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Public and Political: General: General Election - Various correspondence etc., 22 May 1945 - 27 Jul 1945

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 2/548A-B

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Correspondence and papers on the General Election campaign, 1945 including: Memorandum by WSC, on rules governing wearing of uniform by Parliamentary candidates, and the participation in political activities by members of the Armed Forces; letter from William Haley, Director-General, BBC, on election broadcasts, with note by Leslie Rowan; minute from Herbert Morrison, on meeting on Election; letter from Lord Croft on anti-Semitism, stating that he had never mentioned the word Jew on any platform "other than to express sympathy with them in their persecution"; correspondence with Lord Beaverbrook on election articles, advising him not to write in his own name in his own newspapers, with printed Cabinet Paper (CP (45) 27) on press articles by Ministers; correspondence with Lord Scarborough, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for India and Burma [later Myanmar], on reported remarks in speech on the Soviet Union, asking him to consult the Foreign Office before making any remarks about foreign policy; letter from Harold Balfour (later Lord Balfour of Inchrye) thanks for congratulation on speech comparing Cripps' and Mosley's common purpose, commenting that he got his material from Lord Beaverbrook's "black books"; draft of election broadcast by Anthony Eden (later Lord Avon), 27 June 1945; letter from Lord Cherwell, (formerly F A Lindemann) on Lord Beaverbrook's letters and speeches; drafts of broadcast by John Anderson, Chancellor of the Exchequer, with comments by Brendan Bracken; correspondence with Roy Harrod, (2) who was standing as a Liberal in Huddersfield, against a Liberal National opponent, William Mabane, particularly Harrod's attempt to endanger relations between Britain and the United States for electioneering purposes, with notes by John Peck and Lord Beaverbrook; letters from Sir Herbert Dunnico (2) on the election campaign; minute by Lord Beaverbrook, 15 Jul 1945, reporting Labour prediction of an overall Conservative majority of 36; letter from Ralph Assheton (Conservative Party Chairman), 10 July, predicting a Conservative majority of over 100; letter from Sir Sylvanus Vivian, Registrar General , on WSC's omission from the Electoral Register for 10 Downing Street; printed pamphlet - A P Herbert's election address to the Electors of Oxford University; letter from Lord De La Warr, offering to help in the election campaign; minute from Harold Macmillan, Secretary of State for Air, on Air Ministry plans for distributing election material to the Forces; letter from R A Butler, on the election campaign; letter from Sir Walter Layton, suggesting an increase in the size of newspapers during the election campaign, with notes by Sir Edward Bridges and Lord Beaverbrook.


  • Creation: 22 May 1945 - 27 Jul 1945

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