GO BACK TO 1920s

Lent 1930

  • Friday 14 February 1930 – J.A. Spender, journalist, biographer, and former Editor of the Westminster Gazette.
  • Friday 21 February 1930 – Dr. E. Leslie Burgin MP, former director of legal studies at the Law Society.
  • Friday 28 February 1930 – Joint annual dinner with the Eighty Club. Speaker: Sir Donald Maclean KBE MP. (Lion Hotel)

Easter 1930

  • ?

Michaelmas 1930

Lent 1931

Easter 1931

  • ?

Michaelmas 1931

  • Tuesday 27 October 1931 – Polling day in the general election. There was no Liberal candidate in Cambridge, and Cambridge was left as a straight fight between Labour and the Conservative incumbent, who comfortably held the seat.
  • Friday 13 November 1931 – David Marshall Mason MP.
  • Friday 20 November 1931 – C.B. Fry, sportsman, publisher, editor and diplomat, on ‘Population and emigration’.

Lent 1932

  • Saturday 27 February 1932 – Mass-meeting calling for sanctions against Japan in the wake of the Japanese invasion of Manchuria.  (Guildhall)
  • (No annual dinner with the Eighty Club was held this year.)

Easter 1932

  • ?

Michaelmas 1932

  • Friday 11 November 1932 – first meeting of term.
  • Friday 18 November 1932 – Robert Bernays MP, on ‘The problem of India’.

Lent 1933

Easter 1933

  • ?

Michaelmas 1933

  • ?

Lent 1934

  • Cambridge by-election campaign, caused by the elevation to the peerage of Conservative incumbent Richard Tufnell.
  • Thursday 8 February 1934 – Polling day in the Cambridge by-election. The Liberal candidate did poorly, coming third with 2,023 votes (6.9%).
  • Friday 16 February 1934 – Joint annual dinner with the Eighty Club.

Easter 1934

  • ?

Michaelmas 1934

  • ?

Lent 1935

  • Friday 8 March 1935 – Joint annual dinner with the Eighty Club. Speaker: Cyril Asquith, barrister.

Easter 1935

  • ?

Michaelmas 1935

  • Thursday 14 November 1935 – Polling day in the general election. As with the previous general election, there was no Liberal candidate in Cambridge, and Cambridge was left as a straight fight between Labour and the Conservative incumbent, who comfortably held the seat.

Lent 1936

  • Friday 28 February 1936 – Joint annual dinner with the Eighty Club. Speaker: Sir Archibald Sinclair Bt CMG MP, Leader of the Liberal Party. Other guests include Major-General L.H.R. Pope-Hennessy CB DSO.

Easter 1936

  • ?

Michaelmas 1936

  • Monday 19 October 1936 – Richard Acland MP, on ‘Post-war liberalism’. (St. Columbia’s Hall)
  • Friday 23 October 1936 – Ronald F. Waller, on ‘What consequences would follow the extinction of the Liberal Party?’
  • Friday 6 November 1936 – John L. Poole, on ‘Why not a British Popular Front?’
  • Friday 27 November 1936 – Francis Hurst, former Editor of The Economist.

Lent 1937

  • Friday 5 February 1937 – Elliott Dodds, Editor of The Huddersfield Examiner.
  • Friday 19 February 1937 – Henry Graham White MP, former Assistant Postmaster General.
  • Monday 8 March 1937 – Wilfrid Roberts MP, advocate of a popular front, on ‘Spain’.
  • (The annual Eighty Club dinner due this term was delayed, as on the proposed date of Friday 26 February 1937, the speaker Geoffrey Mander MP suddenly fell ill, and the event had to be cancelled.)

Easter vacation 1937

  • Tuesday 6 April 1937 – Annual conference of the Union of University Liberal Societies held at the National Liberal Club in London. Two motions by CULC were debated: one on returning Germany’s former colonies to her if she co-operated with the League of Nations (which was defeated), and one endorsing a ‘popular front’ of ‘progressive forces’ to solve the international situation.

Easter 1937

  • ?

