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Lent 2010

  • 16 January 2010 – Campaigns conference. (Sidney Sussex)
  • 21 January 2010 – Jo Swinson MP, Lib Dem Shadow Minister for Women, on airbrushing women in advertising. (Clare)
  • 30 January 2010 – Policy ‘pub meetup’ with the Labour Club and the Conservative Association. (Union)
  • 2 February 2010 – ‘Pizza & Politics’ with the new Lib Dem candidate for Cambridge, Dr. Julian Huppert. (The Cow)
  • 7 February 2010 – Open meeting on electioneering. (Sidney Sussex)
  • 10 February 2010 – Cross-party debate on ‘environmental sustainability’, with the chairs of CSLD, CU Labour Club, CU Conservative Association, and CU Green Association. (Clare)
  • 13 February 2010 – Question Time, with the Chairs of CSLD, CULC, and CUCA. (Magdalene)
  • 15 February 2010 – David Howarth MP, on ‘Reducing the prison population’, in a joint lunchtime meeting with Cambridge University Howard League Society, followed that evening by David speaking to a joint meeting with Christ’s College Politics Society. (Law faculty and Christ’s)
  • 24 February 2010 – Nick Harvey MP, Lib Dem Defence spokesperson, on ‘Afghanistan: Lessons learned, and moving forwards.’ (Peterhouse)
  • 25 February 2010 – Question and answer session with the Rt. Hon. Nick Clegg MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats. (Trinity Hall)
  • 26 February 2010 – 125th anniversary dinner with speakers David Howarth MPDr. Julian Huppert, Andrew Duff MEP, OBE, CSLD Chair Dom Weldon, and former CSLD Chair Seth Thévoz. (Trinity Hall and the Union)
  • 4 March 2010 – Question and answer session followed by dinner, with Dr. Vincent Cable MP, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats. (Robinson)
  • 7 March 2010 – CSLD “paint the town yellow” pub crawl.

Easter 2010

  • 22 April 2010 – Rally and walkabout with the Rt. Hon. Charles Kennedy MP, former Leader of the Liberal Democrats, and Dr. Julian Huppert. (Market Square)
  • General election campaign – polling day on 6 May 2010. Dr. Julian Huppert retained the seat for the Liberal Democrats, with a slightly increased vote of 19,621 (but a slightly reduced vote share of 39.1%), and an increased majority of  6,792 (13.5%). The Labour and Conservative candidates both polled over 12,000 votes, with Labour moving into third place, and the Conservatives moving into second place.
  • 12 June 2010 –  CSLD garden party and barbecue with Dr. Julian Huppert MP. (Sidney Sussex)

Michaelmas 2010

  • 5-6 October 2010 – Freshers’ Fair activities.
  • 8 October 2010 – Freshers’ squash. (Gonville and Caius)
  • 12 October 2010 – “Paint the town Yellow” pub crawl.
  • 16 November 2010 – “Pizza and Politics”. (The Cow)
  • 18 November 2010 – “Julian and da Bomb” event on nuclear weapons, with Dr. Julian Huppert MP. (Trinity Hall)
  • 30 November 2010 – Christmas “Pizza and Politics”. (The Cow)

