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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

  • 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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  • Ken Morgan
    Article: Dec 4, 2018

    A lively weekend of presentations and debate, in comfortable surroundings, friendly company, good food and all in the glory of the mid-Wales landscape.

    Our programme for the Lloyd George Society weekend school has been announced. The school will take place at our usual welcoming venue, the Hotel Commodore in Llandrindod Wells on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 February 2019.

  • Russell and the statue
    Article: Nov 23, 2018

    Three Prime Ministers held their parliamentary constituencies in Wales, David Lloyd George, Ramsay MacDonald and James Callaghan. MacDonald and Callaghan today are rarely mentioned but Lloyd George's name remains almost constantly on politicians' lips in the UK and across the world. This was not just because he was 'the man who won the war'. Lloyd George was much more than a war leader, he was a social reformer, creator of nations, leader of all political parties and at times a leader with no political party.

  • LG addressing a crowd
    Article: Nov 8, 2018

    It is November 1918 and the reputation of David Lloyd George could not have been higher. His Conservative opposite number, Andrew Bonar Law, at one time said that he could be prime minister for life if he wanted to. Yet as we commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the ending of the First World War, Lloyd George's pivotal role is not receiving the recognition which people at the time certainly acknowledged it deserved.

  • Twyford
    Article: Sep 28, 2018

    One of Lloyd George's former homes, at Twyford in Berkshire, has gone up for sale at a cost of £2 million. This is a house where LG is said to have lived whilst serving as prime minister before nearby Chequers was owned by the government. When Chequers was purchased as a country retreat for the premier in 1921, Lloyd George moved there from Twyford.

  • LG addressing a crowd
    Article: Jun 20, 2018

    The text of four of David Lloyd George's speeches to Liberal Party conferences in the 1920s and 30s can now be accessed online through the website British Political Speech, The website contains speeches by leading British politicians going back to the late 19th century and as well as the four speeches made by Lloyd George as leader of the Liberal Party, it features speeches made by other Liberal prime ministers, H H Asquith, Henry Campbell-Bannerman and Lord Rosebery and by more recent Liberal Party leaders. Many other current and historical political speeches can also be accessed.