduced it would mean that the other countries would show more respect towards Britain in foreign affairs and that Britain could be seen as a major country again. This was a major cause towards Labour's split and helped the Conservatives to control the country and win elections year after year.

The conflict within in the Labour party was a significant factor in The Conservatives successes. In conclusion I believe that the Conservative's stayed in power for thirteen years because of the situation in Britain at this time. Britain was in a boom and this was seen in accumulation of personal savings, the increase in home ownership and above all the increase sale of consumer goods. For the first time people owned washing machines and had the enjoyment of a television. Britain had not been having theses pleasures before with war and countless economic problems.

Finally the streets were safe to walk on and the nation possessed an enviable sense of community. The conservatives used this to gain support for their party and as Macmillan famously said in 1957 they had 'Never had it so good'. The Labour party did play a significant role in helping the Conservatives win three successive electoral elections. The conflict within in the party did enable the Conservatives to gain support but it was the boom within Britain that did win them their three victories.

Macmillan also contributed to the Conservatives thirteen-year era because he rescued them from the lapse that they had suffered in the years before. Macmillan cut income tax in the 1959 budget, he had industrial production racing ahead and unemployment was falling. His achievements were great and he rightfully earned the name 'Supermac' but as in 1955 with Churchill Tory successes rested primarily on a boom. The sharp rise in living conditions moved Britain forward and enabled the Conservatives to stay in power between 1951-1964.