HISTORY OF THE LIBERAL AND LIBERAL DEMOCRAT PARTIES IN WALES
pioneering volume - a comprehensive, authoritative study of the
history of the Liberal Party in Wales from 1868 until the
end of the twentieth century. Thoroughly researched and
assembled from an
array of disparate source materials, compellingly
written, the book fills a distinct gap in the political
historiography of modern Wales and Britain.'
J. Graham Jones, former
Head of the Welsh Political Archive.
the Liberal Party was born, few recognised Wales as a political
entity - the north and south having very different outlooks.
As Wales developed into a nation, the Liberal Party became the
political force. The History of the Welsh Liberals
vividly illustrates the massive fluctuations in the Liberal
Party's fortunes in Wales reaching a peak of 31 MPs in 1906,
winning all the seats except one, but clinging on to the sole
seat of Montgomeryshire in 1966, before beginning a slow
recovery. It is a dramatic political story, succinctly told and
Alun Wyburn-Powell, Honorary
Research Fellow, University of Leicester
Liberal Democrats and their predecessors the Liberals have never
benefited from entering coalitions with other parties, a new
book has concluded.'
Roderick (Welsh Affairs Editor BBC Wales), Sunday Supplement,
BBC Radio Wales 27th April 2014
being Wales' oldest political party, The
Welsh Liberals is
the first comprehensive published history of the Welsh
Liberal Party and its successor, the Welsh Liberal
the late nineteenth and early twentieth century the Welsh
Liberal Party dominated Welsh politics and in the process, the
Welsh Liberal Party became the first truly Welsh political
party. During this period a new generation of radical and
talented politicians emerged from its ranks and who would leave
an indelible mark on Wales and the British state.
From 1905 until 1922 Welsh Liberals would hold some of the most
senior political position in the British Empire, but by the end
of the First World War the Welsh Liberals had passed their
political peak. For the next half century it was a story of
decline and a struggle for the party's very survival until it
once more joined a government in 2000, this time in the National
Assembly for Wales.
Liberals: The History of the Welsh Liberal and Liberal Democrat
charts the highs and lows of an extraordinary party. This
comprehensive study includes over 40 interviews with senior
figures from within the Welsh Liberal Party, the Welsh SDP and
Welsh Liberal Democrat Party and provides the first
detailed history of Wales' oldest political party.
Wales: The Liberal Nation (1859-1898)
The Liberal Zenith and the
The Legacy Spoilt (1919-1945)
The Brush with Extinction (1945-1959)
The First Truly Welsh Liberal Party (1960-1974)
Fighting on the Margins (1975-1987)
'Hanging on and Finding a Role'
'From Back Row to Front
an Honorary Research Fellow at Swansea University and a Lecturer
at Swansea Metropolitan University and Coleg Gwent. He is also
author of The Governance
of Wales: The Welsh Office and the Policy Process 1966-1999
(Welsh Academic Press, 2002).