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Public and Political: General: Political: Correspondence S-Z., Oct 1950 - Oct 1951

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 2/117A-B

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Correspondents include: "Bobbety" [5th Lord Salisbury, earlier Robert Gascoyne Cecil and Lord Cranborne] and Leo Amery on Cabinet positions in the event of a Conservative election victory; Sir Arthur Salter; Duncan Sandys on his visit to Yugoslavia [later Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia] and Marshal Tito; 1st Lord Woolton [earlier Frederick Marquis, Chairman, Conservative and Unionist Central Office] (10); Sir Geoffrey Shakespeare, Chairman, Executive Committee, National Liberal Council; Keith Gardiner, Editor of the Sheffield Telegraph [Yorkshire] (2); John Rodgers; Sir Frederic Metcalfe [Clerk of the House of Commons] (2); Sir David Maxwell Fyfe [later 1st Lord Kilmuir] (3); various representatives of Conservative Central Office including George Christ and Press Officer Gillian Mackay (9); Sir Archibald Sinclair [later 1st Lord Thurso]; James Thomas [later 1st Lord Cilcennin, Vice-Chairman of Conservative and Unionist Party] (4); Sir Waldron Smithers (4) on subjects including the gift of a painting and Christianity in politics; John Smyth on WSC writing a foreword for a book, "Western Defences" (2); Christopher Soames (2) including (1) on Sir Frank Whittle and bombs; 1st Lord Simon [of Stackpole Elidor] (2) and Alan Lennox-Boyd [later 1st Lord Boyd of Merton] on South African protectorates; Sir Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan [Indian Ambassador to the Soviet Union] and Henry Spalding on Radhakrishnan's talks with senior Soviets; Home Secretary James Chuter-Ede on Speaker [of the House of Commons] Douglas Clifton Brown's [later 1st Lord Ruffside] health; Patrick Buchan-Hepburn [later 1st Lord Hailes, Conservative Chief Whip] (3); Sir Andrew Duncan on the steel industry; Charles Jervis, Assistant Editor of the Press Association; John Braithwaite, Chairman of the Stock Exchange; Richard Stokes on House of Commons taps (2); Henry Strauss [later 3rd Lord Conesford]; James Stuart (4) including (3) on Scottish affairs; Henry Studholme; 1st Lord Lyle of Westbourne, President Tate and Lyle, on beet sugar; 1st Lord Swinton [earlier Philip Lloyd Greame and Philip Cunliffe Lister] (2); Reginald Northam, Principal of Swinton Conservative College; Charles Taylor; 2nd Lord Tweedsmuir [earlier John Buchan]; [George] Peter Thorneycroft; Colin Thornton-Kemsley on William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania [United States] and Chigwell and Wanstead [Essex] (2); John Tilney on a visit to Yugoslavia; Sir [James] Clifford Tozer; 1st Lord Trenchard on military aviation; Sir Ian Fraser; Moss Turner-Samuels; Basil Brooke [later 1st Lord Brookeborough, Prime Minister of Northern Ireland]; Clarence Graham, Chairman Ulster Unionist Council; United States Senator Theodore Green; Harold Watkinson (2); John Lockhart, Secretary of United Kingdom Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, on West Indian visitors; Harry Mackeson [Deputy Chief Conservative Whip]; R A Butler; Sir Herbert Williams (3); Admiral Sir Sydney Fremantle on appointing a Commander-in-Chief North Atlantic; Charles Williams; Richard Wood [later Lord Holderness] (4); Eveline Hill. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from: secretaries Jo Sturdee ("N S") [later Lady Onslow], Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford], Elizabeth Gilliatt, Jane Portal [later Lady Williams of Elvel], Vanda Salmon, and Chips Gemmell; CSC. Other subjects include: matters concerning the 1951 election campaign including a Sunday Times interview by WSC; Sandys' leaving the opposition front bench; Conservative Party matters, including arrangements for and the cancellation of the Conference at Scarbrough [Yorkshire], Swinton College, selecting candidates, whipping issues, and the women's mass meeting; a dock dispute; a motion by Sydney Silverman and parliamentary privilege; standing committees; British economic policy; the timing of the election; the Tshekedi and Seretse Khama affair (a dispute over the chieftainship of the Bamangwato tribe, Bechuanaland Protectorate [later Botswana]); requests for WSC's signature; matters concerning Ulster [Ireland]; the behaviour of George Wigg; the recall of class "Z" reservists. Also includes copies of: Grand Hotel, Scarbrough, leaflet and plan; WSC's election messages to the Sheffield Telegraph and Yorkshire Post, in support of Soames, and for Wales; report of Committee of Privileges; cuttings and reprints; details of public engagements by Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon], Oliver Lyttelton [later 1st Lord Chandos], and Fyfe; speech by Canadian MP Alistair Stewart; "Trade unions and the law" pamphlet by Strauss; "The Word" (Scottish socialist paper); Swinton College Journal; House of Lords Hansard (21 February); material on the Khama case; US report on economic and military assistance to Europe; telegram from Herbert Morrison [Lord President of the Council], Ernest Bevin [Foreign Secretary], WSC and Prime Minister Clement Attlee on US Senator Arthur Vandenberg's health; "A New Approach" by Edwin Leather and Watkinson; comments by Minister of Food Maurice Webb; text of broadcast by Woolton; extract from speech by Woodrow Wyatt on Egypt.


  • Creation: Oct 1950 - Oct 1951

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