The Cambridge University Liberal Association (CULA) was founded in 1886, making it the oldest university society associated with a political party in the country. Originally known as the Cambridge University Liberal Club, our name has changed through the years as the Liberal Party merged with the SDP to form the Liberal Democrats. Until Easter term 2017, we were known as the Cambridge Student Liberal Democrats, and we’re still in the process of rebranding, so don’t be confused if you see any references to ‘CSLD’ – it’s the same society!
As a campaigning organisation, we maintain strong links with the Liberal Democrats. We hold regular campaigning sessions, especially when there’s an election on (whether local or general). Cambridge is a liberal city and had a Lib Dem MP as recently as 2015, making it an ideal place to experience your first canvassing session.
It’s not all leafletting however, and membership of the Liberal Democrats is not a requirement for membership of CULA. We regularly host prominent speakers (in the last year Nick Clegg, Tim Farron, Tom Brake, Lynne Featherstone, Norman Lamb, and Alistair Carmichael have all addressed the society) and hold frequent social events. Keep an eye out for details of our plans over the coming terms: from ‘Spirited Discussions’ to pub quizzes to formal halls, there promises to be something for everyone – plus the chance to mix with other political parties, and even our sister society from Oxford!
Membership is only £5 for life, and more than pays for itself with the discounted entrance it provides to certain society events. Simply come along to any of our events, and pay any of our committee members. Better yet, meet us at the CUSU Freshers’ Fair and sign up to our mailing list at the same time.
We look forward to seeing you!