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 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…

On this day

Polling day in the 1979 General Election
The election was caused by the defeat of James Callaghan’s government in a confidence vote. The Liberal Party fielded 579 candidates, a decline from the...