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Richard Wainwright, the Liberals and Liberal DemocratsUnfinished Business$
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Matt Cole

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719082535

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719082535.001.0001

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Early life

Early life

(p.5) 1 Early life
Richard Wainwright, the Liberals and Liberal Democrats

Matt Cole

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines the early life of Richard Wainwright. Wainwright was born on April 11, 1918 in Leeds, the same year that the Liberal Party suffered apparently fatal wounds. He was born into a prosperous, respectable household and his upbringing lacked neither resources nor emotional support. Wainwright had a privileged education, isolated from most 1930s schoolchildren, which nurtured talents and ideas which were to be essential to his political career and immunised him from the difficulties of the Liberal Party at national level.

Keywords:   Richard Wainwright, Liberal Party, privileged education, political career, Leeds

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