Jo Grimond MP; Baron Grimond of Firth
Leader of the Liberal Party 1956-67
Leader of the Liberal Party 1956-67 and 1976
Regarded by many contemporary Liberals as their spiritual leader and mentor, Jo Grimond was a figure of great magnetism and intellectual originality. He was once described as a politician on whom the gods smile, and inspired a rare degree of public affection. Within the Liberal Party, neither of his successors, Jeremy Thorpe nor David Steel enjoyed the […]
The National Sound Archive at the British Library holds various recordings of key Liberal figures.
The apogee of two-party politics in the UK was reached in the 1950s. At the 1955 election, the Conservative and Labour parties, and their allies, between them took 96.10 per cent of the vote and 98.73 per cent of the parliamentary seats in the UK.
Related Journal Articles
Review of Peter Barberis, Liberal Lion, Jo Grimond: A Political Life (I.B. Tauris, 2005).
Review of Michael McManus, Jo Grimond: Towards the Sound of Gunfire (Birlinn, 2001).
Review of Jo and Laura Grimond, A Selection of Memories and Photographs 1945-1994 (Orkney Liberal Democrats, 2000).
Report of the Liberal Democrat History Group meeting at the National Liberal Club, 10 June 2013, with Peter Sloman, Harry Cowie and Michael Meadowcroft; chair: Tony Greaves.
David Steel’s commemoration lecture, given at Firth Kirk, Finstown, Orkney, 18 May 2013.
‘The personification and the hope of postwar Liberalism.’ The record of Jo Grimond.
Review of Peter Joyce, Giving Politics a Good Name: A Tribute to Jo and Laura Grimond (Liberal Democrat Publications, 1995).
How did the Liberal Party come to adopt a strategy of community politics in 1970? This article traces the origins of the concept from the New, or Social, Liberalism of Thomas Hill Green, through Jo Grimond’s leadership of the Liberal Party, to the counter-culture of the 1960s.
Jo Grimond and the left.
Report of Liberal Democrat History Group meeting of September 2002, on Jo Grimond, with Michael McManus, William Wallace, Tony Greaves and Tom Dale.
Jo Grimond, leader of the Liberal Party from 1956 to 1967, holds a particularly affectionate place in the collective memory of the Liberal Democrats. His charisma, charm, good looks, political courage, intellect and inherent liberalism inspired many to join the Liberal Party in the late 1950s and 1960s and gained him a national reputation as […]
There were many at the Brighton Conference who were in no doubt that if it wasnt for a young, charismatic party leader they would have no party at all. In 1956 Jo Grimond took over the reigns of the Liberal Party and, as many will argue, he saved it from death. He was responsible for […]
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