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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

  • 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.

  • Alec Dauncey
    Article: Feb 28, 2014

    Members gathered for the Society's 2014 weekend school were treated to an excellent selection of talks and presentations on the Saturday as well as a terrific debate on Britain's membership of the European Union and a lively panel session on Sunday. Society president Lord Thomas of Gresford wondered aloud after the event if the programme was not the best ever delivered to a weekend school.

  • Merry Christmas 2013
    Article: Dec 24, 2013

    The President, Vice-Presidents and officers of the Lloyd George Society would like to wish all our members, supporters and visitors to our website a very merry Christmas and happy, healthy and successful 2014.

    We look forward to seeing all our old friends at the weekend school in February and hopefully plenty of new ones too.

  • Document: Dec 20, 2013
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    Booking form for the 2014 weekend school, 15-16 February 2014 at the Hotel Commodore, Llandrindod Wells.

  • Sir David Williams
    Article: Dec 20, 2013

    The next Society weekend school will be held at the Hotel Commodore, Llandrindod Wells, on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February 2014. The attractive programme contains a good mix of camaraderie, history, politics and debate with themes about Europe and the also the First World War as 2014 is Euro election year as well as the 100th anniversry of the outbreak of World War One. Our after dinner speaker on Saturday evening is Sir David Williams, former leader of Richmond Borough Council and someone who regards Lloyd George as one of his heroes.

  • William George
    Article: Dec 4, 2013

    The Society has received some more information about the new biography of the father of David Lloyd George, due to be published next year to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the death of school teacher William George. As the author, Peter Rowland, points out - in the words of the song Lloyd George knew everyone's father, except of course his own, as William George died when the future Welsh Wizard was just 16 months old.

  • Peter Rowland
    Article: Nov 10, 2013

    A new biography of William George (1821-1864), the father of David Lloyd George, is provisionally scheduled to be published by the autumn of 2014. The book will tell the life story of William George, the extraordinary schoolteacher who died when his son David was just a few months old. It is written by Peter Rowland, the author of the impressive one volume biography of David Lloyd George which came out in 1975 and which A J P Taylor described as "...a substantial work of political biography". Peter Rowland's other political history publications have included two volumes charting the Last Liberal Governments between 1905-1914.

  • Lloyd George
    Article: Nov 10, 2013

    The exhibition charting the life of David Lloyd George at the National Library has recently received some more publicity from BBC Wales. The Society is pleased to share this link to some wonderful photos and more information about the exhibition which has appeared on the BBC Wales website.


  • National Library of Wales
    Article: Oct 30, 2013

    The National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth is currently putting on an exhibition, to run until May 2014, presenting the story of the only Welshman to be British prime minister - David Lloyd George.

    Borrowing from the title of the successful stage play about Lloyd George by D J Britton, the exhibition is being publicised as The Wizard, the Goat and the Man Who won The War.