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Speeches: speech notes., 12 Jun 1948 - 28 Jun 1948

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 5/19A-C

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Speech notes for WSC's speech (12 June, Albert Hall, London) to the Young Conservatives entitled "A New Parliament" on subjects including: the expansion in the Young Conservatives' movement; the need to expose the excessive state control of the Labour government; communism; criticism of the Labour government's lack of encouragement for individuals and of Labour government policy on issues including nationalisation, the abolition of capital punishment, and economic policy; the role of the National Government in forming social policy; criticism of Stafford Cripps [Chancellor of the Exchequer]; Conservative policy including the Industrial Charter and the Agricultural Charter and the importance of home owning. Source material includes: notes from "Chips" Gemmel [Secretary to WSC], Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford, Secretary to WSC]; notes of a quote by [Edward Hugh] Dalton [Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster]. Published: Complete Speeches VII, pp 7660-62 (part and dated to 13 June).Speech notes for WSC's speech (23 June, House of Commons) on the third reading of the representation of the people bill entitled "political gerrymandering" including: his opposition to the bill on grounds of the advantage to the Labour Party and because the recommendations of the Boundary Commission have been ignored, and on a speech made by [Arthur] Woodburn, Secretary of State for Scotland. Source material includes: notes from the Conservative Parliamentary Secretariat about the bill and the distribution of seats and correspondence from Alan Lennox Boyd, Sir Stephen Piersenne, General Director of Conservative Central Office, and Iain Macleod, Head of the Home Affairs Research Department of the Conservative Party. Published: Complete Speeches pp 7662-9.Speech notes for WSC's speech (26 June, Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire) to the Eastern area Conservative and Unionist associations in conjunction with the Luton United Liberal and Conservative Association entitled "Britain 'floundering and sinking'" on subjects including: the strength of the Conservative Party Eastern region; reflections on the 1945 General Election; the contrast between the United Kingdom and the strength of the United States; criticism of the Labour government's policy on issues such as the redistribution bill, the granting of independence to India and Burma [later Myanmar], nationalisation, financial issues and on agriculture; the occupation of British territory near the Falkland islands; the sale of the cruiser HMS Ajax; and the mis-spending of the loan from the United States. Source material includes: notes from "Chips" Gemmel [Secretary to WSC] and "N S" ["Jo" Sturdee, later Lady Onslow, Secretary to WSC]; suggestions and correspondence from Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Pownall, Henry Hopkinson [later 1st Lord Colyton] Head of the Conservative Party Secretariat on subjects including the Egyptian treaty negotiations, affairs in India and Burma, and the collision between a British European airways plane and a Soviet Union plane, 1st Lord Woolton [earlier Frederick Marquis, Chairman, Conservative and Unionist Central Office] on his agreement with 1st Lord Teviot [earlier Charles Kerr, Chairman of the Liberal Party]; press cuttings and press releases about the speech. Published: Complete Speeches VII, pp 7669-77.


  • Creation: 12 Jun 1948 - 28 Jun 1948

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