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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.

Meeting

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

  • LG reading
    Article: Sep 9, 2014

    David Lloyd George has often been called "The Man Who Won the War" given his performance after becoming Prime Minister in December 1916. Now, in the anniversary year of the outbreak of The Great War, the BBC has called on some of its most well known presenters, Huw Edwards, Andrew Marr and Jeremy Paxman, to look at Lloyd George's wartime achievements and also to consider some of the other aspects of his career which, as they rightly put it, "transformed the nation".

  • Article: Aug 29, 2014

    The Society is pleased to let members and supporters have details of an important new book on Lloyd George by author Alan Mumford and published by Troubador. You can find links to information about the book elsewhere on our home page the main menu.

    This review of cartoons of the life of one of the major politicians of the twentieth century is unique in covering Lloyd George from the first cartoon in May 1894 to his death in March 1945.

    The context for the cartoons is provided through a summary of his life, the special features of Lloyd George as an 'outsider' and the social economic and political environment. The book proceeds through the major events in his life - the Boer War, the 1909 Budget and struggle with the House of Lords, the Marconi scandal. His role as 'the man who won the War', as a divisive figure in the Liberal Party and then the initiator of proposals to reduce unemployment is also shown. A further chapter focuses on attempts to portray him as a man playing many parts - snake charmer, music hall performer, revolutionary, Charlie Chaplin.

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    The Society is pleased to let members and supporters have details of an important new book on Lloyd George by author Alan Mumford and published by Troubador.

    This review of cartoons of the life of one of the major politicians of the twentieth century is unique in covering Lloyd George from the first cartoon in May 1894 to his death in March 1945.

    The context for the cartoons is provided through a summary of his life, the special features of Lloyd George as an 'outsider' and the social economic and political environment. The book proceeds through the major events in his life - the Boer War, the 1909 Budget and struggle with the House of Lords, the Marconi scandal. His role as 'the man who won the War', as a divisive figure in the Liberal Party and then the initiator of proposals to reduce unemployment is also shown. A further chapter focuses on attempts to portray him as a man playing many parts - snake charmer, music hall performer, revolutionary, Charlie Chaplin.

    This is Alan Mumford's third book of cartoon history. In 2003 Burke's Peerage presened a very different view of Lords and Ladies, through cartoons published over the last 250 years, frequently lending a critical view of events. Beginning with William Hogarth's eighteenth-century depiction of the last Lord to be hanged for treason, they cover amongst other things the activities of the House of Lords and its reform, and many major personalities involved in political life, from the Earl of Beaconsfield (Disraeli) to Asquith, Lloyd George, the Earl of Stockton (Macmillan), Lord Home and Baroness Thatcher. In 2008, he published Tory Blues, a cartoon history of the Conservative Party published by the Political Cartoon Society.

    David Lloyd George: A Biography in Cartoons is available from Troubador for only £20.

  • Tada
    Article: Jul 1, 2014

    The Society has heard further from the author Peter Rowland, concerning the publication by PublishNation of his new book about William George, the father of David Lloyd George about which we reported on the website at the end of last year.

    The book can be obtained from either Amazon or www.lulu.com for £10.99 plus postage. (Amazon also offer a Kindle edition for £6.05.

  • Article: Jun 12, 2014

    Society members and supporters are invited to a garden party for two Welsh Lib Dem MPs, Mark Williams and Roger Williams. The party will be held on June 24 at the home of Jane Ashley who works for both MPs in the House of Commons.

    If you would like to attend please email Jane for more details on monkstrod@btinternet.com

  • Gallery: May 26, 2014
    Gesture Aberystwyth University meeting Land and Nation meeting At Churt Dame Margaret at a prize giving Smithy Memoirs cartoon With Dame M and Megan With Reading in garden at Addison Rd
  • Welsh Liberals book
    Article: May 20, 2014

    The Society is pleased to announce that we will be holding a special event in the Lloyd George Room at the National Liberal Club starting at 7.30pm on the evening of Monday 21 July, to celebrate the publication of Professor Russell Deacon's book, The Welsh Liberals: The History of the Liberal and Liberal Democrat Parties in Wales. The meeting will hear Professor Deacon introduce his book; to be followed by a round of debate and discussion with some of the people who have helped create and sustain the party in Wales. In the first session, Martin Thomas (Lord Thomas of Gresford, President of the Lloyd George Society) and Roger Roberts (Lord Roberts of Llandudno) will talk about and answer questions on the Welsh Liberal Party. The second session will feature Baroness Jenny Randerson, Baroness Christine Humphreys and Mike German (The Lord German) who will take us into the era of the Liberal Democrats.

  • Headstone
    Article: Apr 8, 2014

    The Society has been sent a copy of the recently published second edition of the book by Leonard Urwin on an unusual aspect of the history of the George family which contains interesting references to some of the ancestors of David Lloyd George. The book is a survey of George family interments in North Pembrokeshire, the county of origin of Lloyd George's father William George. As Lloyd George himself once said: " I am a Pembrokeshire lad. I come from Pembrokeshire stock and am proud of it."

  • K O Morgan_new
    Article: Mar 21, 2014


    T he Society is delighted to announce, following a decision at the 2013 AGM to try and widen the political scope of the Society, that Labour peer Professor Lord Kenneth Morgan and Plaid Cyrmu's Lord Dafydd Wigley have agreed to become Vice Presidents. Lords Morgan and Wigley were our guest speakers last year at the Society dinner to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of David Lloyd George and we are honoured that they have both now joined us formally as Vice Presidents.