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Lent 1960

  • 17 January 1960 – Francis Boyd, political correspondent of The Guardian, on ‘The new radicals.’
  • 18 January 1960 – Guy Clutton-Brock on ‘Central Africa facing 1960.’
  • 24 January 1960 – Ludovic Kennedy, broadcaster and former Liberal candidate for Rochdale, on ‘Persuading the electorate.’
  • 1 February 1960 – Sean Lemass TD, Taioseach (Prime Minister) of the Republic of Ireland, on ‘The role of small nations in the UN.’
  • 7 February 1960 – Roderic Bowen QC MP, on ‘The lonely crowd.’
  • 12 February 1960 – David Pitt, former 1959 Liberal candidate for Hampstead, on ‘Race relations in Great Britain.’
  • 12 February 1960 – Green Ribbon Ball.
  • 14 February 1960 – Michael Howard, Lecturer in War Studies at King’s College London, on ‘America and the defence of Europe.’
  • 21 February 1960 – Colonel Geoffrey Taylor, former 1959 Liberal candidate for Yeovil, on ‘Medical hazards and nuclear tests.’
  • 28 February 1960 – John Hay Whitney, American Ambassador to Britain.

Easter 1960

  • ?

Michaelmas 1960

  • 9 October 1960 – Inaugural meeting for the academic year. Speaker: Jeremy Thorpe MP on ‘The third force.’
  • 16 October 1960 – George Lindgren, Treasurer of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association, on ‘Trade unions and politics.’
  • 23 October 1960 – Katsumo Ohno, Japanese Ambassador to Britain, on ‘Japan today.’
  • 30 October 1960 – Jo Grimond MP, Leader of the Liberal Party, on ‘The new Liberal left’, followed by a sherry party.
  • 6 November 1960 – Dr. Perla Vazquez, cultural attaché to the Cuban Embassy, on ‘Cuba after the revolution.’
  • 11 November 1960 – Green Ribbon Ball. (Dorothy Café Ballroom)
  • 13 November 1960 – Joint meeting with the Oxford University Liberal Club, in Cambridge. Speaker: Sir Lionel Fox, President of the Prison Commission.
  • 18 November 1960 – Douglas Robinson, Secretary of the Liberal Party, on ‘Liberalism in Europe.’

Lent 1961

  • The society launches its new magazine, ‘Scaffold.’
  • 22 January 1961 – Richard Moore, former CULC President and member of the Liberal Party Executive, on ‘Liberalism the only realism.’ (Union)
  • 24 January 1961 – Keith Lye, National Organiser of the Africa Bureau, on ‘Federation of East Africa?’ (Mill Lane)
  • 29 January 1961 – Joint meeting with the Cambridge University United Nations Association – Patrick Van Rensburg, Liberal Party of South Africa and organiser of a national boycott, on ‘The white man in the wood pile.’
  • 21 January 1961 – Coming-up dance. (Lion Hotel)
  • 28 January 1961 – Informal dance. (Lion Hotel)
  • 3 February 1961 – Jeremy Thorpe MP, on ‘The third force.’ (Union)
  • 5 February 1961 – Donald Wade MP, Liberal Whip.
  • 7 February 1961 – Mary Benson, author of ‘Tshekedi Khama’, on ‘The High Commission Territories – Britain’s shop window in South Africa.’
  • 12 February 1961 – Lt. Colonel Patrick Lort-Phillips DSO, author of ‘Logic and Defence’, Liberal candidate for Ebbw Vale, and CND member.
  • 19 February 1961 – Professor Clinton Rossiter, Cornell University, on ‘Liberalism in American politics.’
  • 20 February 1961 – Marshal of the RAF Sir John Slessor GCB DSO MC, on ‘The next ten years for NATO.’ (Clare)
  • 26 February 1961 – The Rev. Michael Scott, Director of the African Bureau, on ‘SWA and the UN.’
  • 5 March 1961 – Ned Walsh, Trade Unions Officer of the Liberal Party, on ‘Reforming the trade unions.’

Easter 1961

  • 23 April 1961 – Aubrey Herbert, ex-President of the Cambridge Union and Liberal candidate for Sudbury and Woodbridge, on ‘The Liberal Party: comings and goings and table talk, 1922-1961.’
  • 7 May 1961 – Visit to Oxford, for joint meeting with Oxford University Liberal Club.
  • 14 May 1961 – Speaker from South Africa House, discussing Commonwealth relations with South Africa, followed by speaker from the Portuguese Embassy, discussing ‘Portugal and her overseas territories.’
  • Joint meeting between the Liberal Club, the Labour Club, the Conservative Association, and CND, with the philosopher Prof. the Earl (Bertrand) Russell (himself a CULC alumnus, and Secretary of the Society in 1892).

