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

The 1979 General Election

The 1979 general election inaugurated the premiership of Margaret Thatcher and an eighteen-year period of Conservative government. It took place after the ‘winter of discontent’,…

Latest Journal Issue

Cover of Journal of Liberal History 105

Journal of Liberal History 105

In this issue: Gambling on Brexit – analysis of the Liberal Democrat performance in the 2019 general election (John Curtice); Liberal Democrat leadership performance –…

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Announcement of the Limehouse Declaration
Following a special Labour Party conference which gave the lion’s share of the vote in future Labour leadership elections to the trade unions and relegated...