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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.


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, 2016
  • Commodore Hotel
    Article: Nov 17, 2016

    The Society's next weekend school will take place at the Hotel Commodore in Landrindod Wells on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 February 2017.

    We have a full and exciting programme of talks across a wide range of topics, including the impact of Brexit on British business and what President Trump may mean for us all. Perhaps our main attraction is Dr. Anna Beer, A Visiting Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford and biographer of John Milton. We have our usual mixture of history, politics and debate. Our distinguished after-dinner speaker will be Baroness Lorely Burt who will stay with us on Sunday morning for our panel session led by Mark Williams MP.

  • Blossom
    Article: Oct 20, 2016

    It is with sadness that we have to let members know of the unexpected death on 7 October 2016 of Norman Mountain of Newport, who was one of the Lloyd George Society's staunchest members and an assidous attender at our weekend schools for many years.

    Norman said that he greatly enjoyed the occasion and good company at the weekend schools but his favourite part was always the panel session with MPs and peers answering questions from the floor because you had the politicians there and you could quiz them directly.

  • Blossom
    Article: Jul 25, 2016

    It is with great sadness that we have to pass on the news of the death of Mair Thomas, a former member of the Lloyd George Society from its very beginning and a loyal supporter of the weekend schools, who passed away on 14 July at the University Hospital of Wales. She was 95 years of age and had been in failing health for some months. Mair Thomas was the sister of the late Sir Maldwyn Thomas and and the sister-in-law of Dame Maureen Thomas. Sir Maldwyn was a former Liberal parliamentary candidate, President of the Welsh Liberal Party and the first President of the Lloyd George Society.

  • Roger Williams
    Article: May 9, 2016

    The Lloyd George Society is delighted to annouce that Roger Williams CBE, Liberal Democrat MP for Brecon and Radnorshire from 2001-2015, has agreed to become a Vice President of the Society. As Society members will be aware, Roger has been a frequent participant at our weekend schools and a stalwart supporter of the Society for many years. A Breconshire farmer by profession, Roger was a local councillor before becoming Lib Dem MP for Brecon and Radnor in succession to the late Richard Livsey, who was himself a sometime Vice President of the Society. We very much look forward to seeing Roger again at our weekend schools in Llandrindod Wells and our other functions.

  • Welsh Church of Central London
    Article: Apr 21, 2016
    The Lloyd George Society is pleased to help publicise two events celebrating the life of David Lloyd George and his family which are taking place soon at The Welsh Church of Central London (Eglwys Gymraeg Canol Llundain) in Eastcastle Street near Oxford Circus where the great man was a regular member and preacher, and where the wedding of his daughter, Lady Olwen also took place.
  • Jordanston Church
    Article: Feb 17, 2016

    To commemorate the hundred years since David Lloyd George took up the post of Prime Minister, the UK's first and only Welshman to hold such high office; the wardens of Jordanston Church, also known as St Cwrda, near Fishguard in Pembrokeshire are planning an exhibition reflecting Lloyd George's life, family and career.

  • LG Museum
    Article: Feb 10, 2016

    In a move which has been characterised as extremely short-sighted, Gwynedd Council have decided to cease funding the Lloyd George Museum and boyhood home in Llanystumdwy. The decision still needs to pass the Cabinet and Full Council but they are expected to confirm the funding cut. The result of the cut will almost certainly mean the Museum will have to close. The Council owns the museum building and the boyhood home but no plans have been announced concerning the future of the properties, or what will happen to the museum exhibits and artefacts.

  • Audience
    Article: Feb 9, 2016

    This year's weekend school has been so popular that all accommodation at the Hotel Commodore has now been taken. We are very sorry but we cannot therefore accept any more bookings requiring accommodation. You would still be very welcome as a day visitor on the Saturday and/or the Sunday morning.

  • war cabinet
    Article: Dec 1, 2015

    BBC radio Wales are broadcasting a three part series looking at the role played by David Lloyd George in the First World War. This promises to be a fascinating listen as the acclaimed TV historian Dan Snow examines not only the part played by Lloyd George himself in the key roles of Chancellor of the Exchequer, then Munitions Minister and finally as Prime Minister after 1916 but also key social changes such the employment of women in the factories.