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Belgrano Controversy, 1982-04-10 - 1987-03-08

Reference Code: GBR/0014/SPRG 2/9

Scope and Contents

Papers on the political controversy surrounding the sinking of the "General Belgrano", mostly relating to the publication of the 'minority report' on the events of 1-2 May 1982 [The Third Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee of Session 1984-85 (HC 11)] compiled by Spearing and three other Labour members of the Select Committee on Foreign Affairs. Including a poem 'written on the Thames at Hampton' on the Falklands War entitled 'Poem at Easter 1982', with covering note to Austen Spearing, Nigel's father; letter from Geoffrey Howe to Nigel Spearing on the minority report; Foreign Affairs Committee press notice; copy of Spearing's apology to Francis Pym and his Point of Order made in the House of Commons, 26 July 1985; text of speech for press conference announcing the minority report by Ian Mikardo; correspondence between Spearing and Ian Curteis regarding 'The Falklands Play'; copy of the minority report and covering letters to various politicians, including the Peruvian Foreign Secretary; correspondence from Diana Gould and Duncan Smith of the Belgrano Action Group; notes of a meeting about a 'Belgrano Tribunal' held at 103 Cloudesley Road, London with Tam Dalyell, Diana Gould, Clive Ponting, and others, on 19 December 1985; briefing papers issued by the Belgrano Action Group entitled 'Belgrano Enquiry - Draft Programme' and 'Note about Structure and Procedure'; various press cuttings on the controversy, including coverage of Margaret Thatcher's 1985 TV-AM interview with David Frost; and copy of draft report prepared by Spearing entitled 'The Events of 1-2 May 1982', with covering statement. Filed together with copy of document on the 'Development of the Common Foreign and Security Policy' of the European Union, dated 11 June 1996.


  • Creation: 1982-04-10 - 1987-03-08


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The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.


2 file(s)

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Former / Other Reference

Acc. 2054

Related Materials

The original copy of Spearing's poem on the Belgrano was sent to the Congregational Library, 15 Gordon Square, by Wendy Spearing.

Finding aid date

2019-02-18 14:13:59.857000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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