The Tory government led by Arthur Balfour finally resigned in November 1905. It was on the brink of disintegration anyway over its disagreements on tariff reform and Balfour hoped to exploit the continuing divisions in Liberalism between the Imperialists and Radicals, by challenging Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman to form an effective Cabinet that could unite his party. After a brief struggle, the new Prime Minister was successful, forming a carefully balanced administration that included all the leading Imperialists bar Rosebery. Lloyd George did not join in the frenzied attempts of many of his colleagues to beg office, by letter or in person. He simply assumed he would be offered a post, even neglecting to tell Campbell-Bannerman of his whereabouts in London.1 Despite Liberalism’s ten years out of office, most of the places in the new Cabinet were reserved for men who had played some role in the last government of 1895. Only six of Campbell-Bannerman’s Cabinet had never held any ministerial post before and Lloyd George was the youngest of them, confirming his role as a rising star in the party.
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