Campbell-Bannerman was not a very good parliamentary orator but had a reputation as an efficient political operator and in 1898 became leader of the House of Commons. Campbell-Bannerman opposed the Boer War and advocated comprehensive social reforms and in doing so established himself as one of the most important figures on the progressive wing of the party.
Campbell-Bannerman was kindness itself. I often wonder what the developments in English politics would have been had this genial, kindly Scotsman lived. There might have been no war in 1914; the course of the Labour Movement might have been different - for this man believed in peace and was not afraid of the word Socialism, and did believe unemployment was a national problem and the unemployed the care of the State.
Campbell-Bannerman was a remarkable man. Appointed as Liberal leader when the Party fortunes had almost vanished, he built them up again by calm, patient, indomitable work, until his gentle and unflinching courage had its reward in a sweeping Liberal victory. He was deeply sensitive, a passionate lover of peace, a man of wide outlook and great understanding. He was nit a brilliant orator, but the House always listened to him with respect and sympathy, simply because of his quiet sincerity.