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Richard Wainwright, the Liberals and Liberal Democrats: Unfinished Business

Matt Cole


This book offers new research on familiar themes involving loyalties of politics, faith and locality. Richard Wainwright was a Liberal MP for seventeen years during the Liberal Party's recovery, but his life tells us about much more than this. He grew up in prosperity, but learned from voluntary work about poverty; he refused to fight in World War Two, but saw war at its cruellest; he joined the Liberal Party when most had given up on it, but gave his fortune to it; lost a by-election but caused the only Labour loss in Harold Wilson's landslide of 1966. Wainwright then played a key role in the ... More

Keywords: Richard Wainwright, Liberal MP, voluntary work, poverty, Liberal Party, Yorkshire constituency, Liberal Democrats, SDP-Liberal Alliance, Jeremy Thorpe, Lib-Lab Pact

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780719082535
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719082535.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matt Cole, author