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Public and Political: General: correspondence concerning the by-elections at King's Norton Division [Birmingham], Hornsey [London], Dudley [Worcestershire], Wrekin [Shropshire], Scarborough and Whitby [Yorkshire], Lancaster, Harrow [West, Middlesex], Hampstead [London], Central Edinburgh [Scotland], and Keighley [Yorkshire]., May 1941 - Dec 1941

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/428A-B

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Correspondents include: John Peto, candidate for King's Norton (2); James Stuart [Government Chief Whip] (5); [David] Gammans, candidate for Hornsey; [Noel] Pemberton Billing, an independent candidate at several of the by-elections, justifying his stance against government candidates (5); Cyril Lloyd, candidate for Dudley; Sir Douglas Hacking, Chairman of the Conservative and Unionist Party (2); Sir Robert Topping, General Director of the Conservative and Unionist Central Office (5); Alexander Spearman, candidate for Scarborough, sending on a cutting on his opponent W R Hipwell; "E E B" [Sir Edward Bridges, Secretary to the Cabinet]; [2nd] Lord Peel, Chairman of Lancaster Conservative Association, and [Anthony] Eden [later 1st Lord Avon, Foreign Secretary] supporting Fitzroy Maclean's candidature; Fitzroy Maclean (2); [Charles] Harris [Private Secretary to the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury] (2); [James] Thomas [later 1st Lord Cilcennin]; Ernest Brown [Minister of Health], Parliamentary leader of the Liberal Nationals; Clement Attlee [Lord Privy Seal and leader of the Labour Party]; [Francis] Watt, candidate for Central Edinburgh. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from [Prime Minister's Private Secretaries, Edith] Watson, [Eric] Seal, [John] Peck, [John] Martin, [Anthony] Bevir, [Leslie] Rowan, and [Charles] Barker, [Brendan] Bracken and [George] Harvie-Watt [successive Parliamentary Private Secretary to WSC], and WSC's secretary [Kathleen] Hill; and from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to [Thomas] Dugdale [later 1st Lord Crathorne, Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party], Arthur Colgate, Norman Bower, and Charles Challen (candidates for Wrekin, Harrow, and Hampstead).Other subjects include: petrol shortages; securing Liberal and Labour support for Conservative candidates; including the Liberal Nationals in any joint appeals to the electorate from the Government parties.Also includes: note of telephone message from Percy Cudlipp [Editor] of the Daily Herald on King's Norton; drafts of messages to be sent in WSC's name to government candidates; various press cuttings; reports on Dudley and Scarborough elections; copy of WSC's statement of 13 May 1940 on the national government; drafts of joint appeal by WSC, Attlee, and [Sir] Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, leader of the Liberal Party]; election material from Pemberton Billing.


  • Creation: May 1941 - Dec 1941

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