Lent 2011

Easter 2011

  • AV referendum and local election campaign – polling day on 5 May. The referendum across Britain was lost by a landslide, but Cambridge was one of only 11 areas in the country to vote “Yes”, by 54.3% to 45.7%.
  • Monday 20 June 2011 – CSLD garden party. (Sidney Sussex)
Michaelmas 2011
  • 22 September 2011 – ARU Freshers’ Fair activities. (Anglia Ruskin University)
  • 6-7 October 2011 – Freshers’ Fair activities.
  • 10 October 2011 – Freshers’ squash with Evan Harris, former Lib Dem MP. (Christ’s)
  • 15 October 2011 – CSLD “paint the town yellow” pub crawl.
  • 25 October 2011 – Tim Farron MP, Lib Dem party President. (Sidney Sussex)
  • 27 October 2011 – policy workshop with Michael Meadowcroft, former Liberal MP. (London)
  • 23 November 2011 – CSLD vs. CUCA debate: “The future of the Human Rights Act”, with Ieva Lismane (CSLD Chair), Dan Bental (CU Amnesty International) and Cllr. Colin Rosenstiel (Cambridge City Council) speaking for the Act, against Edward Turnham and David Cowan of CUCA. A poll of the audience found that the pro-Human Rights Act side narrowly won. (Union)
Lent 2012
  • CSLD campaign for a scientific approach to drugs policy.
  • February 2012 – CSLD Annual Dinner.
  • February 2012 – Cross-party curry night.
  • Saturday 3 March 2012 – Joint open-air meeting with CU Amnesty International and Cambridge STAR: “Let them work! End the destitution of refused asylum seekers”, with Dr. Julian Huppert MP. (Outside Great St. Mary’s)
  • Tuesday 6 March 2012 – Cllr. Dr. Julie Smith, Chair of Liberal International (British Group), on “Do we need the EU?” (Murray Edwards)
  • Tuesday 13 March 2012 – “Drugs: a cross-party debate”, with CSLD, CUCA and CULC. (Union)

Easter 2012

  • Local election campaign – polling day on 3 May. Despite losing several seats, the Liberal Democrats narrowly held Cambridge City Council.
  • Thursday 21 June 2012 – CSLD garden party. (Clare)
Michaelmas 2012
  • Wednesday 3rd-Thursday 4th October 2012 – Freshers’ Fair activities, with Dr. Julian Huppert MP.
  • Wednesday 3rd October 2012 – The Rt. Hon. Dr. Vincent Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, at a joint event with Gonville and Caius Poltics Society. (Gonville and Caius)
  • Tuesday 9th October 2012 – Freshers’ Squash. (Clare)
  • Saturday  13th October 2012 – CSLD “paint the town yellow” pub crawl.
  • Tuesday 16th October 2012 – “Pizza and Politics” with Cambridge Lib Dems.
  • Saturday 20th October 2012 – Lib Dem regional party conference in Cambridge, followed by “Cambridge Action Evening”.
  • Tuesday 23rd October 2012 – “Popcorn and Politics”: film screening of In The Loop. (Trinity)
  • Saturday 27th October 2012 – Action day in St. Albans.
  • Friday 2nd November 2012 – Andrew Duff MEP, OBE, on “Is this the end of the EU?” (Sidney Sussex)
  • Thursday 6th November 2012 – US election party. (Trinity)
  • Friday 9th November 2012 – Campaigns day, followed by formal hall.
  • Friday 16th November 2012 – Talk by Dr. Julian Huppert MP. (Clare)
  • Friday 23rd November 2012 – Lord Oakeshott, on “The Liberal Democrat Dilemma – Stick or Twist?”, for a joint event with the Cambridge Fabian Society. (Friends’ Meeting House)
  • Sunday 25th November 2012 – Action day in Castle ward.
  • Tuesday 27th  November 2012 – CSLD Christmas dinner.

Lent 2013

  • Tuesday 22nd January 2013 – “Rethinking the War on Drugs”, with Tom Lloyd, former Chief Constable of Cabridgeshire; joint event with the Cambridge Libertarians. (Queens’)
  • Monday 28th January 2013 – “Liberal Democrat Values: Joint Policy Forum” with the Cambridge local party, featuring a debate on whether to change the preamble of the party constitution. (St. Luke’s Church)
  • Wednesday 6th February 2013 – “The Nuclear Options: What Next For Trident?” with Sir Nick Harvey MP, former Defence Minister. (Gonville and Caius)
  • Monday 18th February 2013 – “Popcorn and Politics”, with a screening of “I Am a Great Man”. (Trinity)

