Liberal Democrat History Group

The Liberal Democrat History Group promotes the discussion and research of topics relating to the histories of the British Liberal Democrats and its predecessor parties, the Liberal Party and the SDP, and of liberalism more broadly.

We publish the Journal of Liberal History and a range of books – the latest of which is British Liberal Leaders – and shorter booklets – the latest of which is Liberal History: A concise history of the Liberal Party, SDP and Liberal Democrats – organise regular speaker meetings, maintain a Liberal history website and provide assistance with research.

Not a member? You can join here. Membership includes a subscription to the Journal and discounts on all the Group’s publications.

Latest Event

Europe: the Liberal commitment

Why have the Liberal Democrats, and their Liberal and SDP predecessors, always supported membership of the EU? Discuss the historical origins of the Liberal commitment…

Latest Journal Issue

Cover of Journal of Liberal History 99

Journal of Liberal History 99

In this issue: Religion and politics in the Edwardian era (Roger Ottewill); The Liberal Party and the trade unions in the 1870s (Tim Hughes); Asquith:…

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John Morley is appointed Chief Secretary for Ireland in Gladstone's last administration
This was the second time Morley has held this post, having briefly served in 1886 before the fall of Gladstone’s third ministry over Irish Home...