New concise history booklet published

New from the Liberal Democrat History Group: Liberal History: A concise history of the Liberal Party, SDP and Liberal Democrats – 350 years of party history in 32 pages.

Revised and updated to include the coalition and its impact and the 2015 election and its aftermath. The essential introduction to Liberal history.

Special discounted price for Journal of Liberal History subscribers. For more details, see here.

New booklet from the History Group: Liberalism: the Ideas that built the Liberal Democrats

Hot on the heels of British Liberal Leaders, the Liberal Democrat History Group has produced a booklet looking at the ideas underlying the Liberal Democrats. This accessible guide includes entries on economic concepts, environmentalism, internationalism and community politics, together with contemporary and historic currents of thought, including social and economic liberalism, social democracy, Keynsianism, radicalism and more.

Essential reading for every thinking Liberal.

Liberalism: The Ideas that built the Liberal Democrats costs £6 (20% discount for Journal of Liberal History subscribers) and can be purchased from the History Group shop.

New book from the History Group: British Liberal Leaders

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.

The 1955 general election

26th May this year sees the 50th anniversary on the 1955 general election – the first recorded election results programme by the BBC. Luckily it is still in the archives and on the 26th, BBC Parliament will be broadcasting the programme which was presented by Richard Dimbleby with expert summary by David Butler. Butler at 90 is still very much with us.

Elections past – 2005

A look at another general election as featured in our back issues. In the Journal from the Autumn of 2005, Prefessor John Curtice looked at the Liberal Democrat performance in the election of that year.

Elections past – 1910

Continuing our look at previous general elections we look at the elections of 1910. In Journal 68 Dr Mark Pack looked back at the 1910 campaigns from the perspective of techniques used in 2010.

Elections past – 1997

With the election now well underway we take a look at some previous elections as featured in previous editions of the Journal. We kick off with the 1997 election featured in an article from September 1997.

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