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

The legacy of Roy Jenkins

Roy Jenkins is best remembered in Liberal Democrat circles as one of the ‘Gang of Four’ who established the Social Democratic Party, the SDP’s first…

Latest Journal Issue

Cover of Journal of Liberal History 90

Journal of Liberal History 90

In this issue: Liberal history news; What Liberal politics gained and lost with Liberal clubs; The life and political career of Robert Threshie Reid, Lord…

On this day

Death of Walter Russell Rea, 1st Baron Rea, Liberal MP for Scarborough 1906-18, Bradford North 1923-24 and Dewsbury 1931-35
He served as a junior whip under Herbert Asquith from 1915-16 and was again a government whip in 1931-32. He was Liberal Chief Whip in...