Conservative Party Archive: General Director's Office

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Broadcasting, 1951-60
By-Elections, 1952-63
Committee to examine the People's League for the Defence of Freedom and the Middle Class Alliance (Mr. Cohen's Committee), 1956-7
Party Organisation and Committee on Reorganisation, 1962-3


General Director's Office, 1951-63

Abstract:
Papers of the General Director's Office, 1951-63, including files relating to broadcasting, by-elections, the Selwyn Lloyd Enquiry into Party Organisation, and the committee set up to investigate The People's League for the Defence of Freedom, and the Middle Class Alliance.

Shelfmarks: CCO 120/1-4

Extent: 126 shelfmarks

Organisational History

The post of General Director at Conservative Central Office was created in February 1931 and arose from that of the Principal Agent, a position that dated back to 1885. The General Director was the full-time professional head of Central Office, answerable directly to the Party Chairman. Traditionally raised from the ranks of the agents, he had overall responsibility for the smooth running of the central party machine, although with an emphasis more on organisation and administration than on the publicity side. There were three occupants before the post was abolished by Edward Heath in June 1966: Sir Robert Topping (February 1931-September 1945, and Principal Agent since February 1928), Sir Stephen Piersenne (October 1945-August 1957) and Sir William Urton (August 1957-June 1966). Thereafter the various departmental directors answered directly to the Party Chairman and Vice Chairmen, a policy which was interrupted briefly in 1974 when Heath appointed Michael Wolff as Director General. Wolff, a former assistant to Heath, was removed by Margaret Thatcher when she assumed the leadership in 1975, and the post was again abolished.

Scope and Content

Despite the central position of the General Director in the party organisation between 1931 and 1966 few papers have been kept. The factors determining what has survived have been quite arbitrary, and the collection listed here represents only a small and miscellaneous fraction of the original. In the case of the papers of the 1963 Selwyn Lloyd Enquiry into Party Organisation (CCO 120/4/1-25), moreover, the General Director's Office appears merely to have been used as a depository for papers produced by others.

The collection nevertheless contains much of interest, from files on individual by-elections, to correspondence on broadcasting and politics. The working papers of the Selwyn Lloyd enquiry and the committee set up to investigate the People's League for the Defence of Freedom, and the Middle Class Alliance, equally provide valuable supplementary information to the final reports.

Restrictions on Access

General access conditions apply to this material.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library, Conservative Party Archive [followed by shelfmark, e.g. CCO 120/1/1].

Corporate names (NCA Rules)

Conservative Party | General Director's Office
Middle Class Alliance
People's League for the Defence of Freedom

Subjects (LCSH)

Broadcasting
Elections
Organization



Broadcasting, 1951-60

CCO 120/1/1 General 1951-3
CCO 120/1/2 General 1954-5
CCO 120/1/3 General 1956-7
CCO 120/1/4 General 1958-9
CCO 120/1/5 General 1960




