The Liberal Democrat journey to a Lib-Con coalition: and where next

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Richard S Grayson
Date of publication
5 July 2010
Social Policy
Social welfare
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This pamphlet looks at the history of the Liberal Democrats and discusses what this means both for the Lib-Dems and for wider progressive left politics. The formation of a Liberal Democrat-Conservative coalition government after the 2010 general election was an unexpected development in politics. The author argues that if we are to understand the coalition (and the budget) the ideology underpinning both needs to be understood.  To do so, he examines liberal traditions and the development of party policy over the past 20 years. He goes on to explore some reasons why most social liberals in the Liberal Democrats are backing the coalition and what this may mean for the future of social liberalism.

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