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Public and Political: General: Political: correspondence A-C., Oct 1951 - Jul 1962

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 2/127A-B

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Correspondents include: William Reid, Lord Provost of Aberdeen [Scotland] on WSC's visit there in 1952; David Pitblado [Principal Private Secretary to Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden] (3); Frank Glaves-Smith [Principal Private Secretary to President of the Board of Trade]; Konrad Adenauer [Federal Chancellor of Germany]; Sir Frederick Hoyer Millar [later 1st Lord Inchrya, British Ambassador to West Germany, later part of Germany]; John Perrin, [Principal] Private Secretary to Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Charles [Wilson, 1st Lord Moran] on a speech by "Alex" [1st Lord Alexander of Tunis]; Brigadier-General Sir William Alexander on Persia [Iran]; Leo Amery on the Suez Canal and Egypt; Sir Eric Errington, Chairman, Executive Committee, (3), Godfrey Llewellyn, Chairman, Central Council, and C S Streatfield, Secretary, (6), of the National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations; Hubert Ashton; Clarence Streit, Ralph Epstein (7), Duncan Sandys, and 1st Lord Layton, on "Atlantic Union" [increased collaboration between the UK, Canada and the United States]; 1st Lord Woolton [earlier Frederick Marquis, Chairman, Conservative and Unionist Central Office until 1955] (7); John Baker-White; Beverley Baxter (2); Christopher Mayhew on a biography of Ernest Bevin; Suzanne Bidault on WSC speaking to the Congress of European American Associations; Sir Alfred Bossom (4); John Biggs-Davison; Major Arthur Birse, one of WSC's wartime interpreters, offering his services; Percy Cohen of the Conservative Research Department; Robert Boothby (2) including (1) giving advice on television appearances; Sir Albert Braithwaite; Brazilian Ambassador to the United Kingdom Assis Chateaubriand Bandiera de Mello; Stephen Pierssene, General Director, Conservative and Unionist Central Office [until 1957] (10) including (7) on by elections; Sir Howard d'Egville on General Alfred Gruenther speaking at a meeting of the British-American Parliamentary Group (2); Sir Norman Brook [later 1st Lord Normanbrook, Secretary of the Cabinet] (5) including (3) on the publication of a November 1939 Cabinet Paper by WSC on the naval defence of Australia and New Zealand; the Sultan of Brunei [Sir Omar Ali Saifuddin]; John Hare [later 1st Lord Blakenham, Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party] (3); Patrick Buchan-Hepburn [later 1st Lord Hailes, Government Chief Whip until 1955] (4) including (2) on finding WSC a new room in the House of Commons; R A Butler, Chancellor of the Exchequer [1951-55] and Home Secretary [1957-62], on economic and European affairs, and the Cenotaph ceremony (4); Sir David Campbell; joint letter from James Chuter-Ede, John Baird, Emelyn Garner Evans, and Jack Jones; Hugh Molson, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, John Boyd-Carpenter (2); Boyd-Carpenter (2); Graham Page; Sir Robert Cary on Christopher Soames and atomic energy questions (3); George Christ [Parliamentary Liaison Officer, Conservative Party, and Editor Weekly News Letter] (7); Sir William Urton, General Director, Conservative Party [from 1957] (2); [Arthur Meighen, former Prime Minister of Canada, top half of letter only]; Leonard Ropner, Chairman, Conservative and Unionist Films Association; Edward Heath [Government Chief Whip]; various other representatives of Conservative Central Office (17). Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from: Prime Minister's Private Secretaries Pitblado, Anthony Montague Browne, Peter Oates, Sir Anthony Bevir, and David Hunt; secretaries Jane Portal [later Lady Williams of Elvel], Elizabeth Gilliatt, Gillian Maturin, Lettice Shillingford [Lettice Marston], and Jo Sturdee ("N S") [later Lady Onslow]; Soames [Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister]; CSC; and from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to Nikolai Bulganin and Nikita Khrushchev.Other subjects include: tensions with the Soviet Union in 1961; the Lancashire cotton industry; WSC's retirement as Prime Minister including West German reaction (April 1955); obtaining photographs of WSC and his signature; Conservative Party matters, including the retirement of H V Armstrong as Secretary of the National Union, Party Conferences 1954-6, Bossom's 21st anniversary as an MP, prospective candidates, the National Union Central Council, the redistribution of wards in Greenwich [London], Eden becoming Party Leader, and County Council elections 1952; the 1951 and 1953 elections; various invitations to WSC; the political position of Raymond Blackburn; the 1955 newspaper strike; canals; the popularity of the Conservative government; the Coal Board and Scotland; a motion of censure in 1953; the comparative cost of living in the UK; Cyprus press law.Also includes: report on 1961 speech by Eden [later 1st Lord Avon]; various cuttings; statement by US Senator Estes Kefauver; photograph of a Canadian statue of WSC; House of Lords Hansard (27 March 1952); details of resolutions passed at Blackpool [Lancashire] Conference; 1951 election leaflet; text of broadcast by WSC (3 May 1952); statement by Malcolm McCorquodale on Conservative recruiting; Central Council papers and resolutions 1953-4; papers on Greenwich including a report by Sir Henry Turner, Acting Chairman of Greenwich Conservative Association; local party journals; Times of Cyprus flyer.


  • Oct 1951 - Jul 1962

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