Easter 2013

  • Friday 19th-Sunday 21st April 2013 – “Liberal Youth action weekend” in Cambridge.
  • Tuesday 30th April 2013 – “Sexism in Politics: A Liberal Perspective”, hosted by Cllr. Dr. Belinda Brooks-Gordon, Reader in Psychology and Social Policy, Birkbeck College. (Cavonius Centre)
  • Local election campaign – polling day on 2 May. Elections to Cambridgeshire County Council.
  • Wednesday 19th June 2013 – CSLD Garden Party. (Gonville and Caius)

Michaelmas 2013

  • Thursday 10th October 2013 – Freshers’ Squash. (Gonville and Caius)
  • Sunday 13th October 2013 – Cambridge student campaign day.
  • Tuesday 15th October 2013 – “Paint the Town Yellow” Lib Dem pub crawl. (Meeting at the May Pole)
  • Saturday 19th October 2013 – East of England Liberal Democrats Regional Party Conference. (Churchill)
  • Tuesday 22nd October 2013 – Cambridge Thinks debate on “Should Higher Education Be Free?”, with CSLD Chair Fergus Blair. (CUSU)
  • Wednesday 23rd October 2013 – “Pizza and Politics” with the Cambridge local party. (Selwyn)
  • Friday 1st November 2013 – Chris Davies MEP, on “Why Britain Will Say YES to Europe”. (Sidney Sussex)
  • Thursday 7th November 2013 – Maajid Nawaz, Lib Dem PPC for Hampstead and Kilburn, on “Extremism and its Enemies”. (Sidney Sussex)
  • Tuesday 12th November 2013 – Mike Smithson, founder of politicalbetting.com, on “Why You’re Probably Wrong About 2015”. (Sidney Sussex)
  • Friday 15th November 2013 – Lib Dem formal hall.
  • Wednesday 20th November 2013 – Norman Baker MP, Home Office minister, on “Why We Need the Lib Dems in Government”. (Gonville and Caius)
  • Friday 22nd November 2013 – Craig Murray, former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan, on “What’s Ethical, if Anything, About British Foreign Policy?”, for a joint event co-hosted with the Cambridge local party. (Union)
  • Tuesday 3rd December 2013 – Christmas dinner.

Lent 2014

  • Friday 24th January 2014 – “Pizza and Politics”. (King’s)
  • Wednesday 5th February 2014 – Professor David Nutt, on “A Scientific Approach to Drugs Policy”. (Sidney Sussex)
  • Monday 17th February 2014 – Annual Dinner, with Dr. Julian Huppert MP.
  • Saturday 1st March 2014 – “Thinking and Drinking: Europe – A Democratic Deficit?”, with the Young European Movement Cambridge. (The Maypole)

Easter 2014

  • Local and European election campaign – polling day on 22 May. The Liberal Democrats made heavy losses, lost control of Cambridge City Council, and also lost their only MEP for the Eastern region. Nationally, the party came fifth behind the Greens. 
  • Friday 13th June 2014 – CSLD Garden Party. (Grasshopper Lodge)

Michaelmas 2014

  • Wednesday 8th October 2014 – Freshers’ Squash, with Lord (Tim) Clement-Jones. (King’s)
  • Tuesday 14th October 2014 – “The Hackney Heroine”, with Pauline Pearce. (Trinity)
  • Thursday 16th October 2014 – Cross-party drinks, with CUCA and CULC. (Union)
  • Sunday 2nd November 2014 – CSLD mid-term social brunch. (King’s)
  • Sunday 9th November 2014 – CSLD pub meet. (Maypole)
  • Tuesday 11th November 2014 – “Revenge Porn” forum.
  • Thursday 20th November 2014 – “My Wilderness Years”, with Lembit Opik. (King’s)
  • Thursday 27th November 2014 – Lord (William) Wallace of Saltaire. (King’s)
  • Monday 1st December 2014 – Jo Swinson MP, Junior Equalities Minister.
  • Thursday 4th December 2014 – CSLD Christmas Party.

