Richard S. Grayson
former director of the Centre for Reform think-tank and former Director of Policy for the Liberal Democrats
Archibald Sinclair was the Liberal leader from 1935 to 1945. He was a leading figure in British politics in that period, first as an outspoken critic of appeasement, and then as a minister during the war. For Liberals, his importance lay in his belief in the possibility of a Liberal revival, which was crucial in […]
Sir Edward Grey, third Baronet and first Viscount Grey of Falloden, was the longest serving Foreign Secretary of the twentieth century, guiding Britain’s foreign policy in 1905-16. In the 1920s, he was a prominent voice on foreign affairs, and a strong supporter of Asquithian Liberalism. Grey’s importance to British politics as Foreign Secretary lay in […]
Ramsay Muir was a leading figure in the Liberal Summer School movement and the National Liberal Federation in the 1920s and 1930s. He was briefly a Liberal MP, but, more importantly, he was one of the most prominent Liberal thinkers in inter-war Britain, and had a marked influence on party policy. After his death, Muir […]
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Review of Richard S. Grayson, Liberals, International Relations and Appeasement (Frank Cass, 2001).
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Report of LDHG meeting of April 1999, with John Grigg and Richard Grayson.
What issues concerned Liberal activists in the 1930s? This article examines the records of one young Liberal group.
Liberalism’s final test stemming from the Great War was its attitude towards peace. Richard S. Grayson finds the party’s record wanting.
Introduction to this special issue of the Journal.
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To coincide with the publication of the special issue of the Journal of Liberal History on Liberalism and the Left (summer 2010), we are delighted to welcome Prof Edward Royle and Dr Edward Vallance to the History Group for an evening focusing on the life, works and influence of Thomas Paine. In the two centuries […]
Fifty years ago, in July 1956, the Egyptian President, Colonel Nasser, nationalised the Suez Canal, to the anger and frustration of the British and French governments, who were the majority shareholders. Prime Minister Eden reached a secret agreement with France and Israel to provoke hostilities through an invasion of Sinai by Israeli forces, using this […]
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