A new type of Liberalism had emerged by 1900. It championed the idea that the government should intervene to help the poor. This provided the inspiration for social reform.
Many politicians, especially in the Liberal Party, abandoned the idea of ‘laissez-faire’:
Campbell-Bannerman (an 'Old Liberal') was replaced in 1908, by Herbert Asquith, who was much more supportive of New Liberalism.
'New Liberals' such as David Lloyd George and Winston Churchill rose to prominence in Asquith’s government.