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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: 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.

  • 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.