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Public and Political: General: Political: Correspondence T-Z., Jan 1950 - Dec 1950

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 2/102A-B

Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: Patrick Buchan-Hepburn [later 1st Lord Hailes, Conservative Chief Whip] (3); James Thomas [later 1st Lord Cilcennin, Vice-Chairman of Conservative and Unionist Party] (6); various representatives of Conservative and Unionist Central Office including George Christ (14); 1st Lord Woolton [earlier Frederick Marquis, Chairman, Conservative and Unionist Central Office] (11); Sir [James] Clifford Tozer on Plymouth [Devon] Fair; Moss Turner-Samuels; Julius Holmes [Minister, United States Embassy, London] on John Kenney [Minister in charge of Economic Co-operation Administration Mission to the UK] and the devaluation of the pound; Oliver Lyttelton [later 1st Lord Chandos] (2); George Wadsworth; John Strachey [Secretary of State for War] on death sentences against soldiers in Egypt; Sir Charles MacAndrew; Sir Harold Webbe inviting WSC to a ball; Sir Herbert Williams (12) on subjects including secret ballots, small dwellings legislation, and the dissolution of Parliament; Sir Alfred Herbert on rearmament; 6th Lord Winterton [earlier Edward Turnour] on his political career (3); R A Butler; Lieutenant-Colonel Alfred Wise (4); United States Congressman Thomas Werdel; Sir William Tennant (2); Marjorie Maxse [Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party] (2) and 1st Lord Boyd Orr, Lord Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton, and Henry Usborne (joint letter) on "world government"; Sir Stewart Menzies, Wing-Commander Forest Yeo-Thomas, and John Pudney, on allegations concerning Otto Skorzeny and the reformation of the German army; Archbishop of York Cyril Garbett; Harry Mackeson, Deputy Chief Conservative Whip. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from: secretaries Elizabeth Gilliatt, Jo Sturdee ("N S") [later Lady Onslow], Chips Gemmell, Jane Portal [later Lady Williams of Elvel], and Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford]; William Deakin [WSC's literary assistant].Other subjects include: 1st Lord Tedder's position as governor of the BBC; an ammunition explosion at Portsmouth [Hampshire]; the 1950 election campaign, including Welsh matters, and issues such as rationing; the election result; the Tonypandy [Glamorgan, Wales] controversy; Conservative Party matters, including publications such as Tory Challenge and the Weekly Newsletter, Conservative trade unionists, the women's meeting and Young Conservatives; the Town and Country Planning Act; obtaining WSC's signature; the use of filtration during World War II; nationalisation; the trial of Baron Ernst von Weizsaecker; the extradition of a Captain Westerling from Singapore to Indonesia [earlier Dutch East Indies]; an alleged anti-Tory "whispering campaign"; recollections of the Boer War; issuing Bank of England notes; rationing in Europe, particularly Germany; civil service salaries; the women's territorial army; votes challenging public business; the death of Sir Arthur Young.Also includes: various press cuttings and copies of the Western Mail and South Wales News; Conservative Party material; Weizsaecker trial papers; Hansard extract (18 July); Primrose League badge; text of a speech by President of the Board of Trade Harold Wilson on trade with the Commonwealth; text of a broadcast and speech by Woolton; pamphlet by Walter Reuther; copy of WSC's speech (11 October, Copenhagen [Denmark]) on United Europe and the communist threat.


  • Creation: Jan 1950 - Dec 1950

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2 file(s) (400 loose folios)

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Folio 42: Copyright holder (Trinity Mirror for Western Mail) has withheld permission for online publication, available at Churchill Archives Centre.

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