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Public and Political: General: correspondence concerning the by-elections at North Portsmouth [Hampshire], North Midlothian [Scotland], Bristol, West Belfast [Ulster, Ireland], Ashford (Kent), Antrim [Ulster], Watford [Hertfordshire], King's Lynn [Norfolk], Eddisbury [Cheshire], Daventry [Northamptonshire], Aston [Warwickshire], the Hartlepools [Durham], Newark [Nottinghamshire], Chippenham (Wiltshire), Peterborough (Northamptonshire), West Woolwich [London], Acton [Middlesex], and Darwen [Lancashire]., Jan 1943 - Dec 1943

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/482

Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: [Patrick] Blair, Political Secretary [to Chairman of Unionist Party in Scotland] (2) and Arthur Young, Scottish Unionist Whip, on North Midlothian; C David Stelling of Conservative and Unionist Central Office on draft messages to candidates (14); Sir [Edward] Bridges [Secretary to the Cabinet] and James Stuart [Government Chief Whip] on supporters of Sir Stafford Cripps aiding Jennie Lee [Janet Bevan] at Bristol; Knox Cunningham on being elected for West Belfast; Edward Smith on the Ashford contest (2); [Charles] Harris [Private Secretary to the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury] sending on a letter from "Alec" [Nevil] Beechman, Liberal National Whip, on the Liberal National position at Eddisbury; [Reginald] Manningham-Buller [later 1st Lord Dilhorne], candidate for Daventry, [Thomas] Greenwell (Hartlepools), David Eccles (Chippenham) (2), Lord Suirdale [later 7th Lord Donoughmore] (Peterborough), Francis Beech (Woolwich), Henry Longhurst (Acton), and Stanley Prescott (Darwen) thanking WSC for his support; [Thomas] Dugdale [later 1st Lord Crathorne], Chairman of the Conservative and Unionist Party, (2) on a draft message for Daventry and information on Suirdale. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from secretary E H Appleyard, [Prime Minister's Private Secretaries, John] Martin, [Anthony] Bevir, Leslie Rowan, [Edith] Watson, "F D W B" [Francis Brown], "C B" [Charles Barker], and John Peck, [George] Harvie-Watt [Parliamentary Private Secretary to WSC], and CSC; and from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to Sir William James, Sir David King Murray [Lord Birnam], [Violet] Lady Apsley [earlier Violet Bathurst], [John] Dermot Campbell, William Helmore, [4th] Lord Fermoy [earlier Edmund Roche], and [Redvers] Prior (candidates for Portsmouth, Midlothian, Bristol, Antrim, Watford, King's Lynn, and Newark).Also includes: drafts and copies of all-party messages to electors and messages to be sent in WSC's name to government candidates; details about Manningham-Buller; cuttings from Samuel Davis, Independent candidate for Acton.


  • Creation: Jan 1943 - Dec 1943

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