Tag Archives: margaret wintringham

Mothers of Liberty: Women who built British Liberalism

For an organisation that looks to the past and to party politics, it is almost inevitable that the Liberal Democrat History Group’s publications are rather dominated with accounts of men. Even now, well into the 21st century, we only just have the first female Liberal Democrat ministers, whilst female Liberal Democrat Cabinet members or party leaders are still something for the future.

Posted in Books | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , and | 3 Comments

Forgotten Liberal heroes: Margaret Wintringham

Listen to Liberal Democrats make speeches and there are frequent references to historical figures, but drawn from a small cast. Just the quartet of John Stuart Mill, William Gladstone, David Lloyd George, David Penhaligon corner almost all of the market, especially since Bob Maclennan stopped making speeches to party conference. Some of the forgotten figures deserve their obscurity but others do not. Charles James Fox’s defence of civil liberties against a dominating government during wartime or Earl Grey’s leading of the party back into power and major constitutional reform are good examples of mostly forgotten figures who could

Posted in Op-eds | Also tagged , and | 6 Comments
Advert



Recent Comments

  • Neil James Sandison
    Chris Bowers is correct in his analysis .You cannot be pro-PR without supporting a multi-party democratic state . Which whilst you may encourage the electors ...
  • Katharine Pindar
    @ Nigel Quinton. The motion does say we need 'a compelling and distinctive narrative about the power of a vote for the Liberal Democrats', which must be both em...
  • Brad Barrows
    For all the talk of the need to get a progressive alliance to help oust the Tories, the reality in Scotland is that the Liberal Democrats are involved in 5 coun...
  • Brad Barrows
    Calling for more police on the streets, it itself, is not going to reduce the likelihood of young men carrying knives. What we must also be willing to support i...
  • Martin
    Alec Macfie raises a very important point about turnout, which links to my comments about electoral legitimacy. Voting in an election that is spurned by major ...