The Papers of Brendan Bracken, Viscount Bracken of Christchurch
Scope and Contents
- 1948 - 1973
Biographical / Historical
He worked on the "Empire Review" and, in 1921, was introduced to Winston Churchill by J L Garvin. Bracken remained a loyal supporter to Churchill, despite heated arguments. He assisted Churchill with his 1923 election campaign for West Leicester and in the same year began to work for Eyre and Spottiswoode, editing "English Life", then "The Banker". Bracken's "social success was that of an unconventional ‘character’: a loud-mouthed know-all, impervious to rebuffs, who gatecrashed parties and insulted everyone with reckless abandon. His witty cracks were as renowned as his preposterous lies. When caught out, he would simply laugh." (Jason Tomes) In 1926, Bracken joined the board at Eyre and Spottiswoode and persuaded the firm to acquire a number of financial titles, including a stake in the Economist. These were run by Financial Newspaper Proprietors Ltd in which Bracken held shares.
In 1929, Bracken was elected Conservative MP for North Paddington, becoming Churchill's Parliamentary Private Secretary in 1939. He was Minister of Information from 1941-45 where he focused on giving the public as much information as possible without compromising security. In 1945, Bracken became First Lord of the Admiralty and Chairman of the Union Corporation. In 1945, Bracken lost his North Paddington seat but was elected later that year to Bournemouth East and Christchurch (until 1951). Viscount Bracken of Christchurch, created in January 1952, never took his seat in the Lords. He died on 8 August 1958.
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