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General correspondence, 1978-12 - 1979-02

Reference Code: GBR/0014/AMEJ 2/1/92

Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: Humphry Berkeley, Diplomatic Representative for the Republic of Transkei [later part of South Africa], sending a New Year message by the Prime Minister of Transkei, Kaiser Matanzima; John Biggs-Davison, enclosing copies of his letter to the BBC about their bias towards Iran, and his speech to the Pan-European Union on Europe under siege from the Soviet Union; Vernon Bogdanor on subjects including the bleak political outlook and the lack of policy in the Conservative Party (2); 7th Lord Bolton [earlier Richard Orde-Powlett] enclosing a copy of his letter to Margaret Thatcher [leader of the Conservative Party] stating that the party was not sticking to the promises it had made to Rhodesia [later Zimbabwe]; Jeremy Bray; James Cameron, Chairman of Council, British Medical Association, on making the use of seat belts compulsory; Sir Olaf Caroe on his concern at the situation in Iran; [Richard] Hugh Cavendish (2); Cecil Clothier, Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration, and Health Service Commissioner for England, Wales and Scotland; Patrick Cormack on his pleasure at an evening with [? [Maurice] Harold Macmillan, later 1st Lord Stockton], and how Margaret Thatcher could learn from him; Lord Cranborne [later 7th Lord Salisbury]; Brian Crozier, enclosing a proposal for an Atlantic Council and copies of his letters to the BBC on their pro-Communist bias; Manuel Fraga-Iribarne; Martin Gilbert on his biography of Winston Churchill (3); Eldon Griffiths; Jocelyn Hambro; Lord Hill-Norton; Sir John King (2); Henry Kissinger; Norman Lamont, enclosing a paper on the advantages and disadvantages of electoral reform; Francis Pym [Conservative foreign affairs spokesman] on meeting the Sultan of Oman, JA's suggestion about sending observers to Rhodesia for the elections and continuing majority rule in Rhodesia (3); [David] Neil Macfarlane (2); [Maurice] Harold Macmillan [later 1st Lord Stockton], enclosing a copy of correspondence with Lord Home of the Hirsel [earlier Alexander Douglas-Home and 14th Lord Home] on organising an appeal for clemency for Amir-Abbas Hoveyda, former Prime Minister of Iran; Maurice Macmillan, enclosing the text of his speech calling for a change in attitudes towards industrial productivity; [Joseph] Kevin McNamara; Anthony Montague Browne on standing for election to the European Parliament (2); [Richard] Anthony Nelson, British Jordanian Parliamentary Group (2); Sir Frederick Page, Chairman of the Aircraft Group of British Aerospace plc; Lord Penney on meeting JA to discuss defence issues (2); John Peyton; Ivor Mills, Head of Public Affairs, Post Office; Julian Ridsdale [Chairman of the British Japanese Parliamentary Group] (2); Sir Joshua Rowley; 12th Lord Scarbrough [earlier Lord Lumley]; [Dudley] Geoffrey Stewart-Smith; Andrew Bowden; Margaret Thatcher, thanking JA for his help with a speech (16 Jan) on offering a possible coalition with the Labour Party, for his information about the American view of Rhodesia and Namibia and on her concern about the situation in Iran (3); [Thomas] George Thomas [later 1st Lord Tonypandy]; Sir John Townley; Sir Frederick Warner; Kenneth Warren (2); Ezer Weizman, Israeli Minister of Defence; Raymond Whitney; George Young.

Also includes: correspondence on the negotiations over Rhodesia, particularly the attitude of the United States; copies of correspondence between the Secretary General of the United Nations [Kurt Waldheim] and the South African Minister of Foreign Affairs [(Roelof) Pik Botha] on Namibian independence, and a transcript of a Weekend World interview with David Owen, Foreign Secretary, on Namibia; statement by JA on the breach between Romania and the Soviet Union.


  • 1978-12 - 1979-02

Conditions Governing Access

The majority of the papers are open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge, though the constituency papers and some of the correspondence and political papers remain closed.


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Finding aid date

2013-03-22 14:54:56.347000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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