The Info List - Ulster Liberal Party

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The Ulster Liberal Party was a liberal political party in Northern Ireland, supporting a unionist position and linked to the British Liberal Party. The party succeeded the Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Liberal Association, which was active before the First World War
First World War
and was relaunched in May 1928.[1] It nominated candidates in the 1929 UK general election,[2] including future Seanad Éireann
Seanad Éireann
member Denis Ireland and Unbought Tenants' Association MP George Henderson, before the party became inactive. The party was re-founded by Albert McElroy in 1956, as the Ulster Liberal Association.[3] From 1961 to 1969, the party had one seat in the House of Commons of Northern Ireland, when Sheelagh Murnaghan held one of the four seats allocated to Queen's University, Belfast.[3] In 1967, it was represented on the committee of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association. After 1970, it suffered the loss of many of its members to the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland.[3] Its last political contest was the 1985 local government election,[4] after which its last remnants joined the Labour '87
Labour '87
group.[citation needed] The Liberal Democrats, successor to the British Liberal Party, later formed links with the Alliance Party. There is also a small local party of the Liberal Democrats in Northern Ireland. Electoral performance[edit] Northern Irish Parliament & Assembly Elections[edit]

Year No. of votes Share of votes Seats

1958 759 0.3%

0 / 52

1962 11,005 3.6%

1 / 52

1965 12,618 3.9%

1 / 52

1969 7,337 1.3

0 / 52

1973 811 0.1

0 / 78

1982 65 0.0

0 / 78


^ "Ulster Liberals", Manchester Guardian, 1 March 1928, p.8 ^ "Ulster's General Election", Manchester Guardian, 15 April 1929, p.14 ^ a b c Fionnuala O'Connor, "Pride of the Ulster Liberals", The Guardian, 16 September 1993 ^ Abstracts on Organisations – 'U', CAIN Web Service

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Liberal Party (UK)



Leaders in the House of Commons (1859–1916)

Palmerston (1859–65) Gladstone (1865–75) Hartington (1875–80) Gladstone (1880–94) Rosebery (1894–96) Harcourt (1896–98) Campbell-Bannerman (1899–1908) Asquith (1908–16)

Leaders in the House of Lords (1859–1916)

Granville (1859–65) Russell (1865–68) Granville (1868–91) Kimberley (1891–94) Rosebery (1894–96) Kimberley (1896–1902) Spencer (1902–05) Ripon (1905–08) Crewe (1908–23)

Overall Leaders (1916–88)

Asquith (1916–26) Maclean (interim) (1918–20) Lloyd George (1926–31) Samuel (1931–35) Sinclair (1935–45) Davies (1945–56) Grimond (1956–67) Thorpe (1967–76) Grimond (1976) Steel (1976–88)

Deputy Leaders

Samuel (1929–31) Sinclair (1931–35) Harris (1940–45) vacant (1945–49) M Lloyd George (1949–51) vacant (1951–62) Wade (1962–64) vacant (1964–76) Pardoe (1976-79) vacant (1979-85) Beith (1985–88)

Leaders in the Lords (1916–88)

Crewe (1908–23) Grey (1923–24) Beauchamp (1924–31) Reading (1931–36) Crewe (1936–44) Samuel (1944–55) Rea (1955–67) Byers (1967–84) Seear (1984–88)


Chamberlain (1877–80) Collings (1880–81) Fell Pease (1881–82) Kitson (1883–90) Foster (1886–90) Spence Watson (1890–1902) Birrell (1902–06) Dyke Acland (1906–07) Angus (1908–11) J Brunner (1911–18) Lunn (1918–20) Robertson (1920–23) Maclean (1923–26) Spender (1926–27) Hobhouse (1927–30) Brampton (1930–33) Meston (1936–43) Bonham Carter (1945–47) Foot (1947–48) Dodds (1948–49) McFadyean (1949–50) Fothergill (1950–52) Walker (1952–53) L Robson (1953–54) White (1954–55) Rea (1955–56) Behrens (1956–57) Micklem (1957–58) Comyns Carr (1958–59) Glanville (1959–60) Murray (1960–61) Malindine (1961–62) F Brunner (1962–63) Rees-Williams (1963–64) Fulford (1964–65) Seear (1965–66) Henley and Northington (1966–67) Wade (1967–68) Beaumont (1968–69) S Robson (1969–70) Terrell (1971–72) Jones (1972–73) Lloyd (1973–74) Holt (1974–75) Wingfield (1975–76) Goldstone (1976–77) Evans (1977–78) Steed (1978–79) Holme (1979–80) Bingham (1980–82) Griffiths (1982–83) Tordoff (1983–84) Watson (1984–85) Penhaligon (1985–86) Wilson (1986–87) Slade (1987–88)

Leadership elections

1967 (Thorpe) 1976 (Steel)


Single party Liberal governments

First Gladstone ministry
First Gladstone ministry
(1868–74) Second Gladstone ministry
Second Gladstone ministry
(1880–85) Third Gladstone ministry
Third Gladstone ministry
(1886) Fourth Gladstone ministry
Fourth Gladstone ministry
(1892–94) Rosebery ministry
Rosebery ministry
(1894–95) Campbell-Bannerman ministry
Campbell-Bannerman ministry
(1905–08) First Asquith ministry
First Asquith ministry

