General correspondence, 1984-12 - 1985-12
Scope and Contents
Correspondents include: David Alton; Gavin Laird, General Secretary of the Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers (AUEW) enclosing a statement on the AUEW’s loyalty to the Trades Union Congress; Peter Archer [chief Northern Ireland spokesman] enclosing a memorandum in business in Parliament relating to Northern Ireland and a letter from [Henry] Chapman Pincher on allegations by Peter Wright about KGB penetration of the security services (2); Ernest Armstrong; Joseph Ashton; Sir Richard Attenborough, Chairman of the Committee of Inquiry into the Arts and Disabled People; Lord Boardman, Chairman of National Westminster Bank; David Winnick, enclosing a letter from John Biffen, Lord Privy Seal, on marking the anniversary of VE Day; John Biffen (2); Renée Short; Roland Boyes; Robert Brown; Ronald Brown (2); Norman Buchan, arts spokesman, pressing for a debate on arts funding; John Butcher, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Industry, on the illegal use of Citizens’ Band radio; James Callaghan on subjects including the co-ordination of maritime policy (3); Lewis Carter-Jones on subjects including mounting a counter-attack on Conservative defence policy (2); Barbara Castle on giving MEPs easier access to the House of Commons; David Clark, environment spokesman, on refuting an article by William Waldegrave, Under-Secretary of State for the Environment, on green Conservative policies; Michael Cocks [Opposition Chief Whip] on subjects including reviewing the Hastings Agreement, limiting the amount MPs paid to their constituency parties (2); Harry Cohen (2); Bernard Crick; [Joseph] Stanley Crowther on subjects including reasons for Labour’s failure to win the Brecon and Radnor by-election [Wales] (2); Jack Cunningham; Tam Dalyell; Eric Deakins, enclosing a letter to Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister on racial harassment against the Asian community; [Richard] Geoffrey Howe, Foreign Secretary; Frank Dobson [health spokesman] enclosing a paper on the private management of National Health Service hospitals; [Albert] Patrick Duffy; Frank Field; Terry Fields on the failure of the party leadership to support the miners’ strike; Michael Foot, enclosing copies of his correspondence with Shirley Williams, President of the Social Democratic Party, on a disagreement with NK over the Social Democrats’ reasons for leaving the Labour Party; Reginald Freeson, co-Chairman of Poale Zion, on reaction to remarks made by Ken Livingstone about the Board of Deputies of British Jews (2); William Garrett; Norman Godman; Bryan Gould [trade spokesman], congratulating NK on an interview with Peter Jay about Labour’s relations with the City, and also enclosing a copy of his letter to Nigel Lawson [Chancellor of the Exchequer] on a Treasury paper on real wages and employment; Duke de Grantmesnil [Kenneth de Courcy]; John Selwyn Gummer, Conservative Party Chairman, on NK’s remarks about Goose Green during the Falklands War (2); Walter Harrison, enclosing a transcript of his interview with Radio Leeds on subjects including violence in the miners’ strike (3); Roy Hattersley on a forthcoming meeting with the Trades Union Congress; Denis Healey, enclosing a letter from George Robertson [principal European affairs spokesman] on funding for his team; Lord Houghton on the Scientific Procedures on Living Animals Bill, enclosing a letter from Margaret Thatcher and his note on the White Paper on laboratory animals; Greville Janner; Thomas Pendry; [David] Clive Jenkins; Barry Jones; Edward Leadbitter on the Labour Finance and Industry Group; Geoffrey Lofthouse (2); Max Madden; William McCarthy; Allen McKay; William McKelvey; Michael Meacher [chief health and social security spokesman]; Bruce Millan; Lord Molloy; James Molyneaux, leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, on communication between their parties; 5th Lord Monkswell [earlier Gerard Collier] on trying to oppose the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act in the House of Lords; Alfred Morris; John Morris [legal affairs spokesman and Shadow Attorney General] on pursuing votes in the middle ground; Sir Kenneth Newman, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police (2); Ernest Roberts, Frank Cook, Robert Litherland, and Ernest Ross, all asking NK to visit North Korea; Phillip Oppenheim; Stanley Orme; Robert Parry, asking NK to visit North Korea; John Prescott; Giles Radice; Claire Rayner; Geoffrey Robinson; Mark Robinson; Edward Rowlands, also enclosing a copy of his letter to Margaret Thatcher on pay for Health Visitors (3); John Silkin, enclosing the results of a questionnaire from his local party on what issues they would like to see debated in Parliament; Chris Smith on subjects including taking legal action against the Sun (2); Brenda Dean, General Secretary of the Society of Graphical and Allied Trades (SOGAT), enclosing a report from the SOGAT delegation to the Labour Women’s Conference on extreme elements at the conference; Clive Soley; David Steel [leader of the Liberal Party] on Labour obstruction of a Liberal Social Democrat Alliance debate, also enclosing a photograph of NK which he took on the flight back from India (2); Sir Sigmund Sternberg (4); Lord Stoddart; Gavin Strang; Edward Taylor (Teddy Taylor); Roger Thomas; John Townend; [Arthur] Moss Evans, General Secretary of the Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU), on controversy over the election of his successor; Robert Wareing, including a copy of a letter from Margaret Thatcher on the role played by political extremists in football hooliganism; [Bruce] Bernard Weatherill, Speaker of the House of Commons; Alan Williams on difficulties in attacking the Social Democratic Liberal Alliance (2); Sir George Young, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Environment.
Also includes: briefing on Westland Helicopters; consultative document on food policy; report by Ken Livingstone on ratecapping and the Greater London Council budget debate; briefing for a meeting with Massoud Rajavi, Chairman of the National Council of Resistance of Iran.
- 1984-12 - 1985-12
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Finding aid date
- From the Fonds: Kinnock, Neil Gordon, 1942 (Baron Kinnock of Bedwellty, Labour politician) (Person)