Archive for November, 2009

Further updates to the lists of officers


Cambridge University Liberal Club logo, 1920

Thanks to contributions from former CU Liberal Club activists Peter Calvert (President, Michaelmas 1959), David Wright (member, early 1970s), Sandy Walkington (Chair, Lent 1974), Tim Brittain-Catlin (CUSD President, Michaelmas 1981-Easter 1982), Paul Jessop (CUSD President, Michaelmas 1982), and Martin Pierce (Chair, Michaelmas 1985), we’ve been able to massively expand the lists of past officeholders.

In particular, we’re enormously grateful to Peter Calvert for his phenomenally detailed research on the history of the society conducted in the early 1960s, which has been invaluable in filling in most of the information for before 1945. The expanded lists of officers can be found herehere, and here.

As ever, this is an ongoing project which will be the appendix to a history of CSLD’s predecessor societies, so any further information or corrections would be very welcome!


David Howarth to stand down as Cambridge MP


The Keynes Society is sad to announce that David Howarth MP will be standing down at the next general election. David took the Cambridge seat from Labour on a 20% swing – the third-largest in the country – in 2005, and has been a truly outstanding MP since then.

He first joined Cambridge University Liberal Club when he was a student at Clare College in 1978. Contemporary registers show a “Dave Howarth” who assiduously turned up to speaker meetings. After graduate study at Yale, David returned to Clare in 1985, becoming a Reader in Law and Economics. He also had a parallel career as a local councillor. First elected as a Liberal for Castle Ward in 1987, he led the third party on the council into official opposition and eventually government, serving as Leader of Cambridge City Council between 2000 and 2003, when he headed up Cambridge’s pioneering efforts on recycling, and was responsible for numerous initiatives dealing with homelessness.

David stood down from the council to win the parliamentary seat of Cambridge, succeeding at his third attempt. As an MP he has been outspoken on a number of issues, including successfully halting an “abolition of parliament bill”, heading up the campaign against government cuts to mental health care provision in Cambridge, and he has been a tireless voice on liberal issues from controlling the arms trade to cutting carbon. Most recently, as  the Lib Dem Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, David’s forensic knowledge of civil and criminal law have seen him gain respect from all parties for his interventions.

David will be standing down to focus on his academic career, and he will no doubt continue to be a powerful voice in Cambridge, and in liberal politics. More on his announcement can be readherehere, and here.