In 1906 the Liberal Party won the general election and promised to be a government committed to social reform. Winston Churchill and David Lloyd George were key ministers who supported votes for women. Suffragists and suffragettes were hopeful that the Liberals would back their cause but the Liberal Prime Minister Herbert Henry Asquith was firmly opposed. The Liberal Party remained split on the issue of votes for women. Many suffragettes decided that militant tactics were now the only possible route to success.