Russell Johnston, 1932-2008

Scottish Liberal politics was dominated for over thirty years (1965-95 and beyond) by two figures: David Steel and Russell Johnston. Of the former, much has been written; of the latter, surprisingly little. I am therefore researching with a view to writing a biography of Russell. If any readers can help – with records, other written […]

Liberal song and the Glee Club

Aiming to set out the history of Liberal song from its origins to the days of the Liberal Revue and Liberator Songbook.  Looking to complete a song archive, the history of the early, informal conference Glee Clubs in the 1960s and 1970s, and all things related.

Election candidates: introduction

Please note: this index has been temporarily removed from the History Group’s website for editing. It will be reinstated as soon as possible – we hope in early 2019.   This is the first comprehensive biographical index to appear of the individuals who have contested a UK parliamentary election under the designation Liberal, Liberal Democrat […]

Liberal History: An introductory reading list

A brief guide to some of the best histories of the Liberal Democrats and its predecessors.

Liberal Leaders of the Nineteenth Century

The forty-page booklet contains concise biographies of every Liberal leader from the Great Reform Act to the end of the nineteenth century – the heyday of the Liberal Party. The total of eleven biographies stretches from Lord Grey to Sir William Harcourt, including such towering figures as Viscount Melbourne, Lord John Russell, Lord Palmerston and […]