Michaelmas 1937

  • New magazine launched – The New Radical.
  • Tuesday 19 October 1937 – protest against Japanese aggression, jointly held with the Cambridge Peace Council and the League of Nations Union. Speaker: Professor Chang. (St. Andrew’s Hall)
  • Thursday 4 November 1937 – Geoffrey Mander MP, on appeasement. (St. John’s)
  • Saturday 6 November 1937 – Visit to Oxford for a joint lunch with the Oxford University Liberal Club.
  • Wednesday 10 November 1937 – Drinks party for 70 people, hosted by Lady Sinclair, wife of the Leader of the Liberal Party. (Trinity)
  • Friday 26 November 1937 – Joint annual dinner with the Eighty Club. Speaker: Maj. Gwilym Lloyd George MP. Other speakers include J.W. Williamson and Dr. Donald M.J. Johnson.

Lent 1938

  • Saturday 5 February 1938 – Polling on women to the Cambridge Union, with support from CULC’s Assistant Secretary R.E.M. LeGoy.
  • Saturday 12 February 1938 – Cambridge Union debate ‘That liberalism is a waste of time’, lost by 127 votes to 54. CULC’s Assistant Secretaries R.E.M. LeGoy and Richard Wainwright argue the Liberal case.
  • Monday 14 February 1938 – Sir Archibald Sinclair Bt CMG MP, Leader of the Liberal Party, on the European situation.
  • Tuesday 15 February 1938 – CULC Ball.
  • Wednesday 2 March 1938 – Joint ‘teledemocracy’ event with the Cambridge University Democratic Front, the Socialist Club, and the League of Nations Union. Mass telegrams issued to the government calling for a collective security approach to foreign policy. (Market Hill) Later that evening, Dr. Gilbert Murray on the international situation. (St. John’s)
  • Saturday 5 March 1938 – Joint dinner with Oxford University Liberal Club for E. Barker.

Easter vacation 1938

  • Monday 14-Thursday 24 March 1938 – Delegation to Paris of 12 Cambridge students headed by Derek Ezra of Magdalene and CULC, to discuss the international situation with French politicians including Paul Reynaud, Francois de Tessan, Pierre-Etienne Flandin, and members of the French general public. The group is sponsored by the French Embassy, and includes officers of the Cambridge Union Society, the CU New Commonwealth Society, the CU Socialist Club, and the Oxford University Liberal Club. First international event for the society.

Easter 1938

  • Saturday 23 April 1938 – Publication of ‘Politics in Paris: A Cambridge Report’, on the society’s recent delegation to France.

Michaelmas 1938

  • October 1938 – Succession of sherry parties, greatly boosting membership.
  • Friday 28 October 1938 – Arthur Comyns Carr, former MP.
  • Friday 11 November 1938 – Lady Sinclair, wife of the Leader of the Liberal Party, hosts a sherry party. (Trinity)
  • Wednesday 16 November 1938 – Visit to Oxford University Liberal Club.
  • Friday 25 November 1938 – W.H. Auden, poet, on ‘China’, after six months of witnessing the Japanese occupation there.
  • Saturday 26 November 1938 – Winter Sports Tour.

Lent 1939

  • Saturday 21 January 1939 – Viscountess (Sybil) Rhondda, Welsh feminist.
  • Early February 1939 – Lord Noel-Buxton, (Labour) former Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries.
  • Thursday 9 February 1939 – John Langdon Davies, on ‘Air Raid Precautions’.
  • Saturday 11 February 1939 – ‘Progressive Unity’ joint event with other anti-Nazi groups. Speakers: Ernest Evans MP (Liberal), George Strauss MP (Labour), and Harold Macmillan MP (Conservative).  (Union)
  • Thursday 16 February 1939 – Bottle party. (Magdalene)
  • Monday 20 February 1939 – Viscount (Herbert) Samuel, former Leader of the Liberal Party, on Labour and nationalisation. (Union)
  • Late February 1939 – Lunch with actress Madeleine Carroll (‘The 39 Steps‘, ‘The Prisoner of Zenda‘).
  • Saturday 4 March 1939 – Tea with the committee, hosted by Richard Wainwright. (Clare)
  • Thursday 9 March 1939 – Prof. W.M. MacMillan, on ‘Inside the colonies themselves’.

Easter 1939

  • ?

Michaelmas 1939

  • Saturday 4 November 1939 – Tea with Helen Doyle. (Newnham)
  • Friday 24 November – Dance.

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