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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

  • Lord Lexden
    Article: Sep 2, 2021

    Alistair Cooke, Baron Lexden, the historian of the Conservative party, has kindly agreed to address the Society on the subject of the Lloyd George peacetime coalition. The first post 1918 government contained leading Liberals including Winston Churchill, HAL Fisher and Christopher Addison. But how Liberal was the government going to be faced with a Coalition partner which had won 379 seats as opposed to Lloyd George's 127 and a Cabinet where most top jobs were held by Tories?

  • Document: Mar 10, 2021
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    Thomas Jones was a distinguished civil servant, author and academic. He was deputy secretary to the Cabinet under Lloyd George and wrote a biography of Ll.G published in 1951, as well as writing about him for the Dictionary of National Biography. Among his other writings was a volume published in 1946, The Native Never Returns, being a series of lectures he delivered over the previous few years. Included in it is a transcription of his tribute to Ll.G given on the radio on the day of his death. The peice has been forwarded to the Society by Michael Meadowcroft who tells us it has some sharp insights!

    The text of the the obituary is attached.

  • Elfyn Llywd
    Article: Feb 14, 2021

    At 6:30 pm next Wednesday, 17th February.2021, Welsh barrister and former Plaid Cymru MP for Meirionnydd Nant Conwy, Elfyn Llywd, will be leading an online discussion organised by lawyers' group Rights, Liberties and Justice and speaking on the topic, "Wales - a separate legal jurisdiction". RLJ expend the invitation to join their meeting to members and supporters of the Lloyd George Society and very much hope that you will be able to join them for all or part of the presentation and discussion.

  • Russell and the statue
    Article: Feb 10, 2021

    On 8th February 2021, Russell Deacon had the following article published on the news website Nation Cymru and we thought it should be shared with Society members.

    I recently did an interview for Bloomberg Radio and one of the central questions they were interested in was "If Scotland voted independent would Wales follow?" The reoccurring question is the second reason why news media is now interested in Welsh politics. The first being 'whether Wales is better or worse at dealing with the Covid-19 crisis than elsewhere?'

  • Clement Davies
    Article: Jan 29, 2021
    One hundred and forty years ago Montgomeryshire people were up in arms against high rents, discrimination and unfair taxes. It led to the rise of the Liberal Party and over a century of Liberal and Liberal Democrat MP's.
    Welshpool Town Councillor and former Montgomeryshire Party Chair, Richard Church, talks about the personalities that have represented Montgomeryshire for over 100 years and the impact they made, both nationally and locally.
  • Megan Hughes
    Article: Jan 20, 2021

    We recently learned with great sadness of the death of our long-standing member Megan Rees from Newport. Thanks to her family, I am now able to reproduce the obituary which was written on the order of service at Megan's funeral, which took place at St Woolas Cemetery on 13 January.

    Megan Joan Rees (Webb) Life-long Liberal Democrat campaigner and Lloyd George Society stalwart Megan Joan Rees died peacefully, aged 96 at The Royal Gwent hospital in Newport on 13th December 2020. An active supporter at both local and national level, she was a familiar sight at annual party conferences and, through her role as official steward, formed long-standing friendships with party luminaries such as former Welsh LibDem leader Lord Carlile, Paddy Ashdown, Charles Kennedy, Simon Hughes and Lembit Opik. Although first and foremost a businesswoman, she never lost her enthusiasm for politics and in 2008, aged 83, fought for a seat on Newport City Council as LibDem candidate for Allt-yr-yn. A life-member of the Lloyd George Society, she played a major role at local and national level and was a regular at events.

  • Bill Powell AM and Roger Williams MP
    Article: Dec 15, 2020

    Lloyd George Society commitee member Cllr Bill Powell has been selected as Liberal Democrat candidate for the Brecon and Radnorshire constituency at next year's Senedd elections. The current AM, Kirsty Williams is stepping down after serving since 1999 and after her sucessful spell as Minister for Education in the Welsh Government.

  • John Roberts
    Article: Nov 23, 2020

    John Roberts with Judith Trefor Thomas had the idea, and with the great support of Emlyn Hooson, founded the Welsh Liberal Summer School meeting first in Llangollen. It developed ultimately into the Lloyd George Society of which he was an executive member for many years. His purpose was to have a meeting place where we could discuss Liberal policies and exchange ideas, with a Welsh flavour.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2020

    We are sad to report that John Roberts, a founding member of the Welsh Liberal Weekend Schools, the predecessor organisation to the Lloyd George Society has died. John had apparently been very poorly since suffering a heart attack and stroke after surgery in March. His funeral will take place on Monday 23 November in Richmond on Thames.

  • Document: Nov 3, 2020
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    The Welsh Political Archive at the National Library of Wales has made some interesting new acquisitions recently across the range of Welsh political history but there are some especially fascinating new papers in the collection concerning both Liberal politics and Lloyd George.

    The Library was kindly donated 9 boxes of papers relating to the life and career of Sir Guildhaume Myrddin-Evans by his family. Myrddin-Evans was a senior civil servant who served in Lloyd George's personal secretariat during the Great War, the Treasury between the wars and at the Ministry of Labour and advising the US Government during the Second World War before becoming UK Representative to the International Labour Organisation.

    In addition the Library was able to purchase a collection of papers related to David Lloyd George created by a private collector. The bulk of the collection is the archive of George Scovell, who served as General Secretary of the Coalition Liberal Organisation, which later became the National Liberal Party. The archive mostly relates to the period when Lloyd George was Prime Minister and contains correspondence on party issues, reports on campaigns and the state of party organisation in various parts of the UK as well as a number of daily briefings prepared for Lloyd George on the day's press. This is an important addition to the Lloyd George collections at NLW as it relates to a period and topic in Lloyd George's career which is not so well covered in other collections and has interesting references to other recently acquired papers including the Rev J T Rhys (Margaret Lloyd George) Papers.

    The Library recently purchased a hand written letter from William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898) to Clarence Paget dated 24 December 1868, on 10 Downing Street headed notepaper, noting that 'The Welsh have made a notable demonstration in many of their elections and one which ought to warn the clergy of what they are about'.

    There is much more of interest in the newsletter which is now uploaded to this website. It includes an article, written by the Secretary of the Lloyd George Society, about Lloyd George's early political career as he was ambitiously campaigning to become a Liberal parliamentary candidate and the the background to his election in 1890 as the MP for Caernarfon Boroughs.