In the 1890s the Liberal Unionists became more closely linked with the Unionists, Chamberlain and Devonshire (as Hartington had become) entering Salisbury's government in 1895. They split over tariff reform in the 1900s, some following Chamberlain into protection, others forming, with some Tories, the Unionist Free Food League. The Chamberlain family maintained control of the Liberal Unionist Council. The Liberal Unionists fused with the Conservative Party in 1912 and their members were admitted to the Carlton Club.
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