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Political: Constituency: Woodford [Essex]: papers and correspondence for the general election., Apr 1955 - Jun 1955

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 3/22A-B

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Correspondents include: W Hubert Barlow-Wheeler, WSC's election agent (18); John Harvey, Chairman of Woodford Conservative Association (9); Stephen Pierssene, General Director, Conservative and Unionist Central Office, on a hoax letter from the "Conservative Propaganda Centre"; George Christ [Parliamentary Liaison Officer, Conservative Party, and Editor Weekly News Letter] (2); Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon] (2), (1) also from Clarissa Eden [earlier Clarissa Spencer-Churchill, later Clarissa, Lady Avon]; Alan Lennox-Boyd [later 1st Lord Boyd of Merton] on WSC speaking at Biggleswade [Bedfordshire]; George Murray of the Daily Mail on notes for possible inclusion in WSC's speeches (2); Michael Berry [later Lord Hartwell, Chairman], Daily Telegraph; Sir Roger Hawkey (2); [George] Chaplin [Vice-Chairman of Essex County Council]; Sir Frank Lord, Chairman, Oldham [Lancashire] Conservative Association; Sarah [Beauchamp, earlier Sarah Churchill and Sarah Oliver, later Sarah, Lady Audley]; 1st Lord Woolton [earlier Frederick Marquis, Chairman, Conservative and Unionist Central Office] (2); [Percy] Rugg [Chairman], Junior Carlton Club [Political Council]; [Sir Philip] Margetson, Assistant Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from: secretaries Lettice Shillingford [earlier Lettice Marston], Elizabeth Gilliatt, Doreen Pugh, and Gillian Maturin; Christopher Soames [Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister].Other subjects include: details of WSC's preparations, arrangements and itinerary for the election campaign and election night, including his adoption meeting; WSC's retirement as Prime Minister; Harvey's campaign in East Walthamstow [Essex]; the Chigwell [Essex] constituency; the wider publication of WSC's election address; local council election results; appeals and comments by constituents on a variety of issues, including Sunday opening, retail, foreign policy, transport, schools, pensions, equal pay for women, food, rating, tax, and animal rights; WSC's Liberal opponent; best wishes and congratulations on WSC's victory; thanks to election helpers; the return of WSC's election expenses.Also includes: source material for WSC's election address including an extract from WSC's speech (Woodford, 23 November 1954) and copies of his addresses for the 1950 and 1951 elections; drafts and copies of WSC's 1955 address on the state of Britain, Labour's policies particularly nationalisation, and foreign affairs; drafts and copies of "Things are better" leaflet; various election leaflets for Woodford, London and Westminster, and Sevenoaks [Kent] including (1) for Sir Harold Webbe; copy of Fabian report, "Management and Consent"; itineraries for WSC; WSC's resignation statement sent to Harvey; the text of WSC's resignation broadcast; information on the "Socialist" candidate Keith Milner and John Biggs-Davidson; cuttings on WSC's campaigning; material from various pressure groups including a circular letter from 25th Lord Grey de Ruthyn [earlier John Butler-Bowdon] of the League Against Cruel Sports; copy of "Pig Farming"; canvas returns; election notices; list of election helpers; comparison of WSC's majorities between 1924 and 1951.


  • Creation: Apr 1955 - Jun 1955

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