Liberal Party, 1989-

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Papers of the Liberal Party from their re-launch in 1989 onwards, mainly NEC minutes, press releases, leaflets and other publications, policy documents, assembly papers, regional reports, reports for the National Union of Liberal Clubs, election ephemera and copies of Liberal News .

Administrative / Biographical History

The Liberal Party was re-launched in 1989 by those Liberals who opposed the merger of the Liberal and Social Democrat Parties in 1988. The party is run by a National Executive Committee (NEC), elected in a postal ballot of all members. It holds an Annual Assembly where motions are debated and, if passed, become party policy. The party publishes a journal, Liberal News , which contains articles on policy matters as well as news of campaigns and other events. In 2005, the Liberal Party had around 1300 members, and in that year's general election it won 19,068 votes. In 2007, it had 30 local councillors.

Arrangement

Chronological

Conditions Governing Access

Mainly open; some items closed.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by the Liberal Party.

Other Finding Aids

Detailed catalogue available from Archives staff.

Archivist's Note

Sources: Copied from LSE Archives CALM database by Anna Towlson.

Conditions Governing Use

Most items can be photocopied, subject to handling and copyright restrictions. No material may be published without the prior permission of both the copyright holder and the Library. All applications for publication must be made to the Archivist in the first instance, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user.