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Public and Political: General: Political; Correspondence S., Jan 1950 - Dec 1950

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 2/101A-B

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Correspondents include: Walter Matthews, Dean of St Paul's, on a pre-election service; "Bobbety", 5th Lord Salisbury [earlier Robert Gascoyne Cecil and Lord Cranborne] on Conservative policy towards the Soviet Union; Sir Arthur Salter; Duncan Sandys; Patrick Buchan-Hepburn [later 1st Lord Hailes, Conservative Chief Whip] (2); Prime Minister Clement Attlee; Harold MacMillan [later 1st Lord Stockton] (3); Oliver Lyttelton [later 1st Lord Chandos]; 1st Lord Swinton [earlier Philip Lloyd Greame and Philip Cunliffe Lister] (6); Robert Boothby; Stephen Pierssene [General Director, Conservative and Unionist Central Office] on proportional representation; Field Marshal Jan Smuts (2); William Shepherd (2); Sydney Silverman on a disagreement with WSC over James MacManaway; Rennie Smith appealing for a national government (2); Sir Waldron Smithers (9) on subjects including Christianity and communism, Burma [later Myanmar], the BBC, and Egyptian Senator Galal Bey Hussein; John Smyth on WSC's defence debate speech (27 July); George Christ of Conservative and Unionist Central Office; Henry Spalding (8), Sir Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan [Indian Ambassador to the Soviet Union] (2), and Sir Frank Brown, Honorary Secretary of the East India Association, on Radhakrishnan and Marshal Stalin and the possibility of peace talks; Douglas Clifton Brown [later 1st Lord Ruffside, Speaker of the House of Commons] on a dinner for Princess Elizabeth [later Queen Elizabeth II]; Henry Spence; Colonel Oliver Stanley on his health; David Stelling (4); William Steward; Sir Arnold Gridley [Chairman 1922 Committee]; Denis Rickett [Principal Private Secretary to Attlee]; Patrick Kinna (Foreign Office); Henry Legge-Bourke; Michael Wilford [Assistant Private Secretary to Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin] on a letter from HRH Crown Princess of Sweden. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from: secretaries Jo Sturdee ("N S") [later Lady Onslow], Elizabeth Gilliatt, Chips Gemmell, Jane Portal [later Lady Williams of Elvel], and Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford]; CSC; and from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to Sir Stewart Menzies and Christopher Soames.Other subjects include: the 1950 election campaign, including issues such as taxation; Conservative Party matters, including assigning House of Commons committee members; SS General Walter Schellenberg; British attitudes to the Schuman Plan; Wilfrid Sendall of the Daily Telegraph's reporting of parliamentary affairs; the Seretse Khama affair (a dispute over the chieftainship of the Bamangwato tribe, Bechuanaland Protectorate [later Botswana]); Slovakian affairs; obtaining WSC's signature; the treatment of the Sudeten Germans [Czechoslovakia, later Czech Republic and Slovakia]; MI5 screening.Also includes: order for pre-election service; material on European integration and the international framework for the Ruhr, Germany, including pamphlets by the Labour Party, the British Iron and Steel Federation, and the United Europe Movement, and an extract from a letter from Sir Andrew Duncan; various press cuttings and a copy of the Telegraph; copy of agreement on economic co-operation with the United States; PR material; material on the Seretse Khama case; House of Commons motions; anti-Labour poem; Slovak Liberation Committee certificate; pamphlets on Christianity; Conservative Weekly Newsletter; extract from a speech by John Strachey [Secretary of State for War]; supplementary estimates 1949-50.


  • Creation: Jan 1950 - Dec 1950

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