Asquith coalition ministry
H. H. Asquith formed a wartime coalition government on 25 May 1915. The change of government resulted from a series of attacks on the Liberal government, and particularly on Winston Churchill, by the Conservatives in the aftermath of the Gallipoli Campaign and in the context of the Shell Crisis. The new Cabinet included nine Conservatives and one Labour minister, but the Liberals continued to hold most of the important posts. The Conservatives were not pleased with the offices they received and their leader Bonar Law became dissatisfied with Asquith and the Liberals' conduct of affairs. The government collapsed in December 1916 as a result of the resignation of the Conservatives, who refused to serve any longer under Asquith. Asquith and most of the Liberals then moved into opposition, while the Conservatives formed a new coalition with a minority of the Liberals, under the leadership of Liberal David Lloyd George on 6 December 1916.
|Asquith coalition ministry|
|Date formed||25 May 1915|
|Date dissolved||7 December 1916|
|People and organisations|
|Head of state||George V|
|Head of government||H. H. Asquith|
|Head of government's history||1908–1916|
|Total no. of ministers||85 appointments|
|Status in legislature||Majority (coalition)|
Opposition Conservative Party
Sir Edward Carson
|Legislature term(s)||30th UK Parliament|
|Predecessor||First Asquith ministry|
|Successor||Lloyd George war ministry|
List of ministersEdit
Cabinet members are listed in bold face.
- Montagu entered the cabinet on 16 January 1916.
- Grey was created the 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon on 27 July 1916.
- Cecil joined the Cabinet on 23 February 1916.
- Devonshire also served as Joint Government Chief Whip in the House of Lords.
- Crewe also served as Leader of the House of Lords.
- Hylton served as Joint Government Chief Whip in the House of Lords from 26 July 1916.
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First Asquith ministry
| Government of the United Kingdom
Lloyd George war ministry