Summer vacation 1961

  • Campaigning tour of Swindon.

Michaelmas 1961

  • Five Sunday tea meetings.
  • October 1961 – coming-up dance. (Dorothy café)
  • October 1961 – informal dance. (Lion Hotel)
  • Friday 10 November 1961 – Jeremy Thorpe MP.
  • Saturday 18 November 1961 – Green Ribbon Ball. (Dorothy Café)
  • November 1961 – sherry party with the Rt. Hon. Jo Grimond MP, Leader of the Liberal Party.
  • Friday 2 December 1961 – informal dance. (Lion Hotel)

Christmas vacation 1961

  • Campaigning trips to Montgomery, Orpington and Swindon.

Lent 1962

  • Visit to Oxford University Liberal Club. (Oxford)
  • February 1962 – Richard Rouse, Liberal trade unionist.
  • 25 February 1962 – Cllr. Eric Lubbock, candidate in the forthcoming Orpington by-election.
  • 11 March 1962 – the Rt. Hon. Jo Grimond MP, Leader of the Liberal Party. (Emmanuel)

Easter 1962

  • June 1962 – madrigals dance.
  • June 1962 – garden party. (Christ’s)

Summer vacation 1962

  • Campaigning tour of Lincoln.
  • 11-18 September 1962 – campaigning tour of Reigate.

Michaelmas 1962

  • October 1962 – college squashes.
  • October 1962 – coming-up dance.
  • Wednesday 17 October 1962 – Jeremy Thorpe MP.
  • November 1962 – Green Ribbon Ball (Masonic Hall)
  • 18 November 1962 – Donald Wade MP, Liberal Whip.
  • November 1962 – wine and cheese party.

Lent 1963

  • 21 January 1963 – Mark Bonham Carter, former MP, on ‘Unity in Western Europe’.  (Magdalene)
  • 3 February 1963 – Sunday afternoon tea, followed by Brigadier Sir Frank Medlicott, on ‘Why I left the Conservatives and joined the Liberals’, followed by a sherry party.
  • 6 February 1963 – Policy meeting.
  • 10 February 1963 – Sunday afternoon tea, followed byDominic Le Fou, Advertising & Publicity Advisor to the Liberal Party, on ‘ The Party Image’, followed by a sherry party.
  • 17 February 1963 – Sunday afternoon tea, followed by Pratap Chitnis, Liberal agent at the Orpington by-election, on ‘The mechanics of victory’, followed by a sherry party.
  • 23 February 1963 – Seminar – ‘Mass communication in a free society’, followed by a Seminar Dance.
  • 24 February 1963 – Sunday afternoon tea, followed by John A.T. Robinson, the Bishop of Woolwich, on ‘Problems of being a Radical today’, followed by a sherry party.
  • 27 February 1963 – Joint meeting with the Cambridge University Labour Club – George Scott on ‘The future of the British radical left’.
  • 3 March 1963 – Sunday afternoon tea, followed by Henry Osborne  on ‘Why I left the Labour party and joined the Liberals’, followed by a sherry party.
  • 6 March 1963 – Policy meeting.
  • 10 March 1963 – Joint meeting with the Cambridge University Japanese Society – the Japanese Ambassador, on ‘Japanese foreign politics today’.  (Trinity)
  • 13 March 1963 – Greensox dinner at an Indian restaurant.

Easter 1963

  • 4 May 1963 – canvassing trip to Ipswich.

Michaelmas 1963

  • October 1963 – college squashes.
  • October 1963 – coming-up dance. (Chalet)
  • October 1963 – discotheque. (CULC clubroom, Lion Hotel)
  • Sunday 3 November 1963 – CULC join an anti-apartheid protest in Trafalgar Square. (London)
  • Sunday 3 November 1963 – campaign trip to the Luton by-election.
  • Saturday 9 November 1963 – Green Ribbon Ball. (Dorothy Café)
  • November 1963 – discotheque. (CULC clubroom, Lion Hotel)
  • November 1963 – “Meet the Committee” session.
  • Monday 2 December 1963 – Greensox dinner.
  • December 1963 – visit to Oxford University Liberal Club. (Oxford)