Liberal-led coalitions

Asquith coalition ministry
Asquith coalition ministry
(1915–16) Lloyd George ministry
Lloyd George ministry

Coalitions with Liberal ministers

National Government (1931) Churchill war ministry
Churchill war ministry



Members of Parliament Members of the House of Lords Chief Whip


Liberal Party Frontbench Team, 1945–56 Liberal Party Frontbench Team, 1956–67 Liberal Party Frontbench Team, 1967–76 Liberal Party Frontbench Team, 1976–88

State parties

National Liberal Federation Liberal Party Organisation Scottish Liberal Party


Liberal Assembly


National League of Young Liberals Union of Liberal Students Women's Liberal Federation

Related organisations

Brooks's Cambridge University Liberal Club (Presidents/Chairs) National Liberal Club Oxford University Liberal Club (Presidents) Reform Club Social Democratic Party (1981-1988) SDP–Liberal Alliance
SDP–Liberal Alliance
(1981–88) Ulster Liberal Party (1956–1987) Liberal Democrats (1988-present)

History and related topics

Coalition Government:

Coalition Coupon in Government Independent Liberal Party (UK, 1918) in Opposition

National Government:

Independent Liberals (UK, 1931)
Independent Liberals (UK, 1931)
in Opposition

General election manifestos Glee Club The Land Lib–Lab pact Liberator One more heave Peelites Radical Action Radical Reform Group Whig Party

Breakaway parties

Liberal Unionist Party
Liberal Unionist Party
(Spencer Cavendish) National Liberal Party (UK, 1922) (David Lloyd George) National Liberal Party (UK, 1931)
National Liberal Party (UK, 1931)
("Simonites") Liberal Party (UK, 1989)
Liberal Party (UK, 1989)
(Michael Meadowcroft)

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Defunct political parties of Northern Ireland

Unionist / Loyalist

Commonwealth Labour Party Independent Unionist Association Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Unionist Party Protestant Unionist Party UK Unionist Party Ulster Constitution Party Ulster Democratic Party Ulster Popular Unionist Party Ulster Progressive Unionist Association Ulster Unionist Coalition Party Ulster Unionist Labour Association Unionist Party of Northern Ireland United Ulster Unionist Council United Ulster Unionist Party United Unionist Coalition Vanguard Unionist Progressive Party Volunteer Political Party

Nationalist / Republican

All Ireland Anti-Partition League Federation of Labour Fianna Uladh Irish Anti-Partition League Irish Independence Party Irish Union Association National Democratic Party Nationalist Party National League of the North National Unity Northern Council for Unity Official Sinn Féin People's Democracy Red Republican Party Republican Socialist Collective Saor Éire Socialist Republican Party Unity


Belfast Labour Party Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist) Communist Party of Northern Ireland Democratic Left Independent Labour Group Independent Socialist Party Labour coalition Labour Party of Northern Ireland Labour and Trade Union Group League for a Workers' Republic Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Labour Party Republican Labour Party Socialist Labour Alliance Socialist Party of Northern Ireland United Labour Party Workers League World Socialist Party

Ulster nationalist

British Ulster Dominion Party Ulster Independence Movement Ulster Independence Party Ulster Movement for Self-Determination Ulster Third Way


Democratic Partnership Newtownabbey Ratepayers' Association Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Women's Coalition Ulster Liberal Party Unbought Tenants' Association

1 Excluding those left-wing parties avowedly nationalist / republican or unionist / loyalist.

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Alliance Party of Northern Ireland



Oliver Napier & Bob Cooper (1970–1972) Phelim O'Neill (1972, acting) Oliver Napier (1973–1984) John Cushnahan (1984–1987) John Alderdice (1987–1998) Séan Neeson (1998–2001) David Ford (2001–2016) Naomi Long
Naomi Long

Deputy Leaders

Bob Cooper (1974–1976) Basil Glass (1976–1980) David Cook (1980–1984) Addie Morrow (1984–1987) Gordon Mawhinney (1987–1991) Seamus Close (1991–2001) Eileen Bell (2001–2006) Naomi Long
Naomi Long
(2006–2016) Stephen Farry
Stephen Farry

General Secretaries

Grace Wilson (1970–1972) Bob Cooper (1972–1974) John Cushnahan (1974–1982) Eileen Bell (1986–1990) David Ford (1990–1998) Richard Good (1998–2000) Stephen Farry
Stephen Farry
(2000–2007) Stephen Douglas (2010–2011) Sharon Lowry (2011-present)

Elected representatives

Members of the Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland

Naomi Long Stewart Dickson Stephen Farry David Ford Paula Bradshaw Trevor Lunn Chris Lyttle Kellie Armstrong


History and related organisations

New Ulster Movement Ulster Liberal Party Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Peace Process Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Liberal Democrats Alliance Youth

Other topics

Election results



Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Group


Liberal International

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