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  1. Scotland, Callaghan, Thatcher and others. A timeline from March 1979

    The POD is that in the referendum on Scottish devolution on 1 March 1979, the Yes vote received the votes of 40.9% of the registered electorate. In OTL it was 32.9% of the electorate. The Yes vote and the turnout were higher than in OTL. Because...
  2. A Riot in Birmingham and the Death of David Lloyd George: A Timeline from December 1901

    David Lloyd George tried to speak at an anti Boer War meeting in Birmingham Town Hall on 18 December 1901. A pro-war demonstration of 7,000 people degenerated into a riot. In a pitched battle a policeman and a rioter were killed. In OTL LLoyd George escaped disguised as a...
  3. One Queen of England After Another, Now For a Third: A Time Line from 1562.

    Queen Elizabeth I of England died of smallpox on 30 October 1562. She was twenty-nine years old, and had been queen for two and a half weeks short of four weeks. She was the third consecutive English monarch who had reigned for less than seven years...
  4. If Elizabeth I of England died of smallpox in October 1562, who would succeed her.

    Elizabeth nearly died. I am looking at a family tree of the children of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. There is Mary Queen of Scots; Margaret Stewart, Countess of Lennox; Henry Clifford, Earl of Cumberland, the widower of Eleanor Brandon, a...
  5. A Murder in the Royal Palace in Edinburgh - a Timeline from 1566
    Threadmarks: Mary Queen of Scots, Henry Darnley, Princess Margaret

    Saturday 9 March 1566 Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh. Mary Queen of Scots, her secretary and rumoured lover, David Rizzio, and a few other people, were enjoying an evening together in a private room in the palace. Armed men burst into the room, intent on killing Rizzio. He...
  6. AHC: Lloyd George does not become Prime Minister

    The POD is after the formation of the coalition government on 25 May 1915, when Lloyd George became Minister of Munitions in the cabinet. A condition of this challenge is that he cannot die or resign from the government because of illness. Asquith can continue in office from...
  7. The flame of British Liberalism burns steady and brighter: A timeline from 1945

    A Gallup Poll in June 1945 showed the voting intention for the Liberal Party as 15%. (1). In this TL the Liberal vote in the July 1945 general election is just below this at 14.4% compared to 8.9% in OTL. The book The British Voter: An Atlas ànd Survey since 1885 by Michael Kinnear...
  8. WI: The Black and Tans were not recruited and deployed in Ireland during the War of Independence?

    Would the war have been longer or shorter? The Black and Tans were not recruited until the end of 1919 because of the opposition of the Inspector General of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC), Sir Joseph Byrne. The Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Field-Marshal Viscount French, had been...
  9. WI The Labour majority after the October 1974 UK general election was 43 and not 3 as in OTL

    Labour would have 339 seats to 296 seats for all other parties, instead of 319 to 316 in OTL. There would not have been the Lib-Lab Pact, nor would the Labour government have been defeated in the House of Commons in March 1979, and a general election on 3 May 1979. If there was a general...
  10. AH challenge: John Henry Newman becomes Archbishop of Canterbury

    Of course he will have to stay a priest in the Church of England and not publish Tract 90 in 1841, which was important in his journey from Anglicanism to Catholicism. [1] Would he be better known today than the other nineteenth century Archbishops of Canterbury? This thread is in honour of...
  11. The road back to power: A TL from 1931

    The POD for this timeline is that Labour did better in the October 1931 UK general election with 79 seats instead of 52 in OTL. These cabinet ministers in the former Labour government saved their seats in this TL, but not in OTL: William Adamson [Fife West, Secretary of State for Scotland]...
  12. Stanley Baldwin's Successful Political Gamble: A TL from 1923

    When all the results had been declared on 8 December 1923 for the general election two days previously, the Conservative Party had 310 seats in the House of Commons and therefore a majority of five seats over all other parties and Independents. The number of seats won by each party and...
  13. WI: The Liberal Party and Irish Home Rule without William Gladstone

    If Gladstone died during his second premiership, say from a heart attack in 1883, would a future Liberal government introduce a Home Rule Bill? That would depend on Gladstone's successor as Prime Minister. The three most likely men would be Hugh Childers, the Chancellor of the Exchequer...
  14. WI English Catholic Colony in North America in 1582

    I have read in God's Traitors:Terror in Faith in Elizabethan England by Jessie Childs, that in 1582 a colony for English Catholics was proposed. Sir William Catesby (the father of Robert Catesby, one of the gunpowder plotters) was a backer. 'In return for putting up a hundred pounds and ten...
  15. WI: German Invasion of Poland at end of March 1939

    I have read in The Maisky Diaries: Red Ambassador to the Court of St. James's 1932-1943, edited by Gabriel Gorodetsky, that on the afternoon of 29 March 1939 the British foreign secretary, Lord Halifax, received "intelligence reports from Berlin about an impending German attack on Poland." What...
  16. WI: Liberal majority after 1892 general election in the UK

    After the general election in July 1892 the Conservatives and Liberal Unionist had the largest number of seats in the House of Commons, but they did not have an overall majority, and Gladstone became prime minister at the head of a minority Liberal government dependent on the support of the...
  17. WI: House of Commons passed 2nd Reading of Irish Home Rule Bill in June 1886

    This Bill was defeated by only 30 votes [311 votes to 341 votes] at the end of the second reading debate on 8 June 1886. [1] What if enough MPs who opposed the Bill voted in favour and/or abstained to give it a majority? I assume it would have been rejected by the House of Lords. Would Gladstone...
  18. How would British foreign policy differ if government had small majority from 1935?

    In OTL the National government had an overall majority of 186 after the general election in November 1935. If compared with the actual result there was a 6% swing from the parties supporting the National government [Conservative, National Labour and Liberal National] to Labour; a swing of 4.5%...
  19. WI women's suffrage in UK in 1896

    There was an article in the Manchester Guardian for 3 February 1896 headed 'Mr. Balfour and a New Reform Bill'. Balfour was First Lord of the Treasury and leader of the Conservative Party in the House of Commons. Here is an extract from the article as published in the book Women's Suffrage and...
  20. British foreign policy if Edward Grey not foreign secretary before before World War I

    Let's assume that Grey decided not to go into politics and devoted his life to bird watching and fly fishing instead. Here is his entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/33570. It summarises his policy as foreign secretary. Foreign policy...
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