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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

  • 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.

  • hotel
    Article: Nov 12, 2015

    The 2016 weekend school will take place at the Hotel Commodore, Llandrindod Wells, on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 February, the weekend without rugby internationals.

    We have another programme of brilliant speakers again this time. Perhaps our main attraction is Professor Lord Kenneth Morgan on Lloyd George in the 100th anniversary year of his becoming prime minister. There is the usual mixture of history, politics and debate with Michael Meadowcroft on the First Labour government, Baroness Kath Pinnock on the future of local government, Baroness Julie Smith on Europe and the Referendum, Dr Robert Falkner on the Environment and Dr Elizabeth Gibson-Morgan on aspects of the British Constitution. There will be a session on the future of British politics on Sunday morning followed by our usual panel of politicians, this year with Mark Williams MP. Our distinguished after-dinner speaker will be Baroness Kishwer Falkner.

  • Lord Judge
    Article: Nov 10, 2015

    The Lloyd George Society and the Welsh think tank Gorwel invite you to attend a talk followed by a dinner on the 3rd December 2015

    Reflections on the Magna Carta and Wales - Lord Igor Judge, the former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

    The talk will be held in Conference Rooms C & D, National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay, 6.30-8.00 followed by a dinner at the Juboraj, Cardiff Bay. Tickets for the dinner can be booked through www.gorwel.co

  • Mark Lewis Jones
    Article: Oct 20, 2015

    Russell George AM Invites you to a talk by Welsh actor Mark Lewis Jones at the National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay, Committee Room 21, 6.30 pm, 3rd November 2015 entitled

    "Playing Lloyd George"

    In commemoration of the start of the First World War in August 1914 the BBC commissioned a major drama serial called 37 Days. The drama tracks the progress towards the start of the war from the moment that the Archduke Franz Ferdinand is assassinated to Great Britain's declaration of war on the 4th August. One of the central figures in the drama both on TV and historically was David Lloyd George. The part of the future Welsh Prime Minister (later known as 'the man who won the war') was played by the Welsh actor Mark Lewis Jones. Mark will be addressing Gorwel in his talk on:

  • Mark Lewis Jones
    Article: Oct 6, 2015

    Actor Mark Lewis Jones played the role of David Lloyd George in the BBC television drama "37 Days" the mini-series telling the momentous story of the weeks leading up to the outbreak of the First World War. Now Mark is talking about how he became the Welsh Wizard for the TV show at a special event in Cardiff jointly organised by the Lloyd George Society and Welsh Assembly member Russell George, Conservative Assembly Member for Montgomeryshire.