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Sir Charles Dilke's claim to a leading place in the pantheon of Victorian radicalism, with Cobden, Bright and Chamberlain, has been overshadowed by the sensational divorce case in 1886 that ruined his career. Yet his political abilities were great and his career a most remarkable one. He was regarded by many of his contemporaries as a likely successor to Gladstone and a probable future Prime Minister. It can be argued that his political eclipse was a crucial contributing factor to the Liberal Party's failure to provide a viable alternative to the rise of the Labour Party.
|Publication date:||1st July 1995|
|Publisher:||Hambledon Continuum an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
|Categories:||Political parties, Biography: historical, political & military, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, Liberalism & centre democratic ideologies,|