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David Lloyd George

David Lloyd George (1863-1945) was a British Liberal politician and Prime Minister between 1916 and 1922. Although his legacy within the Liberal Party is largely destructive, Lloyd George is regarded as one of the key figures in the founding of the welfare state in Britain. In August 1914, on the eve of the outbreak of the First World War, Olive Schreiner wrote to Lloyd George, who was at that point Chancellor of the Exchequer, requesting a meeting; this was agreed to in a reply from Frances Stevenson Lloyd George’s secretary (and also lover). On 11 August 1914 Schreiner wrote to Will Schreiner, “I went to see Lloyd George this morning. I pointed out to him all war would mean for South Africa.” A few days later, writing to Will on the back of Stevenson’s reply, she commented, “I don’t know if any good will my come of my talk with Lloyd George. You were right in your view of him, he is a man of genius.” Schreiner was nonetheless deeply critical of Lloyd George’s handling of the war, and her letters to Fred Pethick-Lawrence indicate that she also rejected his dealings with the suffrage movement.

For further information see:
Roy Hattersley (2010) David Lloyd George: The Great Outsider London: Little, Brown
Kenneth O. Morgan (2004) ‘George, David Lloyd, first Earl Lloyd-George of Dwyfor (1863-1945)’ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Oxford University Press http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/34570  
Emyr Price (2006) David Lloyd George Cardiff: University of Wales Press
Martin Pugh (1988) Lloyd George London: Longman
A. J. P. Taylor (1961) Lloyd George: Rise and Fall Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
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