Birth of Clement Davies, Leader of the Liberal Party 1945-56

In a long political career, he represented Montgomery for 32 years from 1929-62, Clement Davies’ finest hour probably came in 1940 when as chair of a cross party group of MPs lobbying for a more effective conduct of the war he helped orchestrate the Norway debate which resulted in the resignation of Neville Chamberlain. Davies joined the National Liberals in 1931 but returned to the Liberal Party in 1942. After the 1945 election and the unexpected defeat of party leader Sir Archibald Sinclair, Davies was elected to succeed him and held the party together during one of the darkest periods in the party’s history. By the time Davies stood down in 1956 the party’s fortunes had begun to improve. He remained an MP until his death and in a reflection of its improved position, the Liberals easily held the ensuing by-election.