As a special offer over the holiday season (until 6 January 2017) we are making our two short booklets on Liberal leaders available for 50% off:
Liberal Leaders of the Nineteenth Century
This forty-page booklet contains concise biographies of every Liberal leader from the Great Reform Act to the end of the nineteenth century – the heyday of the Liberal Party. The total of eleven biographies stretches from Lord Grey to Sur William Harcourt, including such towering figures as Viscount Melbourne, Lord John Russell, Lord Palmerston and William Ewart Gladstone.
Normal price £4; special offer price £2 (plus postage). 20% discount for Journal of Liberal History subscribers.
Liberal Leaders since 1900
The sixty-page booklet contains concise biographies of every Liberal, Social Democrat and Liberal Democrat leader since 1900. The total of sixteen biographies stretches from Henry Campbell-Bannerman to Nick Clegg, including such figures as H. H. Asquith, David Lloyd George, Jo Grimond, David Steel, David Owen and Paddy Ashdown. (Up to date as of 2013.)
Normal price £6; special offer price £3 (plus postage). 20% discount for Journal of Liberal History subscribers.
Best wishes to all our readers for Christmas and the New Year.
Please note that because of Parliamentary business, the start time for our meeting on Monday 27 June on the legacy of Roy Jenkins has changed from 6.30pm to 7.00pm.
Please print the web page and bring it with you; you may be asked to show it at the security check.
The latest book from the Liberal Democrat History Group aims to assess the qualities required for effective political leadership. Who is a good leader and who a bad?
British Liberal Leaders – published by Biteback alongside companion volumes on Conservative and Labour leaders – contains chapters on every leader of the Liberal Party, SDP and Liberal Democrats from Earl Grey, who led the Whigs through the Great Reform Act of 1832, to Nick Clegg, the first Liberal leader to enter government for more than sixty years. Chapters cover such towering political figures as Palmerston, Gladstone, Asquith and Lloyd George; those, such as Sinclair, Clement Davies and Grimond, who led the party during its darkest hours; and those who led its revival, including David Steel, Roy Jenkins and Paddy Ashdown.
The book also contains interviews with Steel, Ashdown and Clegg on their experiences in leadership, and a range of analytical frameworks by which to judge the leaders on their records.
British Liberal Leaders is available now from our shop, and will be on sale at the History Group’s exhibition stand at the Liberal Democrat conference in Bournemouth, for £25 (£20 for subscribers to the Journal of Liberal History). Simon Hughes, Paul Tyler and Menzies Campbell will be launching the book at our fringe meeting on Sunday 20 September (1300–1400), in the Deauville Suite, Trouville Hotel. All welcome.