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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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The merger and the Liberal Democrats

The merger and the Liberal Democrats

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Richard Wainwright, the Liberals and Liberal Democrats
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Matt Cole

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719082535.003.0015

This chapter focuses on the merger of the Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) to form the Liberal Democrats. The pro-merger factors in both parties emerged after the disappointing result of the 1987 general elections. Richard Wainwright foresaw this merger and he was determined to ensure that the new party embodied as much as possible of the Liberal spirit. This chapter suggests that though the merged party lacked the religious dimension of the old Liberal Party and it had different approach to policy-making, Wainwright can be considered undoubtedly a Liberal Democrat.

Keywords:   Liberal Party, SDP, Liberal Democrats, Richard Wainwright, political merger, general elections

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