Knowledge Identifier: &Liberal_Democrats
Founded in 1893.
Countries: United Kingdom (85%), (3%), UK (3%)
Linked to: Conservative Party, Labour Party, European Parliament, Liberal Party
Richard Dawkins - Dawkins has described himself as a Labour voter in the 1970s and voter for the Liberal Democrats since the party's creation
Nicholas Parsons - Parsons has long supported Liberal Democrats and was invited to stand as a Liberal candidate for Yeovil in the 1970's, but he turned down the opportunity to remain in the entertainment industry
Ian Wrigglesworth - After the merger of SDP and the Liberals, Wrigglesworth was elected the first President of the new Social and Liberal Democrats in 1988 and served a tumultuous two year term as President where he helped to guide the new party through a financial crisis, its disastrous showing in the 1989 European Parliamentary election and its change in name to the Liberal Democrats
Ian Wrigglesworth - In 1988 he became the first President of the Liberal Democrats and was Chairman of the Liberal Democrat Trustees until February 2012 when he became National Treasurer
David Penhaligon - Penhaligon's widow wrote his biography in 1989; his son Matthew is an active member of the Liberal Democrats who was the party's candidate for the Mayoralty of Hackney in May 2006
Ian Wrigglesworth - Wrigglesworth was knighted in 1991 and although he has been active in the business community in the North East since that time he has retained his involvement with the Liberal Democrats
In Europe, the party sits with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe political group, which favours further strengthening the EU. The group's leader for seven and a half years was the South West England MEP Graham Watson, who was the first Liberal Democrat to be elected to the European Parliament when he won the old Somerset and North Devon constituency in 1994
David Laws - He left in 1994, to take up the role of economic adviser to the Liberal Democrats, on a salary of £15,000 per year
Fiona Jones - After complaints by the Liberal Democrats, the police launched an investigation into her spending at the 1997 election campaign
Robin Cook - As Joint Chair of the Labour-Liberal Democrat Joint Consultative Committee on Constitutional Reform, Cook brokered the 'Cook-Maclennan Agreement' that laid the basis for the fundamental reshaping of the British constitution outlined in Labour's 1997 General Election manifesto
Louise Mensch - By 1997 she had returned to the Conservatives, helped her mother, Daphne, win a seat in East Sussex County Council from the Liberal Democrats. and campaigned in the 1997, 2001 and 2005 general elections
Terry Marsh (boxer) - However, when Labour announced they would have a female-only short-list for Basildon, he stood for the Liberal Democrats at the 1997 General Election, but was forced to withdraw from the contest, as he was charged with fraud and deception for allegedly having fraudulently claimed two student grants after going back to university at the end of his boxing career
Elections to the newly created National Assembly for Wales took place for the first time in 1999 and saw the Liberal Democrats take six seats in the inaugural Assembly, with Welsh Labour winning a plurality of seats in the assembly, but not enough to win an outright majority
Mary Creagh - In 2002 Creagh instigated an investigation into cronyism in the appointment the Islington Council Chief Executive by five Liberal Democrats councillors
David Alliance, Baron Alliance - Since his elevation to the peerage in 2004, he has given the Liberal Democrats £668,872 in donations, plus an additional £20,996,56 in notional interest on loans he has made to the party
David Davis (British politician) - At the 2005 General Election, he was targeted by the Liberal Democrats as part of their "decapitation plan", an attempt to undermine the Conservatives in Parliament by defeating their leading members
David Laws - In 2005, he was appointed the Liberal Democrats' Work and Pensions spokesman, a position in which he was critical of the government's handling of the Child Support Agency and flaws in the tax credits system
Michael Howard - In the 2005 General Election, the Conservatives gained 33 new seats in Westminster, including five from the Liberal Democrats, but this still only gave them 198 seats to Labour's 355
Mark Williams (politician) - In May 2005, 13 years after Geraint Howells had been defeated, the Liberal Democrats regained Ceredigion with Mark Williams as MP by a very narrow majority of 219 votes
Michael Meadowcroft eventually joined the Liberal Democrats in 2007 but some of his former followers continue still as the Liberal Party, most notably in a couple of electoral wards of the City of Liverpool
Chris Huhne - After Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, Nick Clegg, announced his intention during the 2007 party conference to stand for the leadership should Sir Menzies Campbell retire, Chris Huhne, when asked about his leadership ambitions said that there was "no vacancy, and it would be premature to even talk about the position of there being a vacancy"
Colin Firth - During to the 2010 General Election Firth announced his support for the Liberal Democrats, having previously been a Labour supporter, citing asylum and refugees' rights as a key reason for his change in affiliation
David Laws - Following the 2010 general election, Laws was one of the main negotiators for the Liberal Democrats, part of the team of four that negotiated a deal to go into a governing coalition with the Conservatives
William Wallace, Baron Wallace of Saltaire - Following the setting up of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition after the 2010 general election Wallace was appointed a Government Whip acting as government spokesperson in the House of Lords on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Education
Richard Dawkins - In the UK general election of 2010, Dawkins officially endorsed the Liberal Democrats, in support of their campaign for electoral reform and for their "refusal to pander to 'faith'
Jane Goldman - In the run-up to the 2010 general election, Goldman declared her support for the Liberal Democrats
Billy Bragg - On the eve of the 2010 general election, Bragg announced that he would be voting for the Liberal Democrats because "they've got the best manifesto"
Jeremy Hunt (politician) - When the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats formed a coalition following the 2010 general election, Hunt was appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport
C. T. C. Wall - Terry Wall continued on as treasurer of the newly formed Wirral West Liberal Democrats and, as of August 2010, was still their treasurer
Ken Livingstone - In September 2010, Livingstone criticised the public spending cuts announced by the recently elected Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government, which he stated amounted to £45 billion a year for London alone, and were "beyond Margaret Thatcher's wildest dreams" as well as threatening to result in widespread division and poverty across the capital
Colin Firth - In December 2010, Firth publicly dropped his support of the Liberal Democrats, citing their U-turn on tuition fees as one of the key reasons for his disillusionment
In 2011 party leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said "But we are not on the left and we are not on the right
Lucius Cary, 15th Viscount Falkland - In 2011 Falkland left the Liberal Democrats and now sits as a Crossbencher
Alexander Armstrong (comedian) - In an interview with "The Independent" in March 2012, he said that his family had traditionally voted for the Liberal Democrats
In 2014, the party lost ten seats, leaving them with one MEP.
Claiming the coalition agreement had been broken, Clegg stated that Liberal Democrat MPs would no longer support changes to the House of Commons boundaries for the 2015 general election