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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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(p.210) Conclusion
Richard Wainwright, the Liberals and Liberal Democrats

Matt Cole

Manchester University Press

This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the political career of Richard Wainwright and the history of the Liberal Party. The result confirms that British Liberalism had recovered during Wainwright's life from a divided and apparently doomed remnant of an historical phenomenon to a dynamic and significant force in British politics. This chapter also discusses Wainwright's political activity after his retirement in 1987. During this time he maintained a fiery opposition to the then still largely hereditary composition of the Lords and he also invested time in organisations around but not part of the Liberal Democrats, including Charter 88, the Electoral Reform Society, and the Wider Share Ownership Council (WSOC).

Keywords:   Richard Wainwright, political career, Liberal Party, British Liberalism, British politics, political activity, House of Lords, Charter 88, Electoral Reform Society, WSOC

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