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Time periods: 2010-
The 2010 election left the Liberal Democrats holding the balance of power. They agreed a coalition government with the Conservative Party, and for the first time in 65 years Liberal ministers sat on the government benches of the House of Commons.

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Events (4)
Archives: individuals (1)
Research (1)

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Journal of Liberal History 83 - Special issue: The first 25 years of the Liberal Democrats

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Summer, 2014

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Journal articles
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The Liberal Democrats: the first 25 years

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 83 - Special issue: The first 25 years of the Liberal Democrats ')


Introduction to this special issue of the Journal.

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The black widow effect

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 76 ')


Why Britain's Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition might have an unhappy ending.

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Can the Grand Old Duke of York march back up again?

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 83 - Special issue: The first 25 years of the Liberal Democrats ')


The importance of local government to the Liberal Democrats.

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The Liberal Democrats and the functions of policy

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 83 - Special issue: The first 25 years of the Liberal Democrats ')


Exploration of the different roles played by policy and policy-making within the party.

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Liberal Democrat leadership

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 83 - Special issue: The first 25 years of the Liberal Democrats ')


A description of the key characteristics of Liberal Democrat leaders and analysis of the record of the four leaders to date.

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'The best for England'?

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 76 ')


Liberals, coalitions and the right to dissent: the 'agreement to differ' revisited.

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The Progressive Coalition that never was - lessons from the Ashdown-Blair 'project'

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 83 - Special issue: The first 25 years of the Liberal Democrats ')


Report of evening meeting (joint with the Labour History Group), 22 January 2013, with Paddy Ashdown, Roger Liddle and Pat McFadden MP; chair: Steve Richards.

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Crisis, coalition and cuts

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 72 - Special issue: The Liberal experience of coalition government ')


An analysis of the parallels between the formation of the coalition governments in 1931 and 2010.

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Who votes for the Liberal Democrats?

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 83 - Special issue: The first 25 years of the Liberal Democrats ')


Examination of the sources of electoral support.

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Report: Class of '81: who are the true heirs to the SDP?

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 71 ')


Report of Centre Forum meeting of March 2011, with Andrew Adonis, Chris Huhne MP and Greg Clark MP.

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Report: The Great Reform Act of 1832 - its legacy and influence on the Coalition's reform agenda

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 70 ')


Report of meeting of January 2011, with Philip Salmon and Mark Pack.

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Be careful what you wish for

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 72 - Special issue: The Liberal experience of coalition government ')


The lessons of the Lib-Lab Pact for the Lib-Con coalition.

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Comprehensive Liberal history

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 73 ')


Review of Robert Ingham and Duncan Brack (eds.), Peace, Reform and Liberation: A History of Liberal Politics in Britain 16792011.

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'Remains to be seen'

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 78 ')


Review of Chris Bowers, Nick Clegg: The Biography (Biteback, 2011; paperback edition, 2012) and Jasper Gerard, The Clegg Coup (Gibson Square, 2011).

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The Orange Book revisited

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 79 ')


Review of 'Eight Years Since The Orange Book: Have the Liberal Democrats "reclaimed" Liberalism?' (Economic Affairs 32:2, June 2012).

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Survival and success: twenty-five years of the Liberal Democrats

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 81 ')


Report of a Liberal Democrat Conference fringe meeting, September 2013, with Paddy Ashdown, Duncan Brack, John Curtice, Mark Pack and Julie Smith.

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Women and the Liberal Democrats

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 84 ')


Review of Dr Elizabeth Evans, Gender and the Liberal Democrats - Representing Women? (Manchester University Press, 2011)

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A coalition is born

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 70 ')


Review of Laws, 22 Days in May, and Wilson, 5 Days to Power.

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The history of the triple lock

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 72 - Special issue: The Liberal experience of coalition government ')


Where the 'triple lock' came from, how it worked and its future.

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2010 analysed

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 79 ')


Review of Robert Worcester and Roger Mortimore, Explaining Cameron's Coalition (Biteback Publishing, 2011).

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Policy and ideology

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 73 ')


Review of Tudor Jones, The Revival of British Liberalism - From Grimond to Clegg.

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Liberal Sutton

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 79 ')


Review of A Flagship Borough: 25 years of a Liberal Democrat Sutton Council (Sutton Liberal Democrats, 2012).

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Evolving the constitution

(from journal ' Journal of Liberal History 72 - Special issue: The Liberal experience of coalition government ')


Review of Vernon Bogdanor, The Coalition and the Constitution.

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Events
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Great Liberal thinkers: lessons for the future

Sunday 5 October 2014

To mark the launch of our publication, 'Liberal Thinkers', Baroness Liz Barker and MPs Alan Beith, David Laws and John Pugh draw lessons from past Liberal thinkers for the future direction...

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Survival and success: the first 25 years of the Liberal Democrats

Sunday 15 September 2013

This year, 2013, marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Liberal Democrats. From near-annihilation to entry into government, the years since 1988 have been a roller-coaster ride for the party.

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Peace, Reform and Liberation: launch of new Liberal history book

Monday 19 September 2011

Peace, Reform and Liberation is a comprehensive history of Liberal politics in Britain.
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The Great Reform Act of 1832: its legacy and influence on the Coalitions reform agenda

Monday 24 January 2011

Soon after becoming Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg promised "the most significant programmes of reform by a British government since the 19th century.... the biggest shake-up of our democracy...

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Archives: individuals
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Adrian Slade's interviews with leading party figures

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archive url: http://www.markpack.org.uk/29338/adrian-slade-interviews/
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Research
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Policy position and Leadership Strategy within the Liberal Democrats: from Ashdown to Clegg

This thesis will be a study of the political positioning and leadership strategy of the Liberal Democrats. Consideration of the role of equidistance; development of policy from the point of merger; the influence and leadership strategies of each leader from Ashdown to Clegg; and electoral strategy from 1988-2015 will form the basis of the work. Any material relating to leadership election campaigns, election campaigns, internal party groups (for example the Social Liberal Forum) or policy documents from 1987 and merger talks onwards would be greatly welcomed. Personal insights and recollections also sought.

Samuel Barratt

Contact: pt10seb@leeds.ac.uk

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