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Press Association transcript and press cutting from the Sevenoaks News reporting WSC's election address (11 February, Sevenoaks [Kent] Constitutional Club) on the Labour threat to the economy and the Empire. Also includes transcript of comments by Ness Edwards [Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Labour and National Service] on WSC's responsibility for sending in troops during the miners' strike at [Tonypandy, Glamorgan, Wales, 1910]. Part published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 7935 - 6.Speech notes and typescript for WSC's election address (14 February, Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland) on subjects including: socialist state control and the ill-effects of centralization on Scotland; the rise of Scottish nationalism, and the need to combine with England against Labour; improved Scottish Cabinet representation under the Conservatives; the Labour Government's record on unemployment, rationing, the family allowance, the economy and housing; Conservative policies of property ownership, the atomic deterrent and regaining Britain's place in world affairs. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 7936 - 44.Speech notes for and report of WSC's election address (15 February, Royal Forest Hotel, Chingford [Essex]) on the links between socialism and Communism, the economic policies of Sir Stafford Cripps [Chancellor of the Exchequer], employment and the food supply. Source material includes a letter from Nigel Davies, candidate for Epping [Essex] on subjects for WSC to speak on, including social services and local concerns. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 7944 - 6.Speech notes and typescript for WSC's election broadcast (17 February) entitled "The Moment of Decision" on the Labour goal of a complete socialist state, Labour economic policy, the records of other socialist governments, and Conservative policies on employment, food supply, social services, cutting taxation, housing and keeping Britain's place in world affairs. Source material includes a note from Duncan Sandys advising on using the broadcast to win over waverers and Liberal supporters, by stressing national leadership, WSC's personal popularity and securing international peace. [Additional copy of speech notes at CHUR 5/43]. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 7946 - 51.Speech notes and typescript for WSC's election address (20 February, Albert Hall, Manchester) on subjects including: the Labour Government's failure to promote recovery, and their policies on taxation, housing, nationalization and stifling the profit motive; Lancashire industry, including cotton; the power and responsibilities of the Manchester Guardian newspaper; the hope of reaching a settlement with the Soviet Union; the Liberal Party's attempt to hold the balance of power. Source material includes: notes by [? Reginald Maudling, Conservative Party Secretariat] on subjects for the speech, including unemployment and nationalization; notes on the cotton industry. Also includes speech notes used for WSC's address at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh. Part published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 7952 - 6.Speech notes giving subject headings for WSC's election address (20 February, Empire Theatre, Oldham [Lancashire]). Source material includes a note by Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford], WSC's secretary, on his previous visits to Oldham.Speech notes giving subject headings and typescript for WSC's election address (21 February, Woodford [Essex]) on subjects including urging Trade Unionists not to support the Labour Party.Press cutting from the West Essex Gazette reporting WSC's election address (21 February, Wanstead [Essex]).