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Further updates to the lists of officers

 

Cambridge University Liberal Club logo, 1920

Thanks to contributions from former CU Liberal Club activists Peter Calvert (President, Michaelmas 1959), David Wright (member, early 1970s), Sandy Walkington (Chair, Lent 1974), Tim Brittain-Catlin (CUSD President, Michaelmas 1981-Easter 1982), Paul Jessop (CUSD President, Michaelmas 1982), and Martin Pierce (Chair, Michaelmas 1985), we’ve been able to massively expand the lists of past officeholders.

In particular, we’re enormously grateful to Peter Calvert for his phenomenally detailed research on the history of the society conducted in the early 1960s, which has been invaluable in filling in most of the information for before 1945. The expanded lists of officers can be found herehere, and here.

As ever, this is an ongoing project which will be the appendix to a history of CSLD’s predecessor societies, so any further information or corrections would be very welcome!

David Howarth to stand down as Cambridge MP

 

The Keynes Society is sad to announce that David Howarth MP will be standing down at the next general election. David took the Cambridge seat from Labour on a 20% swing – the third-largest in the country – in 2005, and has been a truly outstanding MP since then.

He first joined Cambridge University Liberal Club when he was a student at Clare College in 1978. Contemporary registers show a “Dave Howarth” who assiduously turned up to speaker meetings. After graduate study at Yale, David returned to Clare in 1985, becoming a Reader in Law and Economics. He also had a parallel career as a local councillor. First elected as a Liberal for Castle Ward in 1987, he led the third party on the council into official opposition and eventually government, serving as Leader of Cambridge City Council between 2000 and 2003, when he headed up Cambridge’s pioneering efforts on recycling, and was responsible for numerous initiatives dealing with homelessness.

David stood down from the council to win the parliamentary seat of Cambridge, succeeding at his third attempt. As an MP he has been outspoken on a number of issues, including successfully halting an “abolition of parliament bill”, heading up the campaign against government cuts to mental health care provision in Cambridge, and he has been a tireless voice on liberal issues from controlling the arms trade to cutting carbon. Most recently, as  the Lib Dem Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, David’s forensic knowledge of civil and criminal law have seen him gain respect from all parties for his interventions.

David will be standing down to focus on his academic career, and he will no doubt continue to be a powerful voice in Cambridge, and in liberal politics. More on his announcement can be readherehere, and here.

Lists of officers of the society

After days of gruelling research, a list of all known former Presidents/Chairs, Vice-Presidents, Treasurers and Secretaries of CU Liberal Club, CU Social Democrats, and Cambridge Student Liberal Democrats, is now up and running at https://keynessociety.wordpress.com/who-ran-the-society/ 

Some of these records stretch back to the society’s foundation in 1886, and a pretty complete list is available as far back as 1945.

We hope to further extend this information in the coming months, and would welcome all extra information and amendments from alumni.

Peter Cook 1937-1995

Peter Cook in his 1960s heyday

Peter Cook in his 1960s heyday


Anti-establishment satirist and actor Peter Cook was a (fairly inactive) member of Cambridge University Liberal Club in the late 1950s – but there is a curious postscript to this fact.

A group of Liberals who had known Cook at university tried very hard to persuade him (unsuccessfully) to stand as the Liberal Democrat candidate for parliament in Finchley in 1992, to succeed Margaret Thatcher.

Presumably, had he stood, much of his campaign would have been delivered in an E.L. Wisty voice…

Liberal Club termcards, 1886-1985

The website has now been updated with details of many of the old termcards of Cambridge University Liberal Club, with details stretching back to the 1880s, so you can now relive old memories and see exactly who spoke when and where!

Harold Abrahams, 1899-1978

As mentioned elsewhere on this site, research is currently underway on the history of Cambridge University Liberal Club. One item recently unearthed was a 1920 pamphlet, Cambridge Liberal Policy, with contributions on constitutional reform by Harold Abrahams.
Abrahams, a student at Gonville & Caius from 1919 to 1922, famously overcame substantial prejudice against his Jewish background and won the 100m sprint gold medal at the 1924 Olympics, later recounted in the film Chariots of Fire. Later in life, Abrahams maintained a legal career, and went on to stopwatch the first four-minute mile in 1962.Harold Abrahams
Harold Abrahams

Harold Abrahams

As mentioned elsewhere on this site, research is currently underway on the history of Cambridge University Liberal Club. One item recently unearthed was a 1920 pamphlet, Cambridge Liberal Policy, with contributions on constitutional reform by Harold Abrahams.

Abrahams, a student at Gonville & Caius from 1919 to 1922, famously overcame substantial prejudice against his Jewish background and won a gold medal for the 100m sprint at the 1924 Olympics, as later recounted in the film Chariots of Fire. Later in life, Abrahams had a succesful legal career, and went on to stopwatch the first four-minute mile in 1954.

Liberal Voice – first issue out

Members and alumni of Cambridge Student Liberal Democrats have been mailed the first issue of Liberal Voice, the society’s new quarterly newsletter. Liberal Voice aims to be a platform for members, and to provide a snapshot of the society at any given time.

The publication is just the tip of the iceberg – further in-depth articles by CSLD members on politics, philosophy, and camaigning can be read at the Liberal Voice website at www.liberalvoice.csld.org.uk

Launch of a new publication by CSLD, for members and alumni

Launch of a new publication by CSLD, for members and alumni


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