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Liberal Clubs

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/9780719082535.003.0005
Liberal Clubs

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This chapter focuses on Richard Wainwright's views on Liberal Clubs. Wainwright believed that the institution of the local Liberal Clubs nourished the Liberal Party's roots in the community during its darkest days and he was aware of the support it could provide. During the general decline of the Liberal Clubs in the 1970s, Wainwright decided to reopen one of the clubs in Colne Valley. He invested in, revived and exploited Liberal Clubs as a link with sympathisers, potential sympathisers and constituents. Wainwright was convinced that institutions such as parties and political clubs were not merely inert victims of social and economic trends, but live organisms which had their own part to play in that change, and which with strategic sense and mutual support could prosper against the tide.

Keywords: Richard Wainwright; Liberal Clubs; Liberal Party; Colne Valley; political clubs; sympathisers; constituents

Chapter.  3987 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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