Liberal Party

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The Liberal Party was one of the main political parties in the United Kingdom. It arose in the 1840s as a coming together of Whigs, Radicals, and the Peelite section of the Conservative Party, but is sometimes considered to have been officially founded in 1859. The Liberal Party remained one of the two main parties until the early 20th century, when the rise of the Labour Party pushed it into the third place in British politics.

In the 1970s the Liberal Party promoted gay rights and was the first of the main political parties to support policies at Annual Conferences towards equality.

In 1988 it merged with the SDP to form the Liberal Democrats.

LGBT history

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There was at one time a Liberal Gay Action Group (president, Lord Beaumont of Whitley).

Notable former Liberal politicians include:

Steve Radford leads a very small party comprising former Liberal Party members who disagreed with the merger with the SDP.