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Introduction

Matt Cole

in Richard Wainwright, the Liberals and Liberal Democrats

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780719082535
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702024 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719082535.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume, which is British politician Richard Wainwright and his role in the Liberal Party and the Liberal Democrats. Wainwright joined the Party at its lowest ebb and he helped lead its return from the wilderness when others drifted elsewhere. He also witnessed the transformation of the Party, including its alliance with the Labour Party and its alliance and merger with the Socialist Democratic Party (SDP) to form the Liberal Democrats.

Keywords: Richard Wainwright; Liberal Party; Liberal Democrats; political alliance; Labour Party; SDP

Chapter.  1246 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: UK Politics

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