Beyond Pope Francis: 10 More Conservatives Who Have Gone Liberal

Benjamin Disraeli

Benjamin Disraeli
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Being the only Jewish Prime Minister in the history of Great Britain is in itself a pretty liberating accomplishment. As leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister (briefly in 1868, and then from 1874 to 1880), he tried to ameliorate the devastating class divisions in Victorian society through a paternalist policy of "One Nation" conservatism, also known as Tory democracy. Though vaguely defined, the program included innovative legislation like the Conspiracy And Protection of Property Act, which made it legal for workers to strike.

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