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Lent 1940

  • Thursday 1 February 1940 – Prof. Maurice Ginsberg, on ‘The ethical basis of international relations’.
  • Monday 5 February 1940 – Tom Horabin MP, on Russian intervention against Germany.
  • Friday 23 February 1940 – Cambridge University by-election. In the absence of a Liberal candidate, CULC support the Independent Sir Ralph Wedgwood Bt CB CMG.
  • Friday 1 March 1940 – Dance.

Easter 1940

  • Saturday 18 May 1940 – Last meeting of the society’s Political Forum. The formation of an all-party coalition government eight days earlier makes it no longer possible for this group to meet.

Michaelmas 1940

  • Thursday 24 October 1940 – Sir Richard Acland Bt MP, on ‘How we shall win’. (Guildhall)
  • Saturday 26 October 1940 – J.L. Carvel, political correspondent of The Star.
  • Sunday 3 November 1940 – Dr. E.M.W. Tillyard, Fellow of Jesus, on ‘Federal union’.
  • Sunday 10 November 1940 – Geoffrey W. Campbell, on ‘The fundamentals of American politics’.
  • Sunday 17 November 1940 – Dr. Huns on ‘Economic nationalism’.
  • Joint annual dinner with the Eighty Club. Speaker: Lord (James) Meston KCSI VD, President of the Liberal Party.

Lent 1941

  • Sunday 2 February 1941 – Prof. Gilbert Murray, Classicist and academic.
  • Friday 7 February 1941 – Joint meeting with Cambridge University Conservative Association and Cambridge University Labour Club – Paul-Henri Spaak, former Prime Minister of Belgium, on ‘Belgium in Western Europe’. Chaired by G.M. Trevelyan OM FRS FBA, Master of Trinity.
  • February 1941 – Morley Stuart, Editor of the Cambridge Daily News, on “Newspapers in wartime.”

(As no records for the society survive after this point for 1941-5, it is not improbable that political activities were suspended for the remainder of the war, in line with many other political societies. The society did, however, maintain a skeleton executive throughout the war, and so remained partially active.)

Summer vacation 1945

  • Thursday 5 July 1945 – Polling day in the general election, in which the society seems to have played no active part. As with the previous two general elections, there was no Liberal candidate in Cambridge, and Cambridge was left as a straight fight between Labour and the Conservative incumbent. Labour narrowly took the seat for the first time.

Michaelmas 1945

  • Sunday 18 November 1945 – first weekly Sunday tea of term, with discussion led by Philip Syrett. (Trinity Hall)

Lent 1946

  • Weekly Sunday teas. (Trinity Hall)
  • Friday 15 February 1946 – Club dance. (Rex ballroom)

Easter 1946

  • Two Sunday teas. (Trinity Hall)
  • Monday 6 May 1946 – May Ball. (Guildhall)

Michaelmas 1946

  • Weekly Sunday teas. (Trinity Hall)
  • Friday 1 November 1946 – Sir Percy Harris Bt, former Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party.

Lent 1947

  • Weekly Sunday teas. (Trinity Hall)
  • Sunday 23 February 1947 – debate on the motion “That the Liberal Party relies too much on its past.”
  • Wednesday 5 March 1947 – Ball. (Guildhall)

Easter 1947

  • Three Sunday teas. (Trinity Hall)

Michaelmas 1947

  • Weekly Sunday teas. (Trinity Hall)
  • October 1947 – debate with Oxford University Liberal Club.
  • Wednesday 3 December 1947 – Ball, with Barton Calviescu and his Woodchuckers. (Miller’s)

Lent 1948

  • Weekly Sunday teas. (Trinity Hall)

Easter 1948

  • Two Sunday teas. (Trinity Hall)
  • Saturday 15 May 1948 – “Ideas of May” dance.
  • Wednesday 23 June 1948 – Ball. (Guildhall)

Michaelmas 1948

  • Weekly Sunday teas. (Trinity Hall)
  • Sunday 3 November – delegation of 20 visiting German students for afternoon tea.
  • Tuesday 16 November 1948 – Dance. (Guildhall)

Lent 1949

  • Weekly Sunday teas. (Trinity Hall)
  • Wednesday 19 January 1949 – Philip Fothergill, Liberal Party Headquarters.
  • Wednesday 26 January 1949 – Sir Charles Reid, former member of the National Coal Board.
  • Wednesday 2 February 1949 – Alfred Edwards MP (Independent).
  • Sunday 6 February 1949 – discussion on foreign policy. (Trinity Hall)
  • Wednesday 9 February 1949 – ‘Joint Forum’ with C.U. Labour Club, opened by speeches from the President and Secretary of each society.
  • Wednesday 9 February 1949 – Leslie Hore-Belisha, former Liberal and National Liberal MP.
  • Sunday 13 February 1949 – Debate with the Oxford and London University Liberal Clubs, on the motion “Financial incentives are the most effective.”
  • Friday 18 February 1949 – Dance. (Guildhall)
  • Wednesday 23 February 1949 – Rhys Hopkin Morris MP.
  • Wednesday 2 March 1949 – Joint meeting with C.U. Labour Club with the Rev. Michael Scott, anti-Apartheid campaigner.
  • Saturday 5 March 1949 – Annual dinner. (Union)

Easter 1949

  • Two Sunday teas. (Trinity Hall)

Michaelmas 1949

  • Weekly Sunday teas. (Trinity Hall)
  • Dingle Foot, former Liberal MP.
  • Scott Cawain.
  • Philip Fothergill, Liberal Party Headquarters.
  • Wednesday 23 November 1949 – Ball. (The Dorothy)

GO FORWARD TO 1950s

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