Monday, 26 March 2012

David Lloyd-George

On this day in 1945, David Lloyd-George died. His importance in modern British political history is underlined by the fact that his statute is placed in the Members' Lobby of the House of Commons, at the entrance to the House itself - an honour shared only with the other great war leader, Winston Churchill.

It was his budget in 1908 which led to the battle with the House of Lords, resulting in the constitutional crisis that was finally resolved by the passage of the Parliament Act 1911.

Although he was a great Welsh man (and the only Welsh politician to become a British Prime Minister), he was actually born in England.
Details of the Lloyd-George museum can be found here.

There is a piece about him on the BBC website.   There are a number of excellent books about him. The two below are, interestingly enough, both by current Labour Peers.