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Another successful weekend school

February 20, 2017 8:06 PM

Panel sessionThe Lloyd George Society enjoyed another successful weekend school at our regular venue the Hotel Commodore in Llandrindod Wells.

On Saturday morning we heard the entrepreneur and former Regional Director of the CBI, Beverley Neilsen, who is now the Liberal Democrat candidate for the West Midlands mayoralty on the impact of Brexit on British business and how damaging leaving the single market is likely to be. We then heard author and academic Dr Elin Jones on the valuable work fo the Welsh Womens Archive in saving the history of the forgotten women who have influenced Welsh history. Our afternoon session began with a presentation by author and preacher the Reverend Ben Rees about the life of Cledwyn Hughes, Lord Penrhos, whose biography Dr Rees will be publishing soon. This was followed by a stimulating talk on Lloyd George and Ireland by Dr Mike Morrogh, former head of history at Shrewsbury School. After tea we heard Baroness Liz Barker on the voluntary sector and the day's talks ended with a presentation by Dr Anna Beer, Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College, Oxford on the political writings of the poet John Milton.

On Sunday morning Dr Ian Stafford of Cardiff University delivered session on the new American president, which engendered a lot of discussion and was a great introduction to the final session, our panel of politicians led by Mark Williams MP, leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats. Mark was joined by Baroness Joan Walmsley, Roger Williams (former MP for Brecon anbd Radnor) and Cllr Bill Powell.

Many thanks are due to our President, Lord Thomas of Gresford, our chairman Professor Russell Deacon and to Baroness Walmsley for chairing the various sessions.

We hope to meet again next February at Llandrindod Wells for our weekend school 2018.