Herbert Asquith

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Herbert Asquith was a Liberal Prime Minister of the UK from 1908 to 1916.

He was the last Liberal prime minister to win an outright majority, and led Britian into World War I.

The most notable aspect of his tenure was the introduction of old age pensions - the Conservatives, determined to stop the passage of the bill, used their majority in the House of Lords to block it. This break with protocol - the Lords did not traditionally interfere with finance measures - led to a constitutional crisis that ultimately resulted in a severe reduction of the power of the Lords, through the Parliament Act of 1911.