• General Election 2019: Disappointment for the Liberal Democrats. 8th July 2020

    General Election 2019: Disappointment for the Liberal Democrats. 8th July 2020 The Liberal Democrats entered the 2019 general election campaign buoyed by their best opinion poll ratings in a decade, a second place showing in the recent European Parliament elections, impressive local election results in England and high-profile defections from the other parties. The party […]

  • Liberals with a radical programme: The post-war welfare state, Beveridge and the Liberal Party 75 years on. 26th September 2020

    Liberals with a radical programme: The post-war welfare state, Beveridge and the Liberal Party 75 years on. 26th September 2020 Recording of the Liberal Democrat History Group meeting: Liberals with a radical programme: The post-war welfare state, Beveridge and the Liberal Party 75 years on. 26th September 2020 2020 marked the seventy-fifth anniversary of the […]

  • Asquith vs Lloyd George. 1st February 2021.

    Asquith vs Lloyd George. 1st February 2021. On 7 December 1916, H.H. Asquith was replaced as Prime Minister by David Lloyd George. The change followed mounting disquiet over the conduct of the First World War, and Lloyd George’s demands that a small committee, not including Asquith, should direct the war effort. Lloyd George forced the […]

  • Back from the dead: the Liberal Party in the 1950s. 19th March 2021

    Back from the dead: the Liberal Party in the 1950s. 19th March 2021 In 1951, the Liberal Party’s existence was in grave doubt. At the October general election, the party contested a mere 109 seats, and only six MPs were returned. The party was badly divided over basic questions of strategy, and membership and morale […]

  • Liberalism in the United States. 6 July 2021

    Liberalism in the United States. 6 July 2021 What is political liberalism in the United States? The original concept was the protection of people from arbitrary power, support for the free market and advocacy of religious tolerance. But that started to change in the early twentieth century, when American liberals joined with progressives in advocating […]

  • The two Davids: Steel versus Owen. 17th September 2021

    The two Davids: Steel versus Owen. 17th September 2021 In 1981 the alliance between the Liberal Party and the newly founded SDP was agreed; the two parties would fight elections together on a joint platform with join candidates. Between 1983 and 1987, however, the working relationship between the Liberal leader, David Steel, and his SDP […]