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Lent 1910

  • January 1910 general election campaign. The Liberals lost Cambridge to the Unionists, Stanley Buckmaster KC‘s slim majority of 308 votes turning into a deficit of 587, as he polled 4,081 votes (46.7%).
  • Friday 18 February 1910 – Stephen Gwynn MP, Irish Nationalist.

Easter 1910

  • Saturday 30 April 1910 – Joint annual dinner with the Eighty Club. Speaker: The Rt. Hon. the Earl of Crewe KG, Colonial Secretary. Other speakerss included Charles Hobhouse MP.
  • Thursday 5 May 1910 – Dinner with Charles Hobhouse MP, presenting a vote of thanks from the Eighty Club, thanked Cambridge University Liberal Club for their help in the last general election.

Michaelmas 1910

  • Thursday 17 November 1910 – Prof. Browne, on ‘The pension question’.
  • Friday 2 December 1910 – Election meeting with Stanley Buckmaster KC, Liberal MP for Cambridge 1906-10, and the Hon. Edwin Montagu MP, Under-Secretary of State for India and CULC President 1902-3.
  • December 1910 general election campaign. Former MP Stanley Buckmaster KC failed to re-take Cambridge. In yet another close contest, he polled 4,084 votes (48.0%), 343 votes less than the Unionist incumbent.

Lent 1911

Easter 1911

  • Thursday 11 May 1911 – Presentation to Stanley Buckmaster KC, former MP for Cambridge 1906-10, in appreciation of his efforts in the two general elections of 1910, and in recognition of his being the only Liberal returned for the city since 1880.

Michaelmas 1911

  • ?

Lent 1912

  • Friday 26 January 1912 – A.D. McNair, solicitor and former CU Liberal Club President 1907-8, on ‘The foreign policy of Sir Edward Grey’.
  • Friday 9 February 1912 – Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson, historian and Fellow of King’s, on ‘Upper and lower classes’.
  • Friday 16 February 1912- J.P. Boland MP, Irish Nationalist, on ‘Home Rule’.
  • Friday 23 February 1912 – J.T. Sheppard, Fellow of King’s and former CU Liberal Club President 1907-8, on ‘Some dangers of socialism’.
  • Friday 1 March 1912 – Ernest Evans, barrister and former CU Liberal Club President 1908-9.

Easter 1912

Michaelmas 1912

  • Friday 25 October 1912 – Stephen Reynolds on ‘Liberalism’.
  • Wednesday 27 November 1912 – Prof. L.T. Hobhouse, philosopher, on ‘Social theory and liberal policy’.
  • Wednesday 4 December 1912 – C.R. Buxton, former MP, on ‘The land question’.

Lent 1913

  • ?

Easter 1913

  • Thursday 1 May 1913 – Joint annual dinner with the Eighty Club. Speakers: Ellis Griffith MP, Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Harold Spender, the newly-selected candidate for Cambridge, J.H.B. Nihill, Cambridge Union Society, and Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, author.

Michaelmas 1913

Lent 1914

  • January 1914 – A.D. McNair, Fellow of Gonville & Caius, and former CU Liberal Club President 1907-8.
  • Friday 27 February 1914 – R.C. Hawkins, on ‘The South African situation’.
  • Friday 6 March 1914 – Dr. Rutherford, on ‘Liberalism and imperialism’.

Easter 1914

Michaelmas 1914

  • Wednesday 11 November 1914 – Debate on the future of the society in wartime ended in a resolution to continue functioning through the war, but to avoid controversy.

Lent 1915

  • Wednesday 27 January 1915 – Dr. Charles Saroléa, Belgian academic.
  • Wednesday 10 February 1915 – Arthur Ponsonby MP, pacifist Liberal.
  • Wednesday 17 February 1915 – Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson, historian and Fellow of King’s, on ‘Europe after the War’, advocating a revived Congress of Europe working with the United States and a League of Peace.
  • Wednesday 10 March 1915 – The Rt. Hon. W.P. Schveiner.

Easter 1915

  • Wednesday 5 May 1915 – W.H.D. Rouse, Fellow of Christ’s, on the Balkans.
  • Tuesday 25 May 1915 – Coalition government formed; CULC agreed to adhere to the party political truce.

Michaelmas 1915

  • Wednesday 20 October 1915 – Discussion on party truce, renewing CULC’s pledge to adhere to the truce.
  • Tuesday 26 October 1915 – S.P. Kerr, on ‘Volunatrism vs. conscription’.
  • Friday 5 November 1915 – H.D. Woodcock, barrister, on ‘War savings’.
  • Sunday 28 November  1915 – J.W. Scobell Armstrong, on ”The influence of German education on the war’. Ticketed meeting.

Lent 1916

  • Wednesday 23 February 1916 – William, 7th Earl Beauchamp, former Lord President of the Council, on ‘Liberalism during the war and afterwards’.
  • Wednesday 1 March 1916 – Society suspended for the remainder of the war.

(Society dormant 1916-19, in line with many other political societies. This meant the society played no part in the December 1918 general election, when there was no Liberal candidate in Cambridge, and the Unionists comfortably retained the seat.)

Michaelmas 1919

  • Thursday 27 November 1919 – Refoundation meeting, with speaker J.K. Mozley, former CU Liberal Club President 1905-6. Society resumed full activities after the wartime interregnum, dedicating itself to “liberalism without prefix or suffix”.

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