Glee Club (UK politics)
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The Glee Club is a traditional event in the UK's Liberal Democrat Federal Conference and the Liberal Assembly, consisting of attendees singing around a piano. It is one of the most popular fringe events in British politics and was a formative event in the lives of many British political leaders, allegedly the former leader of the Labour Party, Michael Foot, amongst them. Foot described its opening song, *The Land, as the best political song he had come across, imbued with the democratic spirit, and designed to put fear in the hearts of the landlords.
Although the Glee Club has informally existed for many years, in 1967 the first songbook (entitled After the Count was Over) was published by the National League of Young Liberals. Songbooks have been produced since the 1975 by Liberator, and in 2009 the 20th edition of the Liberator Songbook was published – the 27th songbook in its publishing history.
- The Liberator Song Book, 2009, Liberator, p.49.
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