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Public and Political: General: Political: Correspondence D-G., Nov 1950 - Nov 1951

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 2/114A-B

Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: various representatives of Conservative and Unionist Central Office including George Christ and Press Officer Gillian Mackay (8); James Thomas [later 1st Lord Cilcennin, Vice-Chairman of Conservative and Unionist Party] (5); Somerset de Chair on subjects including his career, Abadan [Iran, earlier Persia], and the atomic bomb (2); Patrick Donner (3); William Douglas-Home on his political career (2); James Stuart on Douglas-Home; Michael Astor; David Eccles (2); 1st Lord Woolton [earlier Frederick Marquis, Chairman, Conservative and Unionist Central Office] (4); Maurice Edelman on "functional co-operation" between the East and West; Walter Matthews [Dean of St Paul's] on a pre-election service; Prime Minister Clement Attlee (3); Charles Emmott on Anglo-American relations and India (2); Patrick Buchan-Hepburn [later 1st Lord Hailes, Conservative Chief Whip] (3); Douglas Clifton Brown [later 1st Lord Ruffside, Speaker of the House of Commons] (2); Reginald Manningham-Buller [later 1st Lord Dilhorne]; George Currie on compensation for British POWs of the Japanese (2); 2nd Lord Craigavon [earlier Sir James Craig], Chairman of the Fighting Fund for Freedom; representatives of the Conservative and Unionist Films Association, including Chairman Leonard Ropner, on films about WSC and other film matters (10); Sir Alexander Korda; Walter Fletcher on exports to China; United States Congressman Leland Ford on the British government's attitude to communism; Hugh Fraser [later 1st Lord Fraser of Allander, Chairman and Managing Director], House of Fraser, donating money to the Conservative election campaign; Sir Ian Fraser; David Gammans (3); Sir Anthony Nutting, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations; Pieter Gerbrandy [former Prime Minister of the Netherlands] on a book on Indonesia [earlier the Dutch East Indies]; Geoffrey Hutchinson [later Lord Ilford], Kay Kentish, secretary to Sir David Maxwell Fyfe [later 1st Lord Kilmuir] (4), and Fyfe (2) on compensation for owner-occupiers of houses cleared as slums; John Barter. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from secretaries Elizabeth Gilliatt, Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford], Jane Portal [later Lady Williams of Elvel], Jo Sturdee ("N S") [later Lady Onslow], Chips Gemmell, and Vanda Salmon; and from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to 1st Lord Beaverbrook [earlier Sir Max Aitken], [Frances] Joan, Lady Davidson, Clement Davies [Leader of the Liberal Party], Roy Harrod, and Dwight Eisenhower.Other subjects include: matters concerning the 1951 election campaign, including issues such as defence; Conservative Party matters, including the selection of candidates, co-operation with the Liberals and the appointment of Sylvia, Lady Maxwell Fyfe, as Vice-Chairman of the Party; a conversation between WSC and Milovan Djilas on Yugoslavia [later Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia]; Egyptian affairs; a speech by Eisenhower on world affairs; the safety of Princess Elizabeth [later Queen Elizabeth II] flying; the estimates select committee; income tax policy; a "Festival of Freedom"; the nationalisation of the steel industry; the "closed shop"; Guernsey; sterling balances; pairing off Secretary of State [for Commonwealth Relations] Patrick Gordon Walker; the Rent Restrictions Act; the attitude of service reservists to defence matters.Also includes copies of: WSC's election message for the Daily Express and address to Conservative supported candidates; Conservative manifesto 1951; the Daily Mirror; cuttings including articles by Edelman and Major-General John Fuller; texts and proofs of speeches and broadcasts by Eccles, Fyfe, and Joseph Grimmond; scripts for propaganda films about WSC; Conservative Parliamentary Finance Committee brief on Finance Bill 1951 and division records for the Bill; report by Gammans on Middle East; details of election speaking engagements for WSC and others; resolutions passed at the Conservative Women's Conference.


  • Creation: Nov 1950 - Nov 1951

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2 file(s) (452 loose folios)

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Existence and Location of Copies

Folio 8: Copyright holder (Trinity Mirror for Daily Mirror) has withheld permission for online publication. Available at Churchill Archives Centre.


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