Scope and Contents
Speech notes and typescript for WSC's election campaign (30 September - 10 October) on subjects including the grim economic outlook, regaining Britain's prestige abroad, the advantages of not winning the last election and improving the National Health Service. Source material includes: notes by 1st Lord Moran [earlier Charles Wilson] on the National Health Service, national unity and peace through strength, the tone of WSC's election broadcast, rearmament, Labour attempts to take credit for the Welfare State, and unemployment; notes by [?] Christopher Soames on pensioners' earnings, taxation, and the dropping of nationalization by the Labour Party; galley proofs from ["The Second World War"] of directives by WSC, 1943 - 44, on not raising false hopes about post-war conditions, on the Beveridge Report and on emergency housing; cuttings from an article by Randolph Churchill, quoting Charles Waterhouse on Government over-spending; press cutting from the Times on the cost in dollars of losing oil from Persia [Iran]; a letter from [Richard] Michael Fraser [Joint Director, Conservative Research Department], with notes on Conservative conscription policy and the co-ordination of party political broadcasts; notes on comments made by Clement Attlee on WSC; extracts from former speeches by WSC on the Trade Unions and hope for the future; notes on the Labour Party's reaction to the rearmament programme in the Conservative Party's 1935 election manifesto; note by George Christ [Parliamentary Liaison Officer, Conservative Party] on the tax system in the United States.Speech notes and typescript for WSC's election address (2 October, Liverpool Stadium) on subjects including: the Government's clumsy foreign policy towards the United States and Europe, and over the evacuation of British oil personnel from Abadan [Iran]; partisan politics, the political stalemate and the need for stable, broad-based government; the extension of National Service; the danger of making false promises on the future of the economy; the results of State trading, particularly in cotton; the Government bias against the Stock Exchange. Source material includes a note from George Christ on Labour's technique for claiming successes. Also includes a copy of the following speech by Sir David Maxwell Fyfe [later 1st Lord Kilmuir, MP for West Derby Division, Liverpool and President, National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations] on WSC's inspiring leadership and Labour's negative campaign. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8245 - 52.Speech notes and typescript for WSC's election address (6 October, Loughton County High School [Essex]) entitled "Persian Crisis" on Labour accusations that the Conservatives want war with Persia [Iran], the evacuation from Abadan, the loss of British prestige in the Middle East, the Government's failure to negotiate with the Persian Government, the financial loss from the evacuation, and the chances of a Third World War. Source material includes notes from George Christ on the repetition of the Government's assurances on Persia by the Lord Chancellor [1st Lord Jowitt] and on the number of Communists in the local division. Also includes brief speech notes on social services, nationalization, the cost of living, housing, rearmament and increasing production. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8252 - 3.Speech notes, typescript and print from the Listener for WSC's election broadcast (8 October, London) entitled "Our Political Future" on subjects including: the damage done by the prolonged electioneering period; the need for stable, broad-based government; the founding of the Welfare State; the fall in unemployment; the failure of nationalization and the Government's extension of wartime controls, contrasting with the Conservative free enterprise policy; rearmament spending, and the need to combine it with Western unity to achieve peace; foreign policy disasters in the Middle East. Source material includes a note from George Christ on the line formerly taken by Herbert Morrison [Foreign Secretary] on the dangers of appeasement. Also includes speech notes for WSC's 1950 election broadcast [see CHUR 5/32]. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8254 - 8.Speech notes and typescript for WSC's election address (9 October, Buckhurst Hill High School [Essex]) on subjects including: the need for close relations with the United States, especially over the Middle East and Mediterranean, as a way of repairing the damage done in Persia [Iran], and as a general force for peace; anti-United States feeling in the Labour Party, and WSC's own relations with the United States; the atomic air bases in East Anglia; free enterprise in the Trade Unions; the political levy on Conservative and Liberal Trade Unionists, and the Conservative policy of working with the Trade Unions; the "closed shop" imposed by Durham County Council on its employees. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8258 - 61.Speech notes for WSC's election recording (11 October, Chartwell [Kent]) entitled "Message to Ulster" [Ireland], on the Conservative pledge not to alter the relationship between Ulster and the United Kingdom without the consent of the Parliament of Northern Ireland. Source material includes a letter from Mark Chapman-Walker [Conservative Party Secretariat], with a draft for the recording from the Belfast Unionist Party. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8261 - 2.Speech notes and typescript for WSC's election addresses (12 October, St Gabriel's Hall, Aldersbrook, Wanstead and Woodford County High School [Essex]) entitled "Abadan [Iran], Sudan and [Aneurin] Bevan - A Trio of Misfortune" on Labour's dismissal of past political achievements, and accusing the Conservatives of putting party first, Labour's former opposition to rearmament and their mismanagement of the economy, including inflation and devaluation. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8262 - 4.