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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

  • Shirley Hooson
    Article: Jun 2, 2018

    Members of the Society will be saddened to learn of the death of Shirley Hooson on the 21st April 2018 at the age of 91. She had been a member of the Society for many years and, until suffering a debilitating stroke three years ago, had been a regular attender at the annual Weekend Schools in Llandrindod Wells.

  • Lloyd George aged 17 and 23
    Article: Mar 9, 2018

    J Hugh Edwards, was a supporter of David Lloyd George, a member of Cymru Fydd and later Liberal MP for Mid Glamorgan and Accrington. In 1913 he published a multi-volume biography of Lloyd George, wth a short history of the Welsh people. It contains many photographs of people and places which were important in Ll.G's life, including his vastly influential uncle Richard Lloyd, political contemporaries, and figures involved in major events from his life such the Llanfrothan burial case. It also has pictures of Lloyd George as a young man, (seen here aside) one of him when first elected to Parliament in 1890 and very rarely one of him as a small child in his third year with his sister.

  • Gallery: Mar 9, 2018
  • Rainbow Liberal Democrat Bird of Liberty imposed on a Scottish Saltire Flag
    Article: Mar 4, 2018

    Members of the Lloyd George Society will be sorry to learn of the death, on 28th July, of Dr. Alexander (Sandy) S. Waugh. Sandy Waugh was a noted historian of Liberalism in the UK, and spoke at the Society's Weekend School in 2012. Sandy joined the Liberal Party in 1950, and must have been one of the longest-serving members of the Party at the time of his death. He played a major part in the revival of Liberalism in Scotland, first in Glasgow and then in West Aberdeenshire. He was instrumental in the election of James Davidson as MP for West Aberdeenshire in 1966, in Nicol Stephen's 1991 Kincardine and Deeside by-election win, and in a number of other triumphs in Westminster and Holyrood elections.

  • Document: Mar 1, 2018
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    Society stalwart Jiim Russell passed away in January. He and his wife Stella used to be regular attenders at the weekend schools until ill-health meant Jim couldn't drive to mid-Wales from Oxfordshire. A few words of remembrance were spoken at the Society's AGM on 18 February and the tribute to Jim published in the South Wales Argus was read out.

    The obituary is reproduced in full here.

  • Gallery: Feb 28, 2018
  • RAF
    Article: Jan 24, 2018

    The Royal Air Force was founded towards the end of the First World War, in April 1918. Lloyd George was of course prime minister and he was a highly appreciative of the military worth of the existing air forces and strongly supported the formation on a separate, independent service. In a real sense the RAF is part of Lloyd Geoprge's legacy.

  • speaking
    Article: Nov 23, 2017

    You can find all sorts of unexpected entertainments on Youtube but we have recently come across two old newsreel clips which will surely be of interest to Lloyd George Society members. First a newsreel from the general election of November 1935 in which Lloyd George urges voters to support candidates who are for peace, disarmament and the relief of unemployment. He is followed by an address from Sir John Simon who had by that time fully allied himself and his National Liberal MPs with the mainly Conservative National government of Stanley Baldwin.

  • 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.