Lent 2015

  • Wednesday 14th January 2015 – Re-Freshers’ Event ‘Campaign in Cambridge’. (Guildhall)
  • Thursday 15th January 2015 – Cross-party drinks, with CUCA and CULC. (Union)
  • Friday 16th January 2015 – Rail fares forum. (Clare)
  • Friday 23rd January 2015 – ‘Drinking Liberally’. (King’s)
  • Saturday 24th January 2015 – CND demonstration, and social event with Oxford University Liberal Democrats. (London)
  • Friday 30th January 2015 – Three-party panel discussion.
  • Tuesday 3rd February 2015 – Tour of the Houses of Parliament, with Dr. Julian Huppert MP. (London)
  • Friday 13th February 2015 – ‘Drinking Liberally’. (The Maypole)
  • Thursday 26th February 2015 – Equality Forum on “The Future of LGBT+ and Rights in Politics” with The Rt. Hon Lynne Featherstone MP, Home Office Minister; Sarah Brown, former Cambridge City Councillor; Cllr. Ed Cearns, Cambridgeshire County Council; Dr. Julian Huppert MP; and a speaker from the Cambridge LGBT+ charity ‘Sexyouality’.

Easter 2015

  • Saturday 18th April-Sunday 19th April 2015 – Liberal Youth Action Weekend in Cambridge. (Across Cambridge)
  • General election campaign – polling day on 7 May 2015. Dr. Julian Huppert lost the seat to the victorious Labour candidate Daniel Zeichner by 599 votes, with a slightly decreased vote of 18,047 (and a reduced vote share of 34.9%). Labour jumped from third place to first, increasing their vote by almost half.
  • Friday 12th May 2015 – CSLD Garden Party. (King’s)
  • Sunday 14th May 2015 – Lib Dem Fightback Meeting. (Spalding Common Room)

Michaelmas 2015

  • Tuesday 13th October 2015 – Freshers’ Squash. (Union)
  • Tuesday 20th October 2015 – “Liberalism and the Left” Debate with Downing Politics Society. (Downing)
  • Tuesday 27th October 2015 – The Rt. Hon. Lord (“Paddy”) Ashdown GCMG, CH, KBE, former Leader of the Liberal Democrats – joint speaker meeting with the Cambridge Union. (Union)
  • Saturday 7th November 2015 – “Drinking Liberally”. (King’s)
  • Saturday 14th November 2015 – “Drinking Liberally”. (King’s)
  • Thursday 19th November 2015 – Cross-Party Drinks. (King’s)
  • Friday 20th November 2015 – CSLD Annual Bridgemas Party.
  • Sunday 22nd November 2015 – Cross-Party Formal Hall. (Fitzwilliam)

Lent 2016

  • Tuesday 2nd February 2016 – CSLD participation in “Improving Drug Policy – a Libertarian, Lib Dem and Green Panel Discussion”, organised by Cambridge Libertarians. (King’s)
  • Saturday 6th February 2016 – Fundraising for Save The Children’s Syria Crisis Appeal. (Market Square)

Easter 2016

  • Much of Easter Term was spent focussing on campaigning in the 23 June referendum to remain in the European Union. While the national result was a 52%-48% split in favouring of leaving the EU, Cambridge was one of the most heavily pro-Remain areas in the UK.
  • Friday 10th June 2016 – CSLD Garden Party. (King’s)

