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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

  • Ivatt book cover
    Article: Sep 4, 2019

    Do people really care where their politicians get their money? Certainly at times of extraordinary scrutiny like the MPs' expenses scandal of 2009, the anger and revulsion for the ways in which MPs claimed public money tarred the reputation of politicians of all parties and led to the ending of some careers. It is also the case that political opponents, their allies in the press and their followers on social media are always trying to stir up interest in the individual financial affairs of prominent politicians. That internet meme of Donald Trump and Nigel Farage together in a gold lift is a pertinent example. By and large however politicians don't tend to lose their careers over financial indiscretions. They may, like David Laws, have to resign for a while but often get brought back into the inner circle; or quietly stand down like Speaker Martin before resuming political life in the House of Lords.

  • Hall of Mirrors
    Article: Jul 10, 2019

    versailles

    Two new articles covering aspects of the Treaty of Versailles, the role of David Lloyd George and the impact of the peace on the Welsh economy have been published by BBC Wales on their website. One is in English and concerns the impact of the Treaty on the Welsh coal economy. The other is in Welsh and has a wider perspective though it does also consider implications for Wales. Both articles have been informed by the contributions of Dr Gethin Matthews of Swansea University.

  • Geoff Tordoff
    Article: Jul 2, 2019

    Members and supporters of the Society will be greatly saddened to hear of the death of Lord Tordoff who had been a Vice President of the Lloyd George Society for many years, and who, until his health worsened, was a regular attender at Society weekend schools,

    A substantial obituary of Lord Tordoff, who was one of the Liberal Party's (and more recently Lib Dems) most influential insiders has been written by former party leader David Steel for the House Magazine, Parliament's in-house publication. It can be found at the folliwng link: https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/houses/lords/house/house-magazine/104987/tribute-lord-tordoff?fbclid=IwAR0uoBw6zpB5AOUwmAMS1kWyROyCJz2gKu3kA60OQkLS5VxVnpmJuCu0tfY

  • peace conference
    Article: Jun 12, 2019

    The Lloyd George Society will be holding a meeting on the evening of Monday 25 November 2019 in the Lady Violet Room at the National Liberal Club to mark the 100th anniversary of the Treaty of Versailles and to look back at the role played by David Lloyd George at the Paris Peace Conference and the consequences of the treaties.

  • Vernon Hartshorn MP
    Article: Mar 4, 2019

    The South Wales Miners' Museum officially opened in 1976 and was the first mining Museum in Wales. The Museum is located within the beautiful Afan Valley six miles from the town of Port Talbot and is one of the many attractions to be found within the Afan Forest Park.

    The Museum is a registered charity run and managed by volunteers dedicated to promoting Industrial Heritage in the Afan Valley. All admission charges and donations go towards the running and maintenance of the Museum.

  • St David's
    Article: Mar 1, 2019

    The Lloyd George Society would like to wish all members, supporters and visitors to our website a very happy St David's Day. You don't have to be Welsh to celebrate.

  • William George
    Article: Feb 22, 2019

    In February 1965 the Guardian reporter (later editor) Peter Preston published an interview with the older brother of David Lloyd George, William George as he approached his 100th birthday. George shared memories of his brother and mused on Welsh nationalism and political life.

    The Guardian has recently republished this interveiw and it makes for fascinating reading. You can enjoy the article at: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/feb/20/lloyd-george-brother-william-george-1965

  • Joyce asking a question
    Article: Jan 11, 2019

    Society members and supporters will be terribly saddened by the news that one of our most stalwart members and an officer of the Society for many years, Joyce Arram, passed away last year. Joyce will be remembered with fondness. She brought humour and insight and a wealth of knowledge and experience over a lifetime as a lawyer to our meetings, always keen to contribute to the debate and ask penetrating, intelligent questions.

  • Document: Dec 4, 2018
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  • Document: Dec 4, 2018