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Political: Constituency: Oldham [Lancashire], 1900 - 1905

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 3

Scope and Contents

This class of papers covers WSC's time as Conservative MP for Oldham (1900 - 1906). The papers contain correspondence with local Conservative Association officers discussing constituency affairs. There are also large numbers of letters from constituents and local institutions asking WSC for his support and patronage.Oldham was WSC's first parliamentary seat and the papers include letters of congratulation from many of the prominent figures of the day (see CHAR 3/1). The single issue that dominated this phase of WSC's career was his breach with the local and national Conservative party over his support for Free Trade. Other national topics which are represented in these papers include education, the Licensing Bill and Trade Union law.WSC ceased to be the official Conservative party candidate in Jan 1904 following a vote of no confidence by the local association. He remained as MP for Oldham until Jan 1906 when he successfully contested Manchester North West for the Liberal Party.


  • Creation: 1900 - 1905

Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

The Churchill Papers are made available to researchers using Churchill Archives Centre and worldwide in digital format. The digital edition of the Churchill Papers is published by Bloomsbury Academic and is available online to subscribing institutions at The Churchill archive is freely available in our reading rooms and onsite at Churchill College (via the Churchill College wireless network). Researchers can download images of documents directly from and so are encouraged to consider bringing a laptop or other device for this purpose. For conservation reasons, the fragile originals are no longer issued to researchers.

This digital edition is open to researchers unless otherwise marked in the catalogue. Some material has been closed by the Cabinet Office or by Churchill Archives Centre in accordance with data protection legislation.

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Related Materials

Churchill Archives Centre also a collection of "Other Deposited Collections Relating to Sir Winston Churchill" which includes correspondence between WSC and Samuel Smethurst, Vice-Chairman of Oldham Conservative Association. See catalogue description for further details.


Repository Details

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