By-Elections, 1952-63

CCO 120/2/1 Bournemouth East Feb. 1952
CCO 120/2/2 Farnworth Nov. 1952
CCO 120/2/3 Small Heath Nov. 1952
CCO 120/2/4 Wycombe Nov. 1952
CCO 120/2/5 Canterbury Feb. 1953
CCO 120/2/6 Barnsley Mar. 1953
CCO 120/2/7 Hayes and Harlington Mar. 1953
CCO 120/2/8 Isle of Thanet Mar. 1953
CCO 120/2/9 Stoke on Trent Mar.-Apr. 1953
CCO 120/2/10 Sunderland May 1953
CCO 120/2/11 Abingdon June-July 1953
CCO 120/2/12 Edgebaston June-July 1953
CCO 120/2/13 Broxtowe Sept. 1953
CCO 120/2/14 South Battersea Sept. 1953
CCO 120/2/15 Crosby Oct.-Nov. 1953
CCO 120/2/16 Holborn and St. Pancras Sept.-Nov. 1953
CCO 120/2/17 Ormskirk Oct.-Nov. 1953
CCO 120/2/18 Paddington North June-Dec. 1953
CCO 120/2/19 Ilford North Jan.-Feb. 1954
CCO 120/2/20 Haltemprice Feb. 1954
CCO 120/2/21 Harwich Feb. 1954
CCO 120/2/22 Bournemouth West Feb. 1954
CCO 120/2/23 Edinburgh East Feb.-Mar. 1954
CCO 120/2/24 Arundel and Shoreham Mar. 1954
CCO 120/2/25 Harrogate Mar. 1954
CCO 120/2/26 Aldershot Aug.-Oct. 1954
CCO 120/2/27 Aberdare Oct. 1954
CCO 120/2/28 East Croydon Sept.-Oct. 1954
CCO 120/2/29 Shoreditch Oct. 1954
CCO 120/2/30 Wakefield Oct. 1954
CCO 120/2/31 Morepeth Oct.-Nov. 1954
CCO 120/2/32 Sutton and Cheam Nov. 1954
CCO 120/2/33 West Derby Nov. 1954
CCO 120/2/34 Orpington Jan. 1955
CCO 120/2/35 South Norfolk Jan. 1955
CCO 120/2/36 Stockport South Jan.-Feb. 1955
CCO 120/2/37 Twickenham Jan.-Mar. 1955
CCO 120/2/38 Wrexham Mar. 1955
CCO 120/2/39 Gateshead Oct.-Nov. 1955
CCO 120/2/40 Greenock Nov. 1955
CCO 120/2/41 Torquay Nov.-Dec. 1955
CCO 120/2/42 Hereford Jan.-Feb. 1956
CCO 120/2/43 Blaydon Feb. 1956
CCO 120/2/44 Gainsborough Jan.-Mar. 1956
CCO 120/2/45 West Walthamstow Jan.-Mar. 1956
CCO 120/2/46 Tonbridge Apr.-June 1956
CCO 120/2/47 Newport Jan.-July 1956
CCO 120/2/48 Leeds North East Jan.-Oct. 1956
CCO 120/2/49 Taunton Jan.-Oct. 1956
CCO 120/2/50 Chester-le-Street Sept.-Oct. 1956
CCO 120/2/51 Chester Aug.-Dec. 1956
CCO 120/2/52 Carmarthen Nov. 1956-Feb. 1957
CCO 120/2/53 Melton Nov. 1956-Feb. 1957
CCO 120/2/54 By-Elections - general 1957
CCO 120/2/55 Wednesbury Jan.-Feb. 1957
CCO 120/2/56 Beckenham Jan.-Mar. 1957
CCO 120/2/57 Bristol West Jan.-Mar. 1957
CCO 120/2/58 Newcastle-upon-Tyne, North Mar. 1957
CCO 120/2/59 Warwick and Leamington Jan.-Mar. 1957
CCO 120/2/60 Edinburgh South May 1957
CCO 120/2/61 East Ham Mar. June 1957
CCO 120/2/62 Hornsey Feb.-June 1957
CCO 120/2/63 Lewisham North Jan.-June 1957
CCO 120/2/64 North Dorset May-June 1957
CCO 120/2/65 Gloucester Sept.-Nov. 1957
CCO 120/2/66 Leicester South East June-Dec. 1957
CCO 120/2/67 Ipswich Sept. 1957-May 1958
CCO 120/2/68 Kelvingrove Feb.-Mar. 1958
CCO 120/2/69 Rochdale Jan.-Mar. 1958
CCO 120/2/70 Torrington Feb.-Mar. 1958
CCO 120/2/71 North Islington Mar.-May 1958
CCO 120/2/72 Argyll May-June 1958
CCO 120/2/73 Ealing South Feb.-June 1958
CCO 120/2/74 Weston-super-Mare May-June 1958
CCO 120/2/75 Wigan June 1958
CCO 120/2/76 Chichester July-Nov. 1958
CCO 120/2/77 Aberdeenshire East Oct.-Nov. 1958
CCO 120/2/78 Morecombe and Lonsdale Aug.-Nov. 1958
CCO 120/2/79 Pontypool Oct. Nov. 1958
CCO 120/2/80 St. Helen's June-Nov. 1958
CCO 120/2/81 Shoreditch and Finsbury Nov. 1958
CCO 120/2/82 Southend West Oct. 1958-Jan. 1959
CCO 120/2/83 South West Norfolk Jan.-Mar. 1959
CCO 120/2/84 Belfast Mar. 1959
CCO 120/2/85 Whitehaven Apr.-June 1959
CCO 120/2/86 Ebbw Vale Oct.-Nov. 1960
CCO 120/2/87 Warrington Apr.-May 1961
CCO 120/2/88 Glasgow Bridgeton Nov. 1961
CCO 120/2/89 Orpington Mar. 1962
CCO 120/2/90 Swansea East Mar.-Apr. 1963




