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Public and Political: General: Private and Personal: Proposed libel action against the Daily Mirror., 09 Oct 1951 - 11 Mar 1953

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Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 2/221

Scope and Contents

Correspondents on WSC's libel action include: Henry Gisborne, senior partner, Lewis and Lewis, and Gisborne and Company, solicitors (19); Sir Valentine Holmes, former QC [Queen's Counsel] (2); Sir Walter Monckton (11); Brendan Bracken; Sir Lionel Heald, Attorney-General; Sir Hartley Shawcross, counsel for the defence (3); Patrick Buchan-Hepburn [later 1st Lord Hailes, Government Chief Whip]; Sir Herbert Williams; Sir [Robert] Patrick Gower [former Chief Publicity Officer, Conservative and Unionist Central Office] on the future attitude of the Daily Mirror to the Conservative Party and harm done to the party by WSC's action (2); Edward Carlile, General Secretary, the Church Army, on WSC's donation of his damages; Cyril Salmon, QC; James Scarlett, barrister; Helenus Milmo, barrister; Gilbert Paull, QC. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence by Christopher Soames, David Pitblado, David Hunt, and John Colville, WSC's Private Secretaries, and "N S" [Jo Sturdee, later Lady Onslow], Elizabeth Gilliatt and Jane Portal [later Lady Williams of Elvel], WSC's secretaries.Also includes: issue of World's Press News with an article on the libel action; press cuttings from the Daily Mirror with the original articles on WSC's alleged irresponsible attitude to war and peace ultimatum to the Soviet Union; copies of the writ and claim served against the Daily Mirror, and of the defence statements and pleadings; notes by Brendan Bracken on the Daily Mirror's attitude; notes by Sir Valentine Holmes on the action and the defence; drafts of the Daily Mirror's retraction and settlement; requests from charities for donations from WSC's damages.

Dates

  • 09 Oct 1951 - 11 Mar 1953

Conditions Governing Access

Open

Extent

1 file(s) (199 loose folios)

Language of Materials

English

Existence and Location of Copies

Folios 5-11, 35: Copyright holder (Trinity Mirror for Daily Mirror) has withheld permission for online publication. Available at Churchill Archives Centre.

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

Contact:
Churchill Archives Centre
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