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Indeed, nationality had been a political issue, for Conservatives tended to regard Monmouthshire as English, while Liberals stressed its Welshness. For a port which looked across the Bristol Channel, and many of whose inhabitants derived from England, the Welsh culture which nourished Liberalism further west may have been more of a novelty than a source of inspiration. 7 As in the country at large, the root cause of Newport Conservatives' hostility to the Coalition Government was not anything that it had done but the fact that it existed at all.

63. There is similar evidence in local newspapers. 14 Conservative Clubs' Gazette (June 1922). NEWPORT AND THE FALL OF THE COALITION 37 But how much did the drink issue really affect the outcome of the Newport by-election? Only once before had the Conservatives held the seat (Monmouth Boroughs in I900) and then they had exploited exactly the same issue. However, since the drink issue was just one of many reasons why they regularly polled well among working-class voters, its effect should be seen as continuous rather than sudden.

8 per cent of the poll. As one leading Labour agent bemoaned after the election, virtually every working-class Labour man still continued to vote for the Liberal. 4 In the Berwick-upon-Tweed by-election, where the sitting National Liberal had been unseated on petition and his wife subsequently stood as an official Conservative in his place, the voting revealed very little change.

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