Committee to examine the People's League for the Defence of Freedom and the Middle Class Alliance (Mr. Cohen's Committee), 1956-7

CCO 120/3/1 Minutes 1956
CCO 120/3/2 Memoranda 1956
CCO 120/3/3 Correspondence 1956
CCO 120/3/4 History of the People's League and Middle Class Alliance and evidence of activities 1956
CCO 120/3/5 Report of Committee 1956
CCO 120/3/6 Minutes of Standing Committee on the People's League 1957




Party Organisation and Committee on Reorganisation, 1962-3

CCO 120/4/1 Selwyn Lloyd Enquiry into Party Organisation - correspondence with Party Chairman 1962-3
CCO 120/4/2 Selwyn Lloyd Enquiry into Party Organisation - 'Indispensable memoranda' handed to S.L., previous enquiry reports 1962-3
CCO 120/4/3 Selwyn Lloyd Enquiry into Party Organisation - Arrangements for S.L. to visit Areas 1962-3
CCO 120/4/4 Selwyn Lloyd Enquiry into Party Organisation - index to verbal evidence received 1962-3
CCO 120/4/5 Selwyn Lloyd Enquiry into Party Organisation - minutes of verbal evidence (1-40) 1962-3
CCO 120/4/6 Selwyn Lloyd Enquiry into Party Organisation - minutes of verbal evidence (41-75) 1962-3
CCO 120/4/7 Selwyn Lloyd Enquiry into Party Organisation - minutes of verbal evidence (76-153) 1962-3
CCO 120/4/8 Selwyn Lloyd Enquiry into Party Organisation - miscellaneous notes by S.L. on verbal evidence 1962-3
CCO 120/4/9 Selwyn Lloyd Enquiry into Party Organisation - correspondence with Party Treasurers 1962-3
CCO 120/4/10 Selwyn Lloyd Enquiry into Party Organisation - memoranda from Central Office 1962-3
CCO 120/4/11 Selwyn Lloyd Enquiry into Party Organisation - correspondence with MPs and Ministers 1962-3
CCO 120/4/12 Selwyn Lloyd Enquiry into Party Organisation - correspondence to arrange individual interviews 1962-3
CCO 120/4/13 Selwyn Lloyd Enquiry into Party Organisation - written evidence, index and memoranda (1-30) 1962-3
CCO 120/4/14 Selwyn Lloyd Enquiry into Party Organisation - written evidence, index and memoranda (31-60) 1962-3
CCO 120/4/15 Selwyn Lloyd Enquiry into Party Organisation - written evidence, index and memoranda (61-89) 1962-3
CCO 120/4/16 Selwyn Lloyd Enquiry into Party Organisation - written evidence, index and memoranda (91-101) 1962-3
CCO 120/4/17 Selwyn Lloyd Enquiry into Party Organisation - other written suggestions on organisation (1) 1962-3
CCO 120/4/18 Selwyn Lloyd Enquiry into Party Organisation - other written suggestions on organisation (2) 1962-3
CCO 120/4/19 Selwyn Lloyd Enquiry into Party Organisation - other written suggestions on organisation (3) 1962-3
CCO 120/4/20 Selwyn Lloyd Enquiry into Party Organisation - miscellaneous suggestions on organisation (1) 1962-3
CCO 120/4/21 Selwyn Lloyd Enquiry into Party Organisation - miscellaneous suggestions on organisation (2) 1962-3
CCO 120/4/22 Selwyn Lloyd Enquiry into Party Organisation - Agents' pay and conditions of employment 1962-3
CCO 120/4/23 Selwyn Lloyd Enquiry into Party Organisation - Women's National Advisory Committee 1962-3
CCO 120/4/24 Selwyn Lloyd Enquiry into Party Organisation - Report of S.L., draft, additional memoranda, final report 1962-3
CCO 120/4/25 Selwyn Lloyd Enquiry into Party Organisation - correspondence after publication of report 1962-3



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