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Public and Political: General: Conservative and Unionist Party., Jul 1943 - 31 Dec 1944

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/507

Scope and Contents

WSC's correspondence and papers as Party Leader, the file also contains letters and minutes by WSC's Private Office staff, including John Martin, Miss E M Watson, John Colville, and Leslie Rowan, and WSC's Parliamentary Private Secretary George Harvie Watt.Correspondents include Thomas Dugdale (later Lord Crathorne), Chairman of the Party, (7) on the Common Wealth movement, the possibility of Sir Walter Monckton standing as the General Election, Candidates Forms completed by all prospective Conservative Parliamentary candidates and his resignation as Chairman due to ill health; Ralph Assheton (later Lord Clitheroe) (2); letter from Sir Alfred Bossom to George Harvie Watt, Parliamentary Private Secretary to WSC, on the desirability of increasing electricity production in order to reduce the length of the working day for housewives; James Stuart (later Lord Stuart of Findhorn), Government Chief Whip (5), on party business, finances and election planning, including the appointment of Henry Brooke as an additional Vice-Chairman of the Party; Lord Beaverbrook, (6) on the need for the Conservative Party to recast its literature and put its propaganda department into shape, Party finances and the Chairmanship of the Party following the resignation of Thomas Dugdale, recommending the appointment of Ralph Assheton; Lord Marchwood, Conservative Party Treasurer, on the Liberal Party's appeal for funds to fight the General Election; Sir George Mitcheson, offering to take charge of election organisation.File also includes Minutes of meeting attended by WSC, Anthony Eden (later Lord Avon), Lord Beaverbrook, Brendan Bracken, Thomas Dugdale (later Lord Crathorne) and James Stuart, (later Lord Stuart of Fulham), on election strategy; Memorandum on the Common Wealth Movement, July 1943, with an analysis of Sir Richard Acland's book "How it can be Done"; proof of preliminary report of the Housing Sub-Committee of the Post-War Problems Committee; Report of Special Committee under Richard Proby, Chairman of the Party Executive on re-organisation of party finance; memorandum "Socialists and Armaments".


  • Creation: Jul 1943 - 31 Dec 1944

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1 file(s) (1 bound file, 164 folios)

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Former / Other Reference

Box 112/5/6


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