Michael Meadowcroft MP
Politician and political affairs consultant
Michael Meadowcroft was Liberal MP for Leeds West from 1983 to 1987, confounding sceptics to win a solidly inner-city seat by using the community politics approach which he had helped to develop over the preceding fifteen years. He was the main, indeed very nearly the only, philosopher of applied Liberalism within the old Liberal Party […]
It is difficult to realise that it is now sixteen years since the trauma and angst of the merger negotiations. As far as factual accuracy is concerned the book by Tony Greaves and Rachael Pitchford is an excellent record of the proceedings. There were only a few points of difference that I took up with them at the time.
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Review of Patrick Bell, The Labour Party in Opposition 1970–1974 (Routledge, 2016)
Review of Jonathan Kirkup, The Lib–Lab Pact – A Parliamentary Agreement, 1977–78 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)
A commemoration of the victor of the 1962 Orpington by-election
Targeting and its effect on Liberal Democrat performance in the 2015 general election; Can Liberals learn from history?
Review of Michael Meadowcroft, A Guide to the Works of Art of the National Liberal Club, London (National Liberal Club, 2012).
How successful was the Alliance? Was merger the right road to follow? The case against.
Review of John Shepherd and Keith Laybourn, Britain's First Labour Government (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006).
Review of Matt Cole, Richard Wainwright, the Liberals and Liberal Democrats (Manchester University Press, 2011).
Review of Tudor Jones, The Revival of British Liberalism - From Grimond to Clegg (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).
Liberal Heritage: Michael Meadowcroft discovers Leeds’ Liberal history.
Review of Alan Beith, A View from the North (Northumbria University Press, 2008).
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 […]
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‘If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.’ Locke, Bentham, Mill, Hobhouse, Keynes, Rawls … Liberalism has been built on more than three centuries work of political thinkers and writers, and the aspirations of countless human beings who have fought for freedom, democracy, the rule of law and open […]
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