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 – the latest of which is British Liberal Leaders – and shorter booklets – the latest of which is Liberal History: A concise history of the Liberal Party, SDP and Liberal Democrats – 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

Election 2017 – a missed opportunity?

Analysis of the 2017 general election campaign and its outcome, and the implications for the Liberal Democrats. Speakers: Professor Phil Cowley (co-author of The British…

Latest Journal Issue

Cover of Journal of Liberal History 96

Journal of Liberal History 96

In this issue: Old heroes for a new Leader (Vince Cable); Liberal Democrat leadership; The 2017 election: a missed opportunity? (John Curtice); The Nonconformist mind of Lloyd George (Chris…

On this day

Birth of Charles Kennedy, leader of the Liberal Democrats 1999 - 2006
Born in Inverness, Charles Kennedy’s entry into politics was very sudden. While studying in the USA he gained the SDP nomination for Ross, Cromarty and...