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Lent 1970

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Easter 1970

  • 18 June 1970 – Polling day in the general election. The Liberals did not contest Cambridge, leaving a straight fight between Labour, and the Conservative incumbent who was re-elected.

Michaelmas 1970

  • 8 October 1970 – Coming-up dance and disco. (The Dorothy)
  • 14 October 1970 – The Rt. Hon. Jeremy Thorpe MP, Leader of the Liberal Party, on ‘Why Liberal?’, and South Africa. (Mill Lane)
  • 16 October 1970 – Bishop John Robinson, author of Honest to God, on ‘The Church and the community.’ (King’s)
  • 18 October 1970 – Alec Petersen, Chairman of the Liberal Party Education Panel, on ‘Education.’ (Clare)
  • 19 October 1970 – John Hyatt, pacifist, on ‘Nonviolence.’ (Christ’s)
  • 20 October 1970 – Bernard Greaves, on ‘Pollution, waste, and the environment.’ (Jesus)
  • 27 October 1970 – Humphrey Berkeley, ex-Tory MP and Labour defector, on ‘The civilised society.’ (Clare)
  • 10 November 1970 – Margaret Wingfield, former Liberal candidate for Chippenham, on ‘Poverty – must we tolerate it?’ (Jesus)
  • 12 November 1970 – Manaf Safadi on ‘A Palestinian view of the Middle East.’ (Emmanuel)
  • 19 November 1970 – Raymond Williams, Marxist novelist.
  • 25 November 1970 – Cllr. David Murray, recently-elected Liberal councillor for Market ward.
  • 3 December 1970 – trip to Parliament hosted by Russell Johnston MP, including tickets to Prime Minister’s Questions. (London)

Lent 1971

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Easter 1971

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Michaelmas 1971

  • October 1971 – Freshers’ squashes.

Lent 1972

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Easter 1972

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Michaelmas 1972

  • October 1972 – Freshers’ squashes.

Lent 1973

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Easter 1973

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Michaelmas 1973

Lent 1974

  • January 1974 – Cambridge Union debated the motion “Only Liberal policies can save Britain”, with Cambridge candidate Michael O’Loughlin, Cambridgeshire candidate Stephen Jakobi, and CULC Chair Sandy Walkington as speakers for the Liberals, against Cambridge’s Conservative MP David Lane, and Cambridge’s Labour candidate James Curran. The Liberals won the debate, by 117 votes to 116.
  • January 1974 – campaign trip to Great Malvern for the South Worcestershire by-election.
  • February 1974 general election campaign.
  • February 1974 – Annual dinner with Lord (Oliver) Airedale.
  • 28 February 1974 – Polling day in the general election. Dr. Michael O’Loughlin contested the seat for the Liberals for the third time, and did dramatically well. Although he still came third, he polled 15,491 votes (26.07%), considerably more votes than any Liberal had ever previously polled in Cambridge. The Conservative incumbent was re-elected with a reduced majority.

Easter 1974

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Michaelmas 1974

  • October 1974 general election campaign.
  • 10 October 1974 – Polling day in the general election. Dr. Michael O’Loughlin contested the seat for the Liberals for the fourth time, securing a reduced vote of 11,129 votes (21.07%), finishing third of four candidates. The Conservative incumbent was re-elected with a further reduced majority.

Lent 1975

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Easter 1975

  • Campaign for the referendum on Britain’s EEC membership.

Michaelmas 1975

Lent 1976

  • 3 March 1976  – former Plaid Clymru MP Gwynfor Evans, on ‘The case for an independent Wales.’ (Emmanuel)

Easter 1976

  • 27 April 1976 – Dr Joseph Needham FRS, FSA, scientist, historian and sinologist.
  • 4 May 1976 – Simon Bennett of Jesus College, on energy. (Peterhouse)
  • 11 May 1976 – Sir Alan Cottrell, former Chief Scientific Advisor to the Heath government, on ‘Technology and the Economy.’ (Peterhouse)

Michaelmas 1976

  • Cambridge by-election campaign.
  • 12 October 1976 – Dr. Michael O’Loughlin, Liberal PPC for Cambridge. (Pembroke)
  • 26 October 1976 – Sir Dingle Foot QC, former Liberal MP, on devolution. (Pembroke) Later that day, the society had a further speaker meeting with John Pardoe MP, on ‘The Liberal role in politics today.’ (King’s)
  • 10 November 1976 – Basil Goldstone, President of the Liberal Party. (Trinity)
  • 30 November 1976 –election meeting for the Cambridge parliamentary by-election, with Clement Freud MP and Liberal candidate Michael O’Loughlin. (Trinity)
  • 2 December 1976 – Polling day in the Cambridge by-election caused by incumbent Conservative MP David Lane’s promotion to Chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality. Dr. Michael O’Loughlin contested the seat for the Liberals for the fifth and last time, securing a reduced vote of 7,051 votes (18.34%), finishing third of five candidates. The Conservatives held the seat with an increased majority.

