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TitleMeadowcroft; Michael James (1942-); politician
Extent102 boxes
Admin Biographical HistoryBorn 1942; educated King George V School in Southport and Bradford University; Chairman, Merseyside Regional Young Liberal Organisation, 1961; Liberal Party Local Government Officer, 1962-1967; Secretary, Yorkshire Liberal Federation, 1967-1970; Assistant Secretary, Joseph Rowntree Social Service Trust, 1970-1978; General Secretary, Bradford Metropolitan Council for Voluntary Service, 1978-1983; Senior Visiting Fellow, PSI, 1989; Director, Electoral Reform Consultancy Services, 1992-1994; Member, Leeds City Council, 1968-1983; West Yorkshire MCC, 1973-1976, 1981-1983; Director, Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House, 1971-1983; Chairman, Liberal Party Assembly Committee, 1977-1981; President Elect, 1987-1988, and President, 1993-, Liberal Party; Liberal candidate for Leeds West, February and October 1974, 1987, and 1992; Liberal MP for Leeds West, 1983-1987; Chairman, Electoral Reform Society, 1989-1993; has undertaken 33 missions to new and emerging democracies; including Malawi, 1994; Azerbaijan, 1994-1995; Russia, 1996; Bulgaria, 1996; Bosnia, 1996; Palestine, 1996; Cambodia, 1997-1998 and Bangladesh, 2001.
Publications: 'Liberalism and social democracy' (Liberal Publication Department, London, [1981]); 'Liberal values for a new decade' (Liberal Publication Department, London, [1980]); 'The bluffer's guide to politics: research and reference for councillors and community activists' (North West Community Newspapers Ltd, Manchester, 1976).
DescriptionPapers of Michael James Meadowcroft (1960-2000) mainly relating to his career in the Liberal Party, notably working papers for Liberal publications written by Meadowcroft (1976-1992) including Liberal values for a new decade (1980), Bluffers guide to politics (1976), Liberalism and the left (1982) and The case for the Liberal Party (1992); documents collected for an article on Liberal strategy, including the Lib-Lab Pact(1973-1978), material relating to elections for Leeds West (1974-1987) including candidates handbooks, campaign manuals, General Election papers, press cuttings and reports to electors; material relating to Liberal Assemblies (1971-1994) notably official papers, press cuttings and scrapbooks; material relating to the central Liberal Party (1981-1990) including papers of the Liberal Party Council (1980-1983), minutes of the Parliamentary Liberal Party (1983-1987) and working papers of the Standing Committee (1980-1983); papers concerning the SDP and the Liberal/SDP Alliance (1981-1988) including notes, press cuttings, manifestos, programme material , and SDP conference material; material concerning the SDP and Liberal Party merger (1987-1989) notably papers relating to negotiations, and press cuttings; papers relating to the inception of the Liberal Movement (1988-1989) mainly comprising working papers of the Steering Committee; material concerning European elections (1977-1984); Leeds City Council papers (1986-1987); material relating to Hammersmith Liberal Association (1987) and West Leeds Liberal Association (1977-2002); general Liberal Party literature (1984-1987) including strategy papers and booklets; material concerning the enquiry into Systime computer company (1985-1987) including case papers, parliamentary questions and correspondence with Paddy Ashdown; correspondence and papers relating to Cyril Smith (1975-1984); later political papers (1990-2000) mainly relating to Meadowcroft's role in the relaunched Liberal Party; material relating to the Electoral Reform Society (1990-2004) mainly correspondence, minutes and papers relating to international missions.
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