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British Library of Political and Economic Science

Liberal Party, 1989-


Reference code(s): GB 0097 LIBERAL PARTY 1989

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: Liberal Party, 1989-

Date(s): 1988-2006

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 3 boxes

Name of creator(s): Liberal Party, 1989-


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.


Scope and content/abstract:

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.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:


Conditions governing access:

Mainly open; some items closed.

Conditions governing reproduction:

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.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue available from Archives staff.



Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited by the Liberal Party.


Related material:

Publication note:


Archivist's note: Sources: Copied from LSE Archives CALM database by Anna Towlson.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Feb 2008

Political communication | Political sociology
Political parties | Internal politics
Politics | Political science

Personal names

Corporate names
Liberal Party
National Union of Liberal Clubs