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.

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Liberalism in the north

Despite its decline after the First World War, the Liberal Party managed to hang on in Yorkshire and Lancashire, contributing to its eventual revival. Discuss…

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Death of Spencer Compton Cavendish, 8th Duke of Devonshire, Liberal statesman who broke with Gladstone over Ireland
Known throughout his career as an MP by the family courtesy title of Marquess of Hartington, he first served under Palmerston and joined Russell’s cabinet...