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Public and Political: General: Political: correspondence with Clement Attlee, Prime Minister [from July 1945] (includes copies of wartime documents)., Dec 1943 - Jul 1951

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 2/4

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Other correspondents include: Leslie Rowan [Principal Private Secretary to Attlee] (2); James Stuart [Chief Opposition Whip] (2); Sir William Haley [Director-General of the BBC] asking WSC to give a talk on the new programme; Ralph Assheton [later 1st Lord Clitheroe, Chairman of the Conservative Party]; 5th Lord Listowel [earlier William Hare, Postmaster-General]; Francis Graham-Harrison (2), Laurence Pumphrey, and Peter Oates [Private Secretaries to Attlee]. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from: (WSC's) Private Secretaries John Colville and Rowan; secretaries Elizabeth Gilliatt, Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford], Jo Sturdee ("N S") [later Lady Onslow], and Grace Hamblin; and from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon].Subjects covered by the file include: accommodating WSC in the House of Commons; United States naval operations in the Sea of Marmara, Turkey; the post-war US loan; matters concerning India, Egypt, and Palestine; WSC publishing state papers; the Roosevelt Memorial; demobilisation; the level of communication between government and opposition; tension with the Soviet Union; the atomic bomb; tensions in the wartime Cabinet concerning WSC's handling of domestic affairs; political broadcasting; the Government Hospitality Fund; the publication of a letter by WSC in a confidential Foreign Office volume and the Yalta [Soviet Union], Potsdam (Berlin) [Germany], and Teheran [Iran, earlier Persia] conference papers; Attlee's 25th wedding anniversary; criticism of WSC's tenure as Chancellor of the Exchequer; the return of the King [George VI] and Queen from South Africa; WSC attending a lunch for a Norwegian Parliamentary delegation; 1950 and 1951 defence matters; honours and awards of the Garter, Thistle and Patrick.Also includes: copy of Attlee's proposed House of Commons reply and Cabinet memorandum CP (46) 188 on the publication of state papers; notes of proposals for discussion with the BBC and of a meeting between government and opposition on broadcasting; Protocols of proceedings of the Berlin and Crimea (Yalta) conferences; copy of military conclusions of the Teheran conference; cuttings; dinner invitation from Attlee for an Italian parliamentary delegation.


  • Creation: Dec 1943 - Jul 1951

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1 file(s) (186 loose folios)

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