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Public and Political: General: correspondence concerning the by-elections at Glasgow Cathcart [Scotland], East Cardiff [Wales], Putney [London], Grantham [Lincolnshire], Rugby [Warwickshire], Wallasey [Cheshire], Chichester [Sussex], Llandaff and Barry [Glamorgan, Wales], Windsor [Berkshire], Salisbury [Wiltshire], Maldon [Essex], and South Poplar [London]., Feb 1942 - Oct 1942

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/452A-B

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Correspondents include: Clement Attlee [leader of the Labour Party] and Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso, leader of the Liberal Party] on sending separate letters of support for government candidates; "E E B" [Sir Edward Bridges, Secretary to the Cabinet] on canvassing in uniform; Francis Beattie, candidate for Cathcart; James Stuart [Government Chief Whip] (7); "B B" [Brendan Bracken] on a speech by Sir James Grigg, Secretary of State for War; Grigg, candidate for Cardiff; Sir John Jarvis offering Grigg his seat; [6th] Lord Brownlow [earlier Peregrine Cust] on Grantham; Sir Arthur Longmore, candidate for Grantham (5); Sir Robert Topping, General Director, and C David Stelling (7), of Conservative and Unionist Central Office, on draft messages for candidates; [Thomas] Dugdale [later 1st Lord Crathorne], Chairman of the Conservative and Unionist Party sending on a report on the situation at Rugby; [Sydney] Redman [Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for War] (2) on allegations against Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Claude Holbrook, candidate for Rugby, and sending on an unsigned letter from Grigg on John Morrrison [later 1st Lord Margadale]; [Lancelot] Joynson-Hicks [later 3rd Lord Brentford], candidate for Chichester; [Archibald] MacDonald withdrawing his candidature for Putney; Cyril Lakin, government candidate, and [Ronald] Mackay, socialist candidate, for Llandaff; [Charles] Harris [Private Secretary to the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury]; John Morrison, candidate for Salisbury; "Reggie", [15th] Lord Pembroke [earlier Lord Herbert] on Morrison; Desmond Morton [Personal Assistant to WSC] on Maldon; Reuben Hunt, candidate for Maldon. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from [George] Harvie-Watt [Parliamentary Private Secretary to WSC], [Prime Minister's Private Secretaries, Francis] Brown, "T L R" [Leslie Rowan], "A B" [Anthony Bevir], [John] Martin, [Edith] Watson, and [John] Peck, and WSC's secretary "K H" [Kathleen Hill]; and from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to [1st] Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Sir Max Aitken], Holbrook, Hugh Linstead and [Charles] Mott-Radclyffe (candidates for Putney and Windsor).Other subjects include: Beaverbrook journalists running as independents.Also includes: report by [Patrick] Blair [Political Secretary to Chairman of Unionist Party in Scotland] on Cathcart; flyers or election addresses for William Douglas-Home, Mackay, and W R Hipwell; details on Beattie; newspaper cuttings on Grantham and Colonel Holbrook; copies of Army Court of Enquiry papers on Holbrook by [Charles] MacLeod, Holbrook, and [Lancelot] Gibbs; drafts of messages to government candidates to be sent in WSC's name including (1) signed by WSC and Attlee; brief report on Putney by Topping; joint messages to electors by WSC, Ernest Brown [Parliamentary leader of the Liberal Nationals], Attlee, and Sinclair; results of the Maldon election.


  • Creation: Feb 1942 - Oct 1942

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