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The Sloan - Abbott Conversations, 1950-08 - 1983-11

Reference Code: GBR/0014/POLL 3/2/1/108

Scope and Contents

Papers and correspondence on controversy raised by JEP over discussions between a political researcher, and an official at the Northern Ireland Office over talks between the British and Irish Governments over the constitutional future of Northern Ireland, with correspondents including: Sir Robert Armstrong, Secretary of the Cabinet, on the accuracy of JEP's information and talks between the British and Irish Governments (6); Anthony Bevins [Political Correspondent of the Times] (2); Ian Gow [Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister] (9); James Prior, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland; John Wilkinson.

Also includes: press-cuttings; copy of a BBC poll on public views on immigration, particularly relating to JEP (1968); copies of papers (1950-52) on allegations in the American press that Britain and the United States were seeking to unify Ireland as a member of NATO, including telegrams from the British Embassy in Washington to the Commonwealth Relations Office, an American policy statement on relations with Ireland, a note of a discussion with the Prime Minister [Clement Attlee] on partition (1950-52 and a minute on progress towards Ireland's return to the Commonwealth; copy of an IRA staff report on reorganization; copies of correspondence between James Prior and James Molyneaux [Leader, Ulster Unionist Party]; note of meeting between JEP, Sir Robert Armstrong and Ian Gow; text of speech by JEP on alleged plans for a united Ireland, including references to the Sloan-Abbott conversations; transcripts of the Sloan-Abbot conversations.


  • Creation: 1950-08 - 1983-11

Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

The majority of the collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge. Please see individual files for details.


3 file(s)

Language of Materials


Date information

DateText: The majority of folios date from 1982 to 1983.

Finding aid date

2003-03-26 10:05:13+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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