The origins of the Ulster unionist party, 1885–6

  title={The origins of the Ulster unionist party, 1885–6},
  author={Donald C. Savage},
  journal={Irish Historical Studies},
  pages={185 - 208}
  • D. C. Savage
  • Published 1 March 1961
  • Political Science, History
  • Irish Historical Studies
The years 1885–6 were years of political confusion in Great Britain and Ireland. No less than four governments were in office from the spring of 1885 to the summer of 1886. Gladstone's government, beset by ministerial quarrels, fell on 9 June 1885, and was succeeded by the caretaker government of Lord Salisbury. The general election of December prolonged this political instability. The liberals were returned but with a majority of only two over the other parties. Salisbury remained in power… 

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