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Dundee and the Empire'Juteopolis' 1850-1939$
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Jim Tomlinson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748686148

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748686148.001.0001

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The Politics of Dundee: The 1906 and 1908 Elections

The Politics of Dundee: The 1906 and 1908 Elections

(p.78) Chapter 5 The Politics of Dundee: The 1906 and 1908 Elections
Dundee and the Empire

Jim Tomlinson

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the extent to which the debate between free trade and protectionism dominated the two parliamentary elections in the Scottish city of Dundee: the general election of 1906 and the by-election of 1908. In particular, it considers the relevance of the two elections in helping to understand the responses of Dundonians to the dilemmas they faced in responding to the challenges of globalisation and imperial competition. The 1906 election brought into the Westminster Parliament one of the first two Labour MPs in Scotland, Alexander Wilkie, the first break in Liberal representation in Dundee since 1832. On the basis of this apparent seismic shift in electoral politics in Dundee, the chapter analyses some of the underpinnings of political allegiance in the city. It also discusses Winston Churchill's victory in the by-election of 1908 and what it implies about the strengths and weaknesses of Dundee Liberalism as it grappled with the challenges to the city, while fighting off the advance of the Labour Party.

Keywords:   free trade, protectionism, parliamentary elections, Dundee, globalisation, competition, Westminster Parliament, Scotland, electoral politics, Winston Churchill

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