Liberal Democrat History Group

The Liberal Democrat History Group promotes the discussion and research of topics relating to the histories of the British Liberal Democrats and its predecessor parties, the Liberal Party and the SDP, and of liberalism more broadly. We publish the Journal of Liberal History and a range of books and booklets – the latest of which is British Liberal Leaders – organise regular speaker meetings, maintain a Liberal history website and provide assistance with research.

Not a member? You can join here. Membership includes a subscription to the Journal and discounts on all the Group’s publications.

Latest Event

Europe: The Liberal commitment

How and why did the Liberal Party, SDP and Liberal Democrats all end up as the strongest supporters of Britain’s membership of the European Economic…

Latest Journal Issue

Cover of Journal of Liberal History 89

Journal of Liberal History 89

In this issue: The first wave of Liberal women in local government leadership 1918-39; The 2015 election campaign; Community politics and the Liberal revival; British Liberal leaders. Available from the…

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Liberal candidate, Ludovic Kennedy gains secod place in the Rochdale by-election
The by-election was the first such contest to be televised, with debates between the candidates as well as vox pops and Kennedy, a TV journalist...