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The merger and the Liberal Democrats

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/9780719082535.003.0015
The merger and the Liberal Democrats

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This chapter focuses on the merger of the Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) to form the Liberal Democrats. The pro-merger factors in both parties emerged after the disappointing result of the 1987 general elections. Richard Wainwright foresaw this merger and he was determined to ensure that the new party embodied as much as possible of the Liberal spirit. This chapter suggests that though the merged party lacked the religious dimension of the old Liberal Party and it had different approach to policy-making, Wainwright can be considered undoubtedly a Liberal Democrat.

Keywords: Liberal Party; SDP; Liberal Democrats; Richard Wainwright; political merger; general elections

Chapter.  7172 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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