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Public and Political: General: By Elections., 01 Jan 1944 - 31 Dec 1944

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/509A-B

Scope and Contents

Correspondence and papers on Parliamentary By-Elections File includes: Correspondence and papers on the Brighton By-Election, Feb 1944, won by William Teeling (Conservative) with a majority of 1959, including notes of telephone messages from Lord Beaverbrook on the campaign, drafts of WSC's message of support for Teeling, cutting from The Times, on controversy caused by WSC's letter of support, letter from A V Alexander (later Lord Alexander of Hillsborough) on the definition of an independent candidate;.Correspondence and papers on the Bilston (Staffs) By-Election, Sep 1944, including draft of WSC's letter of support for the National Conservative candidate, Lt-Colonel William Gibbons, letter from Gibbons, thanking WSC for support, and minute by Lord Beaverbrook on the lessons of Bilston, recommending a change in the method of conducting by-election campaigns;.Correspondence and papers on the Skipton (Yorks) By-Election, Jan 1944, including drafts of WSC's message of support for the candidate, H Riddiough, reports by Conservative Central Office, defending the choice of candidate, and on the difficulties experienced by Conservative candidates, with covering letters by James Stuart (Chief Whip) and Thomas Dugdale, Party Chairman, and memos by Lord Beaverbrook (2) criticising the candidate, and the campaign, with list, compiled by Lord Beaverbrook of the record of 13 by-elections in Conservative constituencies since the formation of the Churchill government in 1940, commenting that in the first six the Conservative candidate lost, and in the remaining seven the result was almost as unsatisfactory: Correspondence and papers on the Bury St. Edmunds by-election, Feb 1944, including copy of letter from Sir Archibald Sinclair (later Lord Thurso), Leader of the Liberal Party, declining invitation to speak in support of the Conservative candidate, Major Edgar Keatinge, with cuttings from the News Chronicle and The Times on the campaign, draft of WSC's message of support for Keatinge, letter from Lord Erskine, reviewing the campaign, and criticising the choice of a serving soldier, who would not be able to carry out constituency duties, with notes by Lord Beaverbrook defending the decision to chose a serviceman, and Thomas Dugdale (later Lord Crathorne), Chairman of the Conservative Party.Correspondence and papers on the West Derbyshire By-Election, Feb 1944, drafts of WSC's letter of support for the Conservative candidate the Marquess of Hartington, with comments by James Stuart, Government Chief Whip (2_, resolution of the Leeds Liberal Federation, criticising WSC's letter of support, letter from Hartington, thanking WSC for letter of sympathy on defeat, letter from John Remer on the result, extract from "Hansard", on debate in the House of Commons raised by Tom Driberg (later Lord Bradwell), on War Office's decision to grant leave to Hartington to fight the campaign; extracts from German propaganda broadcasts on the Government defeat in West Derbyshire.Correspondence and papers on the Chelsea By-Election, June 1944, including letter from the Conservative candidate William Sidney (later 6th Lord De L'Isle and Dudley, and 1st Lord De L'Isle) who was elected unopposed, and note from Brendan Bracken, on meeting with Chelsea Conservative Association on the choice of candidate.Correspondence and papers on the Rushholme By-Election, July 1944, including draft of WSC's message of support for the Conservative candidate, Major Frederick Cundiff.Correspondence and papers on the Berwick-on-Tweed By-Election, Oct 1944, including letter from the Liberal candidate, William Beveridge, thanking WSC for letter of support, minute from Sir John Simon, Leader of the Liberal National Party, letter from the Independent candidate, William Clark.


  • Creation: 01 Jan 1944 - 31 Dec 1944

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2 file(s) (2 bound files, 239 folios)

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Existence and Location of Copies

Folio 187: Copyright holder (De L'Isle) has withheld permission for online publication. Available at Churchill Archives Centre.


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