Michaelmas 2016

  • Sunday 2nd October 2016 – CSLD canvassing action day. (Abbey)
  • Monday 10th October 2016 – Launch of CSLD mental health campaign for 5 more counsellors for the University Counselling Service, followed by Freshers’ Squash. (Union)
  • Thursday 13th October 2016 – Q&A with the Rt. Hon. Tom Brake MP, Lib Dem Chief Whip. (Clare)
  • Saturday 22nd October 2016 – CSLD 130th Anniversary Dinner, with former Cambridge MP Dr. Julian Huppert, politics lecturer Baroness Julie Smith, former CSLD Chair Dr. Seth Thévoz, former Young Liberal David Grace, former CULC Chair Sandy Walkington, and former CULC Chair Martin Pierce. (Jesus)
  • Tuesday 25th October 2016 – Mental Health Action Day, with Lib Dem Leader Tim Farron MP, and former Cambridge MP Dr. Julian Huppert, followed by a “Talk With Tim!” Q&A session with Farron. (King’s Parade/Market Square and the Union)
  • Sunday 6th November 2016 – CSLD contingent at “Mock Prime Minister’s Question Time” at the Cambridge Union. (Union)
  • Wednesday 9th November 2016 – Q&A with the Rt. Hon. Nick Clegg MP, former Deputy Prime Minister. (Union)
  • Tuesday 29th November 2016 – CSLD Christmas Pub Crawl. (The Mill, The Eagle and The King Street Run)

Lent 2017

  • Friday 20th January 2017 – Welcome Back Drinks/”Oh No, Trump is Now President!” Drinks (Maypole)
  • Friday 27th January 2017 -“Drinking Liberally” social event. (Granta)
  • Wednesday 1st February 2017 – The Rt. Hon. Norman Baker, former Home Office minister, on “Working with Theresa May, exposing scandals in Parliament, and the current political landscape” speaking to a joint meeting with Clare College Politics Society. (Clare)
  • Monday 6th February 2017 – “Drinking Liberally” social event. (Union)
  • Tuesday 14th  February 2017 – “Drinking Liberally” social event. (Granta)
  • Wednesday 22nd February 2017 – Q&A with the Rt. Hon. Alistair Carmichael MP, former Secretary of State for Scotland. (Union)
  • Friday 24th February 2017 – “Drinking Liberally” social event. (Maypole)
  • Friday 3rd March 2017 – “Can We Avoid a Hard Brexit?” public meeting, with Baroness Sal Brinton. (Hills Road Sixth Form College)
  • Saturday 4th March 2017 – Norman Lamb MP, former health minister, on “It’s time to give a ____ about mental health”. (St John’s)
  • Wednesday 8th March 2017 – International Women’s Day Q&A with,The Rt. Hon Baroness Lynne Featherstone, former Home Office minister. (St John’s)

Easter 2017

  • Easter Term 2017 was dominated by the snap general election campaign called during the preceding Easter vacation – polling day was on 8 June 2017. Dr. Julian Huppert failed to retake the seat for the Liberal Democrats, with the Labour lead for the incumbent MP Daniel Zeichner increasing from 599 votes to 12,661. The Liberal Democrats held on to second place.
  • Monday 19th June 2017 – CSLD Garden Party. (Pembroke)
  • Following a vote at the Easter Term 2017 AGM, Cambridge Student Liberal Democrats (CSLD) are formally renamed the Cambridge University Liberal Association (CULA) over the summer.

Michaelmas 2017

  • Tuesday 13th October 2017 – Freshers’ Squash. (Union)
  • Wednesday 11th October 2017 – CULA “Spirited Discussions” on three motions: “This House Would Support a Soft Brexit”; “This House thinks CULC and CUCA are not up to scratch”; “This House Believes the Lib Dems are not ‘green’ enough” (Little St. Mary’s)
  • Monday 23rd October 2017 – Cross-Party Pub Quiz. (The Maypole)
  • Thursday 2nd November 2017 – ‘Scientist to Politician: Making Evidence-Based Policy Decisions’ with former Cambridge Lib Dem MP Dr. Julian Huppert. (Emmanuel)
  • Wednesday 8th November 2017 – CULA “Spirited Discussions” on two motions: “This House thinks The Tab and Varsity are as bad as each other”; “This House believes Tim Farron was a good leader. ” (Little St. Mary’s)
  • Saturday 18th November 2017 – Visit from Oxford University Liberal Democrats, including formal hall. (Little St. Mary’s and Peterhouse)
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