Lent 1964

  • Sunday 18 January 1964 – Lord (Bob) Boothby, on Europe. (Christ’s)
  • Thursday 2 January 1964 – Jeremy Thorpe MP. (Christ’s)
  • Sunday 25 January 1964 – Dr. Taylor, Vice-Chancellor of Keele, on student morality. (Christ’s)
  • Sunday 1 February 1964 – Charles de Peyer, civil servant, on nationalisation. (Christ’s)
  • Thursday 5 February 1964 – policy meeting on the massacre of the Watutsi in Rwanda.
  • Sunday 8 February 1964 – Colin Buchanan, on town planning. (Christ’s)
  • Friday 13 February 1964 – policy meeting, on two topics: apartheid in South Africa, and regional government.
  • Sunday 15 February 1964 – The Rt. Hon. Jo Grimond MP, Leader of the Liberal Party. (Christ’s)
  • Sunday 22 February 1964 – Sir Hugh Foot, British Ambassador to the United Nations Trusteeship Council, on Africa. (Christ’s)
  • Sunday 29 February 1964 – George Scott. (Christ’s)
  • Sunday 7 March 1964 – Michael Young, on consumer protection and trading. (Christ’s)
  • Thursday 11 March 1964 – Greensox dinner. (Koh-i-Noor restaurant)

Easter 1964

  • Thursday 30 April 1964 – Sir John Cockcroft, Nobel  Prize-winning pioneer of nuclear physics. (St. John’s)
  • Wednesday 6 May 1964 – Michael O’Loughlin, Liberal candidate for Cambridge. (Christ’s)
  • Wednesday 13 May 1964 – Richard Moore. (St. John’s)

Summer vacation 1964

  • Campaigning tours of Tiverton and Yeovil.

Michaelmas 1964

  • General election campaign.
  • 15 October 1964 – Polling day in the general election. Dr. Michael O’Loughlin contested the seat for the Liberals. He increased the Liberal vote on the previous election but came third, polling 7,723 (16.17%). This was the first time since 1929 that the Liberals kept their deposit in a Cambridge election. The Conservatives narrowly held the seat on a much-reduced majority.
  • October 1964 – freshers’ fair stall and college squashes.
  • Saturday 6 November 1964 – Green Ribbon Ball, with Nat Temple. (Dorothy Café)
  • November 1964 – sherry party for College Reps, hosted by Tom Dale of the Eastern Counties Liberal Federation.
  • Saturday 27 November 1964 – afternoon tea at the National Liberal Club. (London)
  • Monday 29 November 1964 – policy meeting on apartheid in South Africa.

Lent 1965

  • Thursday 21 January 1965 – Donald Newby, Chairman of the Orpington Liberal Association.
  • January 1965 – informal dance.
  • January 1965 – Lord (Harold) Collison, President of the Trade Union Congress.
  • February 1965 – Alasdair Mackenzie MP.
  • February 1965- Albert Irving.
  • Sunday 14 February 1965 – Policy Meeting covering employee shareholding and co-partnership in industry; European trade; the death sentence in Ghana; repression of students in Portugal; and American withdrawal from Vietnam.
  • February 1965 – Harry Cowie, Director, Liberal Party Research Department.
  • February 1965 – First Secretary of the American Embassy.
  • Visit to the Scott Baker Commonwealth. (London)
  • Visit to Parliament. (London)

Easter 1965

  • April 1965 – canvassing in the run-up to the local elections.
  • Sunday 26 April 1965 – policy meeting on UN peace-keeping operations in the Middle East and the Congo.
  • May 1965 – policy meeting on the broader topic of foreign policy in general.
  • May 1965 – Visit to the BBC. (London)
  • June 1965 – CU Conservative Association vs. CU Labour Club cricket match, with CU Liberal Club providing the umpires.

Michaelmas 1965

  • Mark Bonham Carter.
  • November 1965 – campaign trip to the Erith by-election.
  • Saturday 13 November 1965 – Green Ribbon Ball.
  • Joint meeting with the Labour Club.

Christmas vacation 1965

  • Canvassing tour of Torrington.

Lent 1966

  • January 1966 – campaign trip to the Hull by-election.
  • January 1966 – Colin Jordan, British fascist. (Guildhall)
  • February 1966 – campaign trip to Huntingdon.
  • 28 February 1966 – conference on the future of CU Liberal Club. (Trinity)
  • Russell Johnston MP.
  • March 1966 – canvassing trip to Orpington.

Easter vacation 1966

  • Campaigning trips to Colne Valley, Orpington and Chippenham.
  • General election campaign.
  • 31 March 1966 – Polling day in the general election. Dr. Michael O’Loughlin contested the seat for the Liberals for the second time, with a reduced vote. He came third, polling 4,928 votes (10.20%), losing his deposit. Labour narrowly gained the seat from the Conservatives, for only the second time.

