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Neville Chamberlain under pressure
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English Choose a language for shopping. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Chamberlain then tried to form a national coalition government by joining his party, the Conservatives, with Labour and the Liberals.
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Clement Attlee, the Labour leader, refused to join any such government led by Chamberlain. Chamberlain had no option but to resign. There were now two Tory candidates for prime minister: The exact details of the discussions between Chamberlain, Churchill and Halifax about who would become prime minister remain unclear.
The outcome, however, was clear. Halifax probably believed he could restrain Churchill more effectively by serving under him rather than as his leader.
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If it all went wrong, he could step in from a position of strength. The field was now clear for Churchill, but he was by no means the obvious choice.
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He had had a highly successful political career in the early 20th Century but spent the s 'in the wilderness', as he described it. He was regarded by many politicians as unreliable and impetuous for, amongst other things: Despite this, the outbreak of war with Germany in proved Churchill right. He was made prime minister on the same day that Germany invaded Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg ending the 'Phoney War'.
Although Churchill's appointment as prime minister was not initially welcomed by many of his political colleagues, he did enjoy widespread public support. Victory at all costs.
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