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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

  • Article: May 31, 2022
    # HELP UKRAINE
    National Liberal Club - Monday, 20th June 2022
    Gala Screening
    of the film
    "Mr. Jones"
    to raise funds to Help Ukraine
    National Liberal Club - 6.30pm, 20th June 2022
    When
    Monday, June 20, 2022 from 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM BST
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    Where
    National Liberal Club
    1 Whitehall Place,
    London SW1 2HE
    United Kingdom
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    #HELP UKRAINE
    "Mr. Jones"
    - The Film
    We are delighted to host this film screening of the 2019 film Mr. Jones to help raise funds for Ukraine relief and to raise awareness of Holodomor, an important part of European history that is unknown to many.
    The film tells the story of Gareth Jones a journalist from Wales who travels to the Soviet Union in 1933 and uncovers the truth about the Holodomor, the devastating famine in Ukraine in which millions died. He was vilified internationally and accused of lying. Calling him their 'Unsung Hero', in 2008, Jones was awarded the Ukrainian Order of Merit, one of their highest Honours, at a ceremony in Westminster Central Hall.
    This film was made about Mr Jones, based on the screenwriting of Andrea Chalupa, directed by Agnieszka Holland and starring James Norton, Vanessa Kirby and Peter Sarsgaard.
    You can register for free but we ask all attendees who are able to do so to make a donation to #HelpUkraine of the Ukrainian Association of Great Britain, or (with Gift Aid) the Charities, British-Ukrainian Aid and Ukraine Charity to provide medicines, food and critical services to support the most vulnerable to overcome the consequences and trauma of war.
    You will be able to donate via the registration form but there will also be an opportunity to donate at the event.
    It is anticipated that James Norton, the actor who played Gareth Jones, will make an introduction and the director Agnieszka Holland, will join an online panel discussion following the film.
    The timing of this event is incredibly timely & relevant. The story of Gareth Jones shares a strong synergy with what is happening in Ukraine today.
    This event is open to all and has been organised between Rights-Liberties-Justice (LibDemLawyers), the Lloyd George Society, the film distributor, Signature Entertainment, and Gareth Jones' great nephew, Graham Colley.
    We hope you will join us to learn more about this important part of Ukraine's history and to show your support & solidarity with Ukraine's people today.
    Best wishes
    Graham Colley
    Rights-Liberties-Justice/ Lloyd George Society
    grahamdcolley@btinternet.com
    07785-311342
    All registrants are subject to approval.
    #HelpUkraine - Fund Raising Showing of "Mr Jones" at NLC
  • Elizabeth
    Article: Mar 8, 2022

    The AGM of the Lloyd George Society held on 26 February 2022 agreed to the election of Lady Elizabeth Gibson-Morgan as a new Vice President of the Society. Elizabeth has become a frequent and much appreciated speaker at the Society's weekend schools over the past few years sharing her wide and detailed academic knowledge on subjects such as French politics, Brexit, the British constitution and aspects of devolution.

  • a full room
    Article: Mar 5, 2022

    Despite doubts that we would be able to hold a weekend school this year with continuing Covid 19 restrictions in place during the organisational phase last autumn and with people rightly still cautious about mixing in face to face groups again in the winter and as the year turned, we were determined to go ahead unless prevented by the regulations. After a slow start, bookings for the school picked up and, in the event, we were able to attract one of the best attendances of recent years ensuring that all the seats in the conference room were taken for most of the talks and a full room for dinner to hear our speaker, Dr Mark Pack, President of the Liberal Democrats.

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  • Hotel Commodore
    Article: Nov 14, 2021

    As promised, the Lloyd George Society weekend school is back. The 2022 school will be held at our usual venue, the Hotel Commodore in beautiful Llandrindod Wells on 26-27 February. The hotel has not asked for any increase in accommodation costs since our last school in 2020 but there is a small increase in the cost of dinner on Saturday night for anyone not staying at the hotel.

  • 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.