David Lloyd George, was a immensely colourful, controversial and enigmatic character who dominated the political life of Britain in the opening decades of the twentieth century.Famously described by Churchill as 'the greatest Welshman that unconquerable race has produced since the age of the Tudors', Lloyd George's political legacy is considerable and includes the introduction of a 'welfare state' whilst as Chancellor of the Exchequer, and as an effective and successful Prime Minister during the Great War. He was also however, implicated in a number of personal scandals relating to his great duel loves; women and money.The Financial Affairs of David Lloyd George is the first serious and systematic study to examine, assess and analyse Lloyd George's attitude to money and finance and compellingly illustrates how he accumulated great wealth by fair and more questionable methods.The product of many year's forensic research, author and accountant Ian Ivatt tells the intriguing story of how the man, who started work at 15 as a trainee solicitor's clerk in Porthmadog, earning a mere 15 shillings (less than GBP40), died in 1945 leaving an estate valued at GBP139,855 (GBP6.5 million).
Ian Ivatt is a Sussex-based tax accountant by profession, who attained an Open University Research Degree in 2009.His articles on the Liberal Party have been published in the Journal of Liberal History and he has also written a number of local history books relating to Sussex.
1. 1863 - 1888: A Lawyer in the Making2. 1888 - 1904: The New Member of Parliament, Gold and Boers3. 1905 - 1916: The Marconi Share Scandal and the Premiership4. 1916 - 1922: New Sources of Income5. 1923 - 1930: The mysterious Lloyd George Fund6. 1931 - 1945: Finances in Retirement 7. 1888 - 1972: FrancesAppendix 1 - Comparative Money Values Appendix 2 - Lloyd George's Life Assurance ParticularsAppendix 3 - The Lloyd George Family Meeting in 1926 - SummaryAppendix 4 - Dame Margaret Lloyd George financial backgroundAppendix 5 - Lloyd George's 1943 Will and (1944) BeneficiariesAppendix 6 - Churt Estate (Jumps) Valuation Details of 1935 Including Map and Rented TenanciesAppendix 7 - Inland Revenue District Valuers' Letter of 13 July 1945 and List of Estate Properties and Certain Household Furnishing Values at Bron-y-De, July 1945Appendix 8 - Copy of Letter from Former Land Girl at the Churt Estate, Mrs. Gwynne Chuter.