The Papers of Patrick George Buchan-Hepburn, 1st Baron Hailes of Prestonkirk
Scope and Contents
Amongst the more personal correspondence are letters from Sir Winston Churchill whom Hailes served for a time as private secretary before he entered Parliament and then, later, with whom Hailes had a close relationship as Chief Whip during Churchill's last period as Prime Minister.
Lord Hailes's work as a Member of Parliament is reflected in constituency correspondence and papers concerned with East Toxteth (Liverpool) and Beckenham whose MP. he was from 1931 to 1950 and from 1950 to 1957 respectively.
Amongst the miscellaneous items at the end of the collection are some interesting papers and letters relating to the situation in Germany in the years leading up to the Second World War including Brendan Bracken's account of his discussion with Von Ribbentrop on international affairs in July 1939.
- 1928 - 1973
- Hepburn, Patrick George Thomas Buchan-, 1st Baron Hailes of Prestonkirk, 1901-1974 (politician) (Person)
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1926-1927: Honorary Attaché, Constantinople.
1929: Conservative candidate for Wolverhampton East (unsuccessful).
1930-1931: Member of London County Council (North Kensington).
1931-1939: Parliamentary Private Secretary to Rt. Hon. Oliver Stanley at, respectively, Home Office, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Labour, Board of Education and Board of Trade.
1931-1950: Conservative M.P. for East Toxteth (Liverpool).
1939: Assistant Government Whip. Junior Lord of the Treasury.
1940-1943: Served in Royal Artillery in 11th (City of London Yeomanry) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment and on the Staff (Brigade Major).
1944: Junior Lord of the Treasury.
1945: Conservative Deputy Chief Whip. Married Diana, daughter of Brigadier-General Hon. Charles Lambton and widow of Major W. Hedworth Williamson.
1948-1951: Opposition Chief Whip.
1951-1955: Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Government Chief Whip.
1955-1957: Minister of Works.
1958-1962: Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief of the Federation of the West Indies.
1963: Chairman of the Historic Buildings Council for England.
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