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David Lloyd George

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Leaman 1 David Lloyd George is regarded as one of Britain’s best statesman. This paper will examine David Lloyd George and his position as a social reformer in Great Britain. His early career in politics emphasized a need for reform and a voice amongst the poor of Great Britain. “Mr. Lloyd George owed his success to four main causes- courage, oratory, astute use of the press, and supreme smartness,” stated Beriah Evans. “The Little Brother of the Poor,” coined by Bonar Law for Lloyd George on account of his efforts to ameliorate the life of the less fortunate classes of Great Britain, would be a title he would be most proud of honoring his social reforms. 1 Both admirers and opponents of David Lloyd George will agree that he was one of the most prominent figures and forces for that matter, in British politics. From humble beginnings in the Welsh mountains, he lived to become one of the most popular statesmen of Europe. “A man of the people and a democrat to the core, he has yet the autocratic instinct of the born leader of men.” 2 Campaigning for peace and transforming the British parliament, Lloyd George is held responsible for voicing liberal influence that echoed throughout Britain, remaining loyal towards his cause for the poor. Remembered as the “ordinary persons’” politician, David Lloyd George left his mark upon the sand in British history. David Lloyd George was born in Chortlon-upon-Medlock, Manchester on January 17, 1863 as the son of a schoolmaster. His father died when he was young and his mother took him to Wales to be raised by his uncle, a cobbler, in Caernarvonshire. Lloyd George excelled in his studies at the village school, learning Latin and French, in order to qualify for legal training. He became a lifelong Welsh nationalist and the first and only Welshman to hold the office of Prime Minister. He married Margaret Owen and
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Leaman 2 conceived five children. “She raised millions of pounds for charity during the First World War and was made a Dame in 1920. She also became the first woman JP in Wales in 1928.” 7 In 1943, after the death of his first wife, he married his longtime mistress and former personal secretary Frances Stevenson. She had one child, whom was often rumored to be adopted. Amongst his children, his son, Gwilym, and daughter, Megan, both followed his footsteps into politics and became elected members of parliament later in life. 7 In 1890, He qualified as a solicitor and was elected Liberal Member of Parliament for Caernarvon, a seat he held until 1945. He quickly became known for his radicalism and earned notoriety for his mordacious wit, making him feared, but widely respected. In 1905, the Prime Minister, Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, appointed Lloyd George as president of the Board of Trade. In 1908, he was named Chancellor of the Exchequer in the government of HH Asquith. In 1909 Lloyd George introduced a budget called the 'people's budget'. It provided for social insurance (health and unemployment insurance) to be partly financed by land and income taxes.
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