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:

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This chapter focuses on Richard Wainwright's experience at Cambridge University. When Wainwright came to Cambridge in the autumn of 1936, he immediately joined the Liberal Club, thereby beginning a commitment he was to maintain for over fifty years until the Party's merger with the Socialist Democratic Party (SDP), and a further fifteen with the Liberal Democrats. He wrote for The New Radical and became the club's president in his final year. He also became a member of the Eighty Club, a dining club through which the Liberal Party nationally sought to recruit aspirant political leaders. This chapter highlights Wainwright's opposition to the commonly held view during this time that the Liberal Party was finished.

Keywords: Richard Wainwright; Cambridge University; Liberal Club; SDP; Liberal Democrats; The New Radical; Eighty Club

Chapter.  4875 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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