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How successful was Campbell-Bannerman in his decade as the leader of the Liberal party In order to rate how successful Henry Campbell-Bannerman was his aims must be identified and then measured against the results he achieved As Campbell-Bannerman also has the added complication of becoming Prime Minister halfway his decade as leader this must also be taken into account Henry Campbell originally came to be Liberal leader because he was seen to be acceptable to both sides of the Little Englander versus Liberal Imperialist row within the party He believed that both Harcourt pro-Boer and Rosebery Limps and their followers were extremists within the party and that normal party members would be united by an attack on fundamental Liberal principles He believed that the dispute over imperialism only went skin deep and that the party could unite around the Newcastle Programme reforms The main problem with the Liberals from the 1890s to the victory in 1906 was the disunity caused by the split over the imperial issue Campbell-Bannerman arguably solved this by uniting the rank and file of the party and making his leadership unchallengeable His methods of barbarism speech in 1901 made it clear that he was not in support of the Limps imperial policies Of course the ramifications of this do depend on how much importance the Limps put on their imperial policies as this was arguably the only thing separating the Limps from the rest of the party Ireland is another example of how Campbell-Bannerman helped the Liberals put the past behind them In 1905 he endorsed the Limp idea of gradualism as regarding Home Rule There would be move towards Home Rule but no immediate Home Rule Bill Home Rule would no longer be the dominant issue it once was Campbell-Bannermans success in dealing with the imperial row in the Liberal party shows that he achieved a lot more than his predecessors including Gladstone in understanding and
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