List of Liberal Party and Liberal Democrats (UK) general election manifestos

This is a list of the British Liberal Party, SDP–Liberal Alliance, and Liberal Democrats general election manifestos since the 1900 general election.

From 1900 to 1918, the Liberal general election manifesto was usually published as a form of a short personal address by the leader of the Party. From 1922 the party usually published a more formal document.

From the 1900 election to the 1979 election the party went to the polls as the Liberal Party. In 1983 and 1987, the party went to the polls under the banner of the "Alliance", as a result of the pact between the Liberals and the Social Democratic Party, which formed in 1981. Since 1992 it has polled as the Liberal Democrats, due to the merger of the Liberals and the SDP in 1988.

From 2010 to 2015, the Liberal Democrats, having signed an agreement with the Conservatives, served as junior partner in the first coalition government since the Second World War.

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Election Leader Election winner Manifesto title Link to text
2017Tim FarronHung (Conservative)Change Britain's Future
2015Nick CleggConservativeStronger Economy. Fairer Society. Opportunity for Everyone.
2010Nick CleggHung (Conservative-led coalition)Change that Works for You
2005Charles KennedyLabourThe Real Alternative
2001Charles KennedyLabourFreedom, Justice, Honesty
1997Paddy AshdownLabourMake the Difference
1992Paddy AshdownConservativeChanging Britain for good
1987David SteelConservativeBritain United – The Time Has Come
David Owen
1983David SteelConservativeWorking Together for Britain
Roy Jenkins
1979David SteelConservativeThe Real Fight is for Britain
October 1974Jeremy ThorpeLabourWhy Britain Needs Liberal Government
February 1974Jeremy ThorpeHung (Labour)Change the face of Britain
1970Jeremy ThorpeConservativeWhat a Life!
1966Jo GrimondLabourFor All the People: the Liberal Plan of 1966
1964Jo GrimondLabourThink for Yourself
1959Jo GrimondConservativePeople Count
1955Clement DaviesConservativeCrisis Unresolved
1951Clement DaviesConservativeThe Nation's Task
1950Clement DaviesLabourNo Easy Way: Britain's Problems and the Liberal Answers
1945Archibald SinclairLabour20 Point Manifesto of the Liberal Party
1935Herbert SamuelNational Government1935 Liberal Party General Election Manifesto
1931Herbert SamuelNational GovernmentLiberal address to the Nation
1929David Lloyd GeorgeHung (Labour)David Lloyd George's election address
1924H. H. AsquithConservativeThe Liberal Manifesto
1923H. H. AsquithHung (Labour)A call to the nation
1922H. H. AsquithConservativeManifesto to the Nation
1918H. H. AsquithHung (Conservative-dominated coalition)Herbert Asquith's election address
December 1910H. H. AsquithHung (Liberal with Irish Nationalist support)Herbert Asquith's election address
January 1910H. H. AsquithHung (Liberal with Irish Nationalist support)Herbert Asquith's election address
1906Henry Campbell-BannermanLiberalHenry Campbell-Bannerman's election addressArchived 2002-07-22 at the Wayback Machine.
1900Henry Campbell-BannermanConservativeManifesto of the National Liberal Federation

See also

Further reading

  • Iain Dale, Liberal Party general election manifestos, 1900–1997, Routledge, 2000, ISBN 0-415-20591-3


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