Easter 1966

  • Sunday 1 May 1966 – Forum on Rhodesia, with Judy Todd, daughter of former Rhodesian Prime Minister Garfield Todd; Lord (Donald) Wade, former Liberal MP; and Rear-Admiral Morgan Morgan-Giles MP, Conservative MP and former President of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich.
  • Sunday 8 May 1966 – Leo Abse MP, Labour MP and gy rights campaigner.

Michaelmas 1966

  • October 1966 – coming-up dance.
  • Sunday 23 October 1966 – seminar on workers’ control, with David Spreckley, former Liberal candidate for Huntingdon and Managing Director of Landsman’s (Co-Ownership) Ltd
  • Plaid Cymru MP Gwynfor Evans. (King’s)
  • Sunday 6 November 1966 – Lord Reay (Hugh Mackay). (Clare)
  • Friday 11 November 1966 – protest with CU Labour Club, against white minority rule in Rhodesia. (Christ’s Pieces)
  • Sunday 13 November 1966 – Humphrey Berkeley, former Conservative MP and gay rights campaigner, on “Ethics and Society” (Clare)
  • Monday 14 November 1966 – General meeting (Pembroke)
  • Friday 18 November 1966 – Green Ribbon Ball (Dorothy)
  • Michael Steed, psephologist, Manchester University. (Pembroke)

Lent 1967

  • Friday 27 January 1967 – ‘Teach-In on Soviet Jewry’. (Lady Margaret Hall)
  • Sunday 29 January 1967 – campaign trip to Ely.
  • Sunday 5 February 1967 – ‘Teach-In on Rhodesia’. (Lady Margaret Hall)
  • Friday 17-Sunday 19 February 1967 – Oxford Weekend School, with Jo Grimond MP, former Leader of the Liberal Party; Richard Wainwright MPPeter Bessell MP; Chris Layton, candidate for Chippenham; Richard Moore, candidate for North Antrim; Guffyd Evans, former President of the Liberal Party; and Jon Steel, National League of Young Liberals. (Oxford)
  • Saturday 25 February 1967 – canvassing trip to Norwich.
  • Sunday 26 February 1967 – Richard Moore, candidate for North Antrim, on Ulster.
  • Friday 3 March 1967 – visit to the House of Commons, with Eric Lubbock MP. (London)
  • Monday 6 March 1967 – James Davidson MP, on ‘the Liberals in Parliament’. (St. John’s)
  • Thursday 9 March 1967 – Newly-revived annual dinner. Speaker: Peter Bessell MP. (University Arms Hotel)
  • Sunday 12 March 1967 – Speaker meeting with the newly-elected Leader of the Liberal Party Jeremy Thorpe MP, followed by dinner with him. (Union and Bath Hotel)

Easter 1967

  • Wednesday 3 May 1967 – Joint seminar with the Labour Club, on ‘prices and incomes policy’.
  • Thursday 8 June 1967 – cricket match against CU Democratic Labour Club.
  • June 1967 – informal dance. (Masonic Hall)
  • June 1967 – policy meeting on drugs.

Summer vacation 1967

  • 21 September 1967 – Polling day in the Cambridge by-election caused by the death of the incumbent Labour MP Robert Davies. Former councillor David Spreckley contested the seat for the Liberals, with a slightly smaller vote than the previous election, polling 4,701 votes (11.8%). The Conservatives regained the seat from Labour.

Michaelmas 1967

  • October 1967 – freshers’ fair stall.
  • October 1967 – college squashes.
  • October 1967 – coming-up dance. (Victoria Ballroom)
  • Friday 20 October 1967 – South Vietnamese Ambassador.
  • Mark Bonham Carter.
  • Nancy Seear.
  • Friday 3 November 1967 – Halloween Ball. (Guildhall)
  • John Pardoe MP.
  • Sir Andrew Cohen.
  • Sunday 26 November 1967 – policy meeting on a range of topics, including: aviation; civil service reform; David Steel; drugs; Europe; House of Lords reform; immigration; population; Rhodesia; wasteful expenditure; [Liberal] club & party. (Gonville and Caius)

Lent 1968

  • March 1968 – Anti-Vietnam War protest during a visit by Defence Minister Denis Healey to the university.
  • March 1968 – Michael Winstanley MP.

Easter 1968

  • ?

Michaelmas 1968

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Lent 1969

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Easter 1969

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Michaelmas 1969

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