Dr. Roy Douglas

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Roy Ian Douglas, BSc (London, 1946, Zoology), PhD (Edinburgh), AKC, (born December 1924) is a former British author, academic and political activist.

Douglas was educateDouglas was educated at Rutlish School in Morden, and joined the Liberal Party when he was sixteen. He studied at King's College London, and while there served as chair of its Liberal Association. He later served as president, and then as chair, of the National League of Young Liberals, and completed a doctorate at the University of Edinburgh. He became a barrister in 1956 with Gray's Inn.

Douglas stood for the Liberal Party at numerous Parliamentary elections: in Merton and Morden in 1950, Bethnal Green in 1951 and 1955, and Gainsborough in 1959 and 1964. By this time, he was serving on the council of the Liberal Party. In the run-up to the 1975 United Kingdom European Communities membership referendum, Douglas chaired the Liberal "No to the Common Market" Campaign.

Douglas later became a lecturer in biology at the University of Surrey, and in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (1967). He has written numerous books, including Surrey: The Rise of a Modern University and The History of the Liberal Party 1895-1970.
In 2012 (1) and 2013, he served on the editorial board of The Journal of Liberal History.

He married in 1955 and has three sons and a daughter. His wife was at the time honorary secretary of the National League of Young Liberals. He was Chairman at about this time.

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1.  In 2012, Dr Roy Douglas was Emeritus Reader at the University of Surrey, a former Liberal parliamentary candidate, and the author of fifteen books, including The History of the Liberal Party 1895–1970 (1971) and Liberals: The History of the Liberal and Liberal Democrat Parties (2005).

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  • Land and Liberty, Volume No:68

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