Lent 1977

  • 18 January 1977 – Tuesday Lunch. Speaker: Richard Wainwright MP.
  • 25 January 1977 – Tuesday Lunch. Speaker: George Watson, author, on ‘Is socialism left?’ (Pembroke)
  • 1 February 1977 – Tuesday Lunch. Speaker: Harold Levenson, legal officer of the National Centre for Citizenship and the Law.
  • 8 February 1977 – Tuesday Lunch. Speaker: Cllr. Chris Bradford, Cambridgeshire County Council.

Easter 1977

  • 26 April 1977 – Tuesday Lunch. Speaker: Vivienne Alford, Cambridge local party, on ‘Conservation and Liberals’ (Pembroke)
  • Tuesday Lunch. Speaker: Roland Green, on ‘The campaign against the Criminal Trespass Bill.’ (Pembroke)

Michaelmas 1977

  • 15 October 1977 – Saturday Lunch. Speaker: David Lane, Chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality and former Cambridge MP. (Pembroke)
  • 18 October 1977 – Tuesday Lunch. Speaker: Enid Lakeman, Director of the Electoral Reform Society. (Pembroke)
  • 25 October 1977 – Tuesday Lunch. Speaker: Peter Brooke of the Cambridge Workers’ Control Group. (Pembroke)
  • 1 November 1977 – Tuesday Lunch. Speaker: David Grace, former President of the Cambridge Union, 1973. (Pembroke)
  • 8 November 1977 – Tuesday Lunch. Speaker: Cllr. Chris Bradford, Cambridgeshire County Council. (Pembroke)
  • 16 November 1977 – ‘Tuesday Lunch’ (on Wednesday). Speaker: Lord (Michael) Winstanley, Liberal health spokesperson. (Trinity)
  • 22 November 1977 – Tuesday Lunch. Speaker: Bernard Greaves, on ‘gay rights and the Liberal Party.’ (Trinity)

Lent 1978

  • 24 January 1978 – Sir Duncan Wilson, Master of Corpus Christi College.
  • 28 January 1978 – Saturday Lunch. Speaker: Patrick Keatley of The Guardian, on ‘Southern Africa.’ (St. John’s)
  • 31 January 1978 – Joint meeting with the Campaign for Soviet Academic Freedom. (Pembroke)
  • 4 February 1978 – Lord (Basil) Wigoder, Liberal Chief Whip in the House of Lords, on ‘Freedom of Information and the Official Secrets Act.’ (St. John’s)
  • 14 February 1978 – Roger Pincham, member of the National Executive of the Liberal Party, on ‘The relevance of Liberalism.’ (Trinity)
  • 18 February 1978 – Cllr. Tony Greaves, Association of Liberal Councillors, on ‘Community Politics’ (Trinity)
  • 21 February 1978 – Tuesday Lunch. Speaker: Richard Wainwright MP. (Trinity)
  • 4 March 1978 – Saturday Lunch. Speaker: Richard Moore, former President of CU Liberal Club, 1953. (Trinity)
  • 10 March 1978 – Christopher Mayhew, former Liberal MP, on ‘Liberal election strategy.’ (St. John’s)

Easter 1978

  • 12 May 1978 – Alan Sherwell, chair of the National League of Young Liberals. (St. John’s)

Michaelmas 1978

  • The Rt. Hon. Jeremy Thorpe MP, former Leader of the Liberal Party, on a walkabout through central Cambridge. (Market Square)
  • 11 October 1978 – Steve Atack, former Chair of the National League of Young Liberals, 1976-7. (Trinity)
  • 14 October 1978 – John Wakelin, Liberal PPC for Cambridge. (Trinity)
  • 17 October 1978 – Gavin Grant, office of the leader of the Liberal Party. (Trinity)
  • 21 October 1978 – Professor Ralf Dahrendorf, economist, Director of the LSE. (Trinity)
  • 28 October 1978 – Cllr. David Williams, Leader of the Lib Dem group in the London Borough of Richmond. (Trinity)

Lent 1979

Easter 1979

  • General election campaign.
  • 28 May 1979 – Polling day in the general election. John Wakelin contested the seat for the Liberals, polling 9,285 votes (16.60%), finishing third of four candidates. The Conservative incumbent was re-elected with a reduced majority.

Michaelmas 1979

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