Archive for April, 2009

New book out by Vince Cable

Vincent Cable MP – the party’s “twinkle-toed economic prophet” – has released a new book.  The Storm: The World Economic Crisis and What it Means offers plenty of his trademark trenchant analysis on the economy.

Biographical sketchwriters are very fond of pointing out that before Vince was a Liberal Democrat, he was a member of the SDP, and before that, he was a member of the Labour party. What is often missed out is that before that, Vince was a Liberal – he was President of Cambridge University Liberal Club back in 1963.

Vincent Cables new book

Vincent Cable's new book

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New CSLD video

Cambridge Student Liberal Democrats have posted a new video up on youtube, as part of their campaign against student fees.

You can see the result below:

Clement Freud dies

Sir Clement Freud. Photo credit: PA Wire

Sir Clement Freud. Photo credit: PA Wire

The Keynes Society is sad to note the passing of Sir Clement Freud last night.

Sir Clement was known to generations of Cambridge Young Liberals as a diligent Cambridgeshire MP, for the neighbouring seat of the Isle of Ely (1973-87, later renamed North East Cambridgeshire), which he won in a sensational by-election, and held for four subsequent elections.

When before a Liberal selection panel for the first time, he sought to allay their worries about his reputation as a television wit, by saying ‘if elected, I will take this job more seriously than I have ever taken anything before in my life’, and so he did – he is still fondly remembered today by former constituents in Ely for his assiduous casework and advocacy.

He took a strong interest in the Cambridge University Liberal Club during his time as an MP, and was still in touch with us as recently as 2005.

And he will of course perhaps be best remembered for his dazzling, deadpan performances on ‘Just a Minute’.

Obituaries can be read below

Guardian obituary – Sir Clement Freud
Telegraph obituary – Sir Clement Freud

Keynes Society website launches

At last, the Keynes Society website is now up and running.

Over the coming months, we hope to make further additions to the site. If you have any comments or feedback, please get in touch – we’re always happy to hear from alumni.

Happy browsing!


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