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Konigswinter is 'the annual get-together of the Anglo-German elite'[1]

Formation of the SDP-Liberal Alliance

David Steel writes:

Throughout my 12 years as leader (and well into Paddy Ashdown's time), he was the party leader's senior unpaid adviser and confidant. He regularly came into my office early, read and digested the main newspapers before I arrived and then departed for his employment. In April 1981, with me, Shirley Williams and Bill Rodgers, he drafted on a paper napkin at lunch during the German-British conference at Konigswinter the outlines of what became the Liberal-SDP Alliance and hence later the Liberal Democrats. Other organisations benefited from his leadership and intellectual qualities - the Hansard Society and the Royal African Society among them.[2]


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External Resources


  1. The NS Profile - The British-American project Duncan Parrish Published 17 May 1999 Right-wing conspiracy or right-on broker of the special relationship? New Statesman
  2. David Steel Obituary: Lord Holme of Cheltenham: Astute businessman and senior Liberal Democrat, he was a key adviser to David Steel and Paddy Ashdown The Guardian (London) - Final Edition May 6, 2008 Tuesday SECTION: GUARDIAN OBITUARIES PAGES; Pg. 30