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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

  • Document: Nov 17, 2017
  • Document: Nov 17, 2017
  • Document: Nov 17, 2017
  • Document: Nov 17, 2017
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    The next Society weekend school will be held at the Hotel Commodore in Llandrindod Wells on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 February 2018, the weekend without rugby internationals. There will be the usual fascinating mixture of history, politics and debate plus a dash of Welsh culture. We will be looking back at the 2017 general election, finding out the latest on Brexit and the increasingly important place the politics of Northern Ireland is taking up. There will be also be a session on President Macron and his En Marche movement. An aspect of Welsh culture is explored with a presnetation about opera singer Adelina Patti of Craig-y-nos and we have history sessions about Sir Edward Grey and Professor Lord Kenneth Morgan on Lloyd George and the Coupon Election of 1918.

    Our after dinner speaker will be Wera Hobhouse, newly elected Liberal Democrat MP for Bath, who has also agreed to stay on and participate in our panel session on Sunday.

    The full programme is attached.

  • Balfour speakers
    Article: Nov 17, 2017

    On Monday 6 November the Society, supported by Liberal Democrats Friends of Israel, held a meeting in the David Lloyd George Room at the National Liberal Club to mark the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration.

    In a letter dated 2 November 1917, Arthur Balfour, the Foreign Secretary in the Coalition Government of David Lloyd George, announced British government support for a "national home" for the Jewish people, to be established in Palestine, then still part of the Ottoman Empire. The letter was sent to Lord Walter Rothschild, a leader of the British Jewish community to be forwarded to the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland. The text of the declaration was published in the press on 9 November 1917.

  • Balfour Dec
    Article: Oct 1, 2017

    In a letter dated 2 November 1917, Arthur Balfour, the Foreign Secretary in the Coalition Government of David Lloyd George, announced British government support for a "national home" for the Jewish people, to be established in Palestine, then still part of the Ottoman Empire. The letter was sent to Lord Walter Rothschild, a leader of the British Jewish community to be forwarded to the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland. The text of the declaration was published in the press on 9 November 1917

  • speaking
    Article: Sep 26, 2017

    A hand written letter sent from number 10 Downing Street by David Lloyd George to Frederick William Hughes, urging Welsh farmers to aid the war effort has recently been acquired by the National Library of Wales at an auction in Cardiff. It has been added to the substantial collection of Lloyd George papers already available to readers at the National Library in Aberystwyth.

  • Loyd George
    Article: Mar 24, 2017

    Visitors to the the website will remember from an earlier article that there was a sale of Lloyd George memorabilia, consisting of documents and photographs, taking place at Dreweatts Auctions in Bloomsbury on Thursday 23 March. The items going under the hammer were from the private collection of the family of Frances Stevenson, Countess Lloyd George of Dwyfor.

  • Frances Stevenson
    Article: Mar 10, 2017

    Society members will wish to be aware that a sale of Lloyd George memorabilia, consisting of documents and photographs, will be taking place at Dreweatts Auctions in Bloomsbury starting at 11.00am on Thursday 23 March. The items going under the hammer are from the private collection of the family of Frances Stevenson, Countess Lloyd George of Dwyfor.

  • Frances Stevenson
    Article: Mar 10, 2017

    Society members will wish to be aware that a sale of Lloyd George memorabilia, consisting of documents and photographs, will be taking place at Dreweatts Auctions in Bloomsbury starting at 11.00am on Thursday 23 March. The items going under the hammer are from the private collection of the family of Frances Stevenson, Countess Lloyd George of Dwyfor.