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Speeches: Non-House of Commons: Speech notes and source material., 06 Oct 1951 - 09 Oct 1955

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 5/58A-C

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Speech notes and typescript for WSC's election address (16 May 1955, Sir James Hawkey Hall, Woodford [Essex]) on subjects including: WSC's resignation as Prime Minister and his appointment of Sir Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon] as his successor; the Government's record on the economy, employment, social services, housing and the reduction of economic controls; the threat of a return to Socialism; the support of Clement Attlee [leader of the Labour Party] for the hydrogen bomb and Western defence, and his need to placate his own party with a policy of re-nationalizing steel and nationalizing the chemical industry; the profit-sharing scheme introduced by ICI [Imperial Chemical Industries Limited]; Labour's proposals to cut the length of National Service and the results of such a policy on dealings with the Soviet Union; the influence of Aneurin Bevan in the Labour Party; recent proposals for 3 or 4-Power talks. Source material includes a letter and draft notes from George Christ [Parliamentary Liaison Officer, Conservative Party], including cuttings from the Conservative Weekly News Letter, on subjects including prospects for peace under the Conservatives and Labour's threat to such prospects and to the economy and their disunity, especially on the hydrogen bomb, and copies of the Liberal Party election manifesto and WSC's 1951 election address. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8646 - 50.Speech notes and typescript for WSC's election address (17 May 1955, Corn Exchange, Bedford) in support of Christopher Soames, Conservative candidate for Bedford, on subjects including: Soames's work as WSC's Parliamentary Private Secretary; the consequences of the General Election; Eden's appointment as WSC's successor; the Government's record, including the reduction of economic controls and taxation, the fall in unemployment, the rise in the standard of living and support for social services; the dangers of Conservative complacency; Labour's scare-mongering and confused policy on the hydrogen bomb; the differences between Liberalism and Socialism; prospects for a 3 or 4-Power summit. Also includes notes in support of Alan Lennox-Boyd [later 1st Lord Boyd of Merton], Conservative candidate for Mid-Bedfordshire. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8650 - 4.Speech notes for WSC's election address (19 May 1955, Assembly Rooms, East Walthamstow, and Girls County High School, Chigwell [Essex]) on subjects including: the danger of a Liberal candidate splitting the Conservative vote; the decline of the Liberal Party; leading Liberals' concerns about a Labour victory; repealing of the nationalization of steel and transport; general agreement between Conservatives and Liberals against Socialism; the Liberal policy of co- partnership and profit-sharing in industry, the results of the ICI profit-sharing scheme and Labour's plans to nationalize the chemical industry; Labour's confused policy on the hydrogen bomb; Labour's claims of a fall in production under the Conservatives. Source material includes: letters from John Harvey, Conservative candidate for East Walthamstow, on arrangements for the speech and the local vote (2) with notes on the local division; copies of the election address and leaflet of Harry Wallace, Labour candidate for East Walthamstow; note of a comment by Woodrow Wyatt on interference by the United States in the General Election; copy of WSC's election address; notes from George Christ on Conservative support for the social services and on production figures; note by Robert Armstrong, Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, on the rise in production; note from Elizabeth Gilliatt [WSC's secretary] on claims by local Labour Party members that WSC was pushed out of office. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8654 - 7.Speech notes and typescript for WSC's election address (23 May 1955, Woodford) on the final stage of the General Election, the choice before voters, the dangers of apathy and Labour accusations of constituency boundaries being altered in the Conservatives' favour. Part published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8657 - 8.Speech notes and typescript for WSC's speech (21 June 1955, Guildhall [London]) entitled '"Let Us Go Boldly Forward"' for the unveiling of the statue of WSC by Oscar Nemon, on changes in Britain since WSC's youth, Britain's new position in the world, hopes for the future, including closer contact between world leaders and persevering with peace through strength. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8658 - 60.Speech notes for WSC's speech (7 September 1955, Court of Brotherhood and Guestling of the Cinque Ports, Hastings [Sussex]) entitled '"This Cherishable Appointment"', for the presentation of WSC's portrait by Bernard Hailstone, on WSC's pride in the office of Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, his visits to the Ports and hopes for the future. Published: Complete Speeches VIII p 8660.Typescript for WSC's recorded speech (9 October 1955, Accepting Freedom House Award, New York [United States]) entitled '"Our Common Inheritance"' on the founding of Freedom House upon the recognition of the need for the United States to join the Allies in the war after the withdrawal of the United States from the League of Nations and the failure of the British Government to accept the offer by Franklin Roosevelt [former President of the United States] to intervene in Europe in 1938, the danger of the United States and Britain drifting apart again, their common inheritance of language, culture and law and the importance of the unity of the English-speaking peoples. Source material includes draft notes on past and present relations between Britain and the United States and on Freedom House. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8661 - 2.The majority of material in the file dates to 1954 - 5.


  • Creation: 06 Oct 1951 - 09 Oct 1955

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