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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

  • 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.

  • Flowers
    Article: Oct 17, 2020

    Members and supporters of the Society will be saddened to hear of the death of our member Peter Borrow from Cardiff. Peter often attended weekend schools in the company of his friend Bob Tilley. Unfortunately Peter had been ill for nearly two years and was unable to attend the last school in February 2020. His wife Hilary has written to let the Society know that Peter died on Saturday 3 October. He was at home with Hilary and not in pain. He died suddenly without being aware what was happening. Hilary has asked those who knew Peter not to be sad. He felt he had had a good inningsand wanted to be at home and in no pain, so got his wish. However it is sad to think that we won't be seeing Peter at future Society events or hearing his searching questions to visiting speakers.

  • 1986 school poster
    Article: Sep 2, 2020

    Lloyd George Society member Gwynoro Jones, a founder member of the Social Democratic Party, and Alliance by-election candidate has sent the Society a memento of the weekend school held in May 1986 at the Abernant Lake Hotel in Llanwyrtd Wells - for many years the Society's mid-Wales venue for our annual meetings. This elegant poster of a caricature of Lloyd George by Spy from Vanity Fair magazine was used to advertise the weekend school.

  • speaking
    Article: Aug 24, 2020

    Theo Davies Lewis, the Welsh Communications Executive and political commentator, has produced an excellent podcast essay about David Lloyd George, possibly, the greatest Welsh political icon in history. You can listen to the article online at https://audioboom.com/posts/7660221-welsh-political-icons-david-lloyd-george

  • Document: May 12, 2020
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    Here are the slides to accompany the text of Christopher Clement-Davies' presentation about his grandfather.

  • Document: May 12, 2020
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    At last February's weekend school, Christopher Clement-Davies, the grandson of former Liberal Party leader Clement Davies, gave us a wonderful presentation about his grandfather. The talk was an in-depth evaluation of Davies' family life and of his career in the law, business and politics. It was also for Christopher a public opportunity to honour his grandfather's memory.

    Christopher has now kindly shared the text and slides of his presentation. Members and supporters of the Society can now revisit or enjoy for the first time Christopher's appreciation of this important figure in Welsh and British politics, someone who played a pivotal role in the downfall of Neville Chamberlain in 1940 and his replacement by Winston Churchill. Davies also put the survival of the Liberal Party before personal ambition by turning down Churchill's offer to him in 1951 of a seat in the Cabinet as Minister of Education as part of a coalition arrangement.

    We thank Christopher Clement-Davies for coming to the school and for the chance to share more widely his talk on his grandfather.

  • Young Ll.G
    Article: Apr 3, 2020
    To mark the 130th anniversary of the election to Parliament of David Lloyd George at the Caernarvon Boroughs by-election of 1890, the Lloyd George Society, together with the National Library of Wales, is planning an event at the National Library in Aberystwyth on the afternoon of Saturday 14 November 2020.
  • Commodore Hotel
    Article: Feb 6, 2020

    The final preparations are now in place for the Lloyd George Society's annual weekend school, which will take place on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February (the weekend without rugby union internationals) at our usual recent venue, the Hotel Commodore, Spa Road, Llandrindod Wells.

    This year we are delighted to welcome back Britain's foremost scholar of Lloyd George, Professor Lord K O Morgan to talk about Lloyd George and Germany. In addition we again welcome Lady Elizabeth Gibson Morgan, senior research fellow at King's College, to tell us how Brexit has altered the British constitution.