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Cymdeithas Lloyd George, the Lloyd George Society is a loose combination of like minds that meets in Wales for a weekend school on topical subjects, historical issues (particularly those relating to David Lloyd George) or interesting questions affecting Welsh life and culture, all from a liberal perspective. The Society usually meets once a year in February, avoiding the dates of rugby football internationals.


The schools have been taking place for over 50 years. Originally designed for Welsh Liberal parliamentary candidates to debate policy and topical questions, to help them prepare for the election trail, the schools have developed away from this specific purpose and now provide an informal forum for participants to hear interesting talks, take part in discussions and meet friends, old and new.

The schools have always tried to attract speakers expert in their field to provide plenty of food for thought and a leavening of controversy but the schools are best enjoyed for their good fellowship with many members who have attended regularly for decades.

Despite the origins of the Society, we are not formally affiliated to the Liberal Democrats. We welcome supporters and speakers at the weekend school who belong to other political parties or anyone who has an interest in Wales, history or current affairs. Obviously however, our liberal history strongly informs the range of topics on the school's agenda.

Recent updates

  • Document: Nov 12, 2015
  • Document: Nov 12, 2015
  • Document: Nov 12, 2015
  • hotel
    Article: Nov 12, 2015

    The 2016 weekend school will take place at the Hotel Commodore, Llandrindod Wells, on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 February, the weekend without rugby internationals.

    We have another programme of brilliant speakers again this time. Perhaps our main attraction is Professor Lord Kenneth Morgan on Lloyd George in the 100th anniversary year of his becoming prime minister. There is the usual mixture of history, politics and debate with Michael Meadowcroft on the First Labour government, Baroness Kath Pinnock on the future of local government, Baroness Julie Smith on Europe and the Referendum, Dr Robert Falkner on the Environment and Dr Elizabeth Gibson-Morgan on aspects of the British Constitution. There will be a session on the future of British politics on Sunday morning followed by our usual panel of politicians, this year with Mark Williams MP. Our distinguished after-dinner speaker will be Baroness Kishwer Falkner.

  • Lord Judge
    Article: Nov 10, 2015

    The Lloyd George Society and the Welsh think tank Gorwel invite you to attend a talk followed by a dinner on the 3rd December 2015

    Reflections on the Magna Carta and Wales - Lord Igor Judge, the former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

    The talk will be held in Conference Rooms C & D, National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay, 6.30-8.00 followed by a dinner at the Juboraj, Cardiff Bay. Tickets for the dinner can be booked through www.gorwel.co

  • Mark Lewis Jones
    Article: Oct 20, 2015

    Russell George AM Invites you to a talk by Welsh actor Mark Lewis Jones at the National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay, Committee Room 21, 6.30 pm, 3rd November 2015 entitled

    "Playing Lloyd George"

    In commemoration of the start of the First World War in August 1914 the BBC commissioned a major drama serial called 37 Days. The drama tracks the progress towards the start of the war from the moment that the Archduke Franz Ferdinand is assassinated to Great Britain's declaration of war on the 4th August. One of the central figures in the drama both on TV and historically was David Lloyd George. The part of the future Welsh Prime Minister (later known as 'the man who won the war') was played by the Welsh actor Mark Lewis Jones. Mark will be addressing Gorwel in his talk on:

  • Mark Lewis Jones
    Article: Oct 6, 2015

    Actor Mark Lewis Jones played the role of David Lloyd George in the BBC television drama "37 Days" the mini-series telling the momentous story of the weeks leading up to the outbreak of the First World War. Now Mark is talking about how he became the Welsh Wizard for the TV show at a special event in Cardiff jointly organised by the Lloyd George Society and Welsh Assembly member Russell George, Conservative Assembly Member for Montgomeryshire.

  • LG and Churchill in 1910
    Article: Sep 25, 2015

    The Society is pleased to learn that Professor Richard Toye, author of the 2007 publication, Lloyd George and Churchill: Rivals for Greatness is to deliver a talk about these two titans of 20th century British politics in the Wallace Lecture Theatre, Cardiff University Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3BB at 10:30 on Saturday 3 October organised by the Friends of the National Museum, Wales.

  • Richard Livsey
    Article: Jun 16, 2015

    Thirty years ago, in July 1985, Richard Livsey, came from third to win a sensational by-election victory for the SDP/Liberal Alliance. In doing so, Richard re-established a liberal presence in Brecon & Radnor that few had thought possible. Despite ups and downs, it is a legacy that continues today. It remains the Welsh Liberals only post war by-election gain.

  • Political wings
    Article: Jun 12, 2015

    Dr Alun Wyburn-Powell who was a speaker at the Society's 2015 weekend school, is launching his new book "Political Wings" at a special event at City University London between 6.30 - 8.00pm on Tuesday 23 June. The event will take place in the Tait Building, Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB.

    Dr Wyburn-Powell entertained us at Llandrindod Wells last February with a talk on William Wedgwood Benn, the Liberal MP who defected to Labour in 1927 and changed Liberal history. He was later created the first Viscount Stansgate and was the father of Tony Benn. He was the first of three successive generations of his family to sit in Labour cabinets.