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Discussion of the results of the election that brought the Liberals to power
An examination of the political background to Emmanuel Macron’s election as French President
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Overview: Robert Hazell. Commentaries: Matthew Hanney, Michael Steed
Analyses of the election result, and a look at what happened to the party’s campaigning machine.
An analysis of the impact of the war on the Liberal Party
Four views on Thorpe’s record and character
Review of Michael McManus, Jo Grimond: Towards the Sound of Gunfire (Birlinn, 2001).
Review of Stephen Howe, Ireland and Empire: Colonial Legacies in Irish History and Culture (Oxford University Press, 2000).
Contribution to the continuing debate over the 1945 election: response to earlier Newsletter articles.
A response to the report on the Liberal Democrat History Group meeting about ‘Orpington Man’.
A one-day conference organised by the Journal of Liberal History and Kings College, London.
For the Liberal Party, the three general elections of 1922,1923 and 1924 represented a terrible journey from postwar disunity to reunion, and near return to government to dramatic and prolonged decline. Arguably, this was the key period which relegated the Liberals to the third-party status from which they have still never escaped. The Liberal Democrat […]
Unity in Europe was a central theme for the Liberal Party since Gladstones day, and was an important factor behind the SDP’s breakaway from the Labour Party. Yet continental liberal parties have not always proved so enthusiastic. Our three speakers examined the historical record.
From March 1977 to October 1978, the Liberal Party kept Jim Callaghan’s Labour government in power through the Lib-Lab Pact. Labour ministers consulted systematically with Liberal spokespeople across a wide range of policy areas. Arguably, the Pact restored a degree of political and economic stability to the country, but its achievements from a Liberal point […]
The West Country has a special place in the Liberal tradition. Home to Isaac Foot and his sons, Thorpe, Penhaligon, Pardoe … For much of the post-war period, the Liberal Party‘s parliamentary representation rested largely on the South West English MPs, along with their colleagues in the rest of the “Celtic fringe”. Michael Steed (University […]
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