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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

  • Young Ll.G
    Article: Apr 3, 2020
    To mark the 130th anniversary of the election to Parliament of David Lloyd George at the Caernarvon Boroughs by-election of 1890, the Lloyd George Society, together with the National Library of Wales, is planning an event at the National Library in Aberystwyth on the afternoon of Saturday 14 November 2020.
  • Commodore Hotel
    Article: Feb 6, 2020

    The final preparations are now in place for the Lloyd George Society's annual weekend school, which will take place on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February (the weekend without rugby union internationals) at our usual recent venue, the Hotel Commodore, Spa Road, Llandrindod Wells.

    This year we are delighted to welcome back Britain's foremost scholar of Lloyd George, Professor Lord K O Morgan to talk about Lloyd George and Germany. In addition we again welcome Lady Elizabeth Gibson Morgan, senior research fellow at King's College, to tell us how Brexit has altered the British constitution.

  • Article: Dec 24, 2019

    The President, Vice-Presidents and officers of the Lloyd George Society would like to wish all our members, supporters and visitors to our website a very merry Christmas and happy, healthy and successful New Year.

    We look forward to meeting old friends at the 2020 weekend school at Llandrindod Wells in February and hope to welcome some new ones too. Details of how to book are on the website.

  • Document: Nov 22, 2019
  • Document: Nov 22, 2019
  • Document: Nov 22, 2019
  • Document: Nov 22, 2019
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    Next year's weekend school will be at the Hotel Commodore in Llandrindod Wells on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February. The programme has been more difficult to finalise this time due to the political uncertanties around Brexit and general election but here is the programme as it stands at present with all those named (without qualification) having confirmed.

    We very much look forward to seeing members there and meeting new supporters.

  • National Library of Wales
    Article: Oct 30, 2019

    The Welsh Political Archive at the National Library of Wales has had a busy year and has added a number of new sets of political papers and ephemera to its collections, a couple of which are of direct interest to Society members.

    Most importantly is a collection of twenty-two speeches made by Dame Margaret Lloyd George at various events including political meetings, charity functions, the opening of schools, exhibitions, bazaars, an unveiling of a war memorial, and the presentation of awards. Six of the speeches are in Margaret Lloyd George's own hand, the rest by her private secretary the Congregationalist minister, temperance campaigner, social activist and fund raiser, the Rev. J.T. Rhys. The speeches are mostly in English but with some in Welsh. The collection was kindly loaned for copying by Mr Richard Rhys O'Brien, grandson of the Rev. J. T. Rhys (Rev. J. T. Rhys (Margaret Lloyd George) Papers).

  • Lady Megan
    Article: Oct 12, 2019

    Lady Megan Lloyd George, the charismatic daughter of a charismatic father; Liberal MP for Anglesey from 1929-1951, and the first ever female MP in Wales, has been commemorated as part of a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of the role of women in Welsh life.Lady Megan is one of a number of remarkable Welsh women who are to be celebrated with the unveling of a purple plaque. Lady Megan's will be placed in her home town of Cricieth.

  • Ivatt book cover
    Article: Sep 4, 2019

    Do people really care where their politicians get their money? Certainly at times of extraordinary scrutiny like the MPs' expenses scandal of 2009, the anger and revulsion for the ways in which MPs claimed public money tarred the reputation of politicians of all parties and led to the ending of some careers. It is also the case that political opponents, their allies in the press and their followers on social media are always trying to stir up interest in the individual financial affairs of prominent politicians. That internet meme of Donald Trump and Nigel Farage together in a gold lift is a pertinent example. By and large however politicians don't tend to lose their careers over financial indiscretions. They may, like David Laws, have to resign for a while but often get brought back into the inner circle; or quietly stand down like Speaker Martin before resuming political life in the House of Lords.