Conservative Party Archive: Chairman's Office

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Table of Contents

Introduction
CHAIRMAN'S ENGAGEMENTS AND DUTIES, 1959-1985
    Chairman's Daily Business, 1959-1972
    Engagements and Visits, 1959-1983
    Chairman's Speeches and Articles, 1961-1985
    Chairman's Meetings with Leader, 1963; 1966-1967; 1983
    Speaking Engagements - Ministerial and general, 1963-1972
    Chairman's Ministerial duties, 1970-1972
    Personal, 1967-1969
    Party Conference, 1984-1985
        1984 Party Conference, Brighton, 1984-1985
CHAIRMAN'S OFFICE ADMINISTRATION, 1965-1974
    Office Administration, 1965-1967
    Chairman - Personal Assistant, 1969-1974
CHAIRMAN'S OFFICE CORRESPONDENCE, 1940-1985
    With, or concerning, the Party Leader, 1955-1979
    With, or concerning, Senior Party Members, 1940-1985
    General Correspondence (mainly with MPs and the General Public), 1949-1985
        Party Chairman Cecil Parkinson's correspondence with MPs, 1981-1983
        Party Chairman John Selwyn Gummer's correspondence with MPs, 1983-1985
    With Deputy, Joint and Vice-Chairmen, 1959-1974
    With, or concerning, the Party Vice-Chairmen, 1946-1972
    With, or concerning, the General Director, c1960s-1964
    With the Director General, 1974-1975
    With the Director of the Conservative Political Centre, 1967-1969
    With the Director of the Publicity Department, 1967-1974
PARTY STRATEGY AND TACTICS, 1947-1983
    Tactical Committee, c.1947-Sep 1951
    Liaison Committee, Dec 1951-1964; June 1970-1973
    Policy Initiatives & Methods Committee (later, the Tactical Committee), Feb 1966-Sep 1974
    Party Strategy Group, May-Sep 1974
    Strategy & Tactics Committee, 1977-1981
    Party Chairman's Weekly Meetings, 1966-1975
    Heads of Department meetings, 1967-1981
    Chairman's Organisation meeting, 1967-1968
    Party Strategy and Tactics (general) 1967-1983
THE PARTY ORGANISATION, 1946-1985
    Reviews and Restructuring of the Party Organisation, 1946-1984
    Liaison within the Party Organisation, 1950-1985
        Party Leader, 1963-1977
        The 1922 Committee, 1966-1974
        Younger Members Group [ie, of Conservative MPs], 1961-1962
        National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations (NUA), 1959-1981
        Area Offices, 1959-1981
            Area Chairmen, 1967-1974
            Eastern Area, 1967-1972
            Greater London Area, 1967-1985
            East Midlands Area, 1966-1972
            West Midlands Area, 1966-1970
            Northern Area, 1965-1971
            North West Area, 1966-1971; 1975
            Scotland, 1959-1981
            South East Area, 1966-1970
            Wales and Monmouth Area, 1966-1972
            Wessex Area, 1966-1971
            Western Area, 1966-1974
            Yorkshire Area, 1965-1974
        National Advisory Committees of the National Union, 1962-1983
            Young Conservatives, 1964-1983
            Students, 1965-1974
            Women, 1962-1971
        Constituency Associations, 1950-1983
            Circulars and Messages from the Party Chairman, 1950-1983
            Contact with individual constituency associations, 1965-1974
            Constituency and Area Resolutions, and Ministerial Replies, 1967-1972
            Agents, 1966-1980
        Conservative Research Department (CRD), 1965-1985
        Conservative Political Centre (CPC), 1967-1972
        Conservative Overseas Bureau, 1959-1972
        Swinton College, 1960-1974
        Conservative Party-affiliated organisations and think tanks, 1964-1974
            The Monday Club, 1964-1974
            The Bow Group, 1965-1971
            Society of Conservative Lawyers, 1970-1972
            Association of Conservative Clubs, 1967-1972
        Prospective Parliamentary Candidates, 1965-1975
        Party Publications, 1967-1982
PARTY POLICY, 1955-1985
    Policy - General, 1960-1981
    Economic Policy, 1957-1982
    Broadcasting, 1959-1984
    Electoral Law and Reform, 1960-1985
    Parliamentary Redistribution of Seats, 1966-1971
    Industry and Commerce, 1961-1981
    Policy Groups and Committees, 1961-79
    Europe, 1955-1984
    Housing, Land and Rates, 1962-1982
    Science and Technology, 1962-1969
    Defence, 1963-1983
    Northern Ireland, 1963-1974
    Pensions, 1963-70
    Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, 1966-1983
    Human Rights, 1968
    Nationalisation, 1964-1978
    Devolution and Regional Policy, 1966-7
    Education, 1969-1979
    Immigration and Race Relations, 1968-1979
    Health, 1968-1971
    Trade Unions, 1967-1984
    Transport, 1969-1971
    Local Government, 1959-1985
    Social Services, 1973-1981
    House of Lords Reform, 1967-1980
    Religion, 1981
CAMPAIGNING AND ELECTIONS, 1948-1985
    Party Publicity and Advertising, 1948-1983
    1959 General Election
    1964 General Election
    1966 General Election
    1970 General Election
    1974 General Election
    1979 General Election
    1983 General Election
    1979 European Elections
    1984 European Elections
    By-elections, 1965-1985
    Marginal Seats, 1962-1982
    Public Opinion and Psephology, 1960-1983
MONITORING OF, AND CONTACT WITH, OTHER POLITICAL PARTIES, 1946-1983
    Labour Party
    Liberal Party
    Social Democrat Party
PARTY FINANCE, 1959-1981
PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE, 1961-1980
HONOURS, 1957-1970
LEGAL DISPUTES, 1964-1980
PARTY DISCIPLINE, 1965-1980
    Local Party grievances and complaints, 1967-1980
    Minority Parties and Breakaway Groups, 1968-1970
    Right-Wing Organisations, 1965-1977


Party Chairman's Office, 1940-1985

Abstract:
Papers of the Chairman of the Conservative Party, 1940-1985

Shelfmarks: CCO 20/1-78

Extent: 1118 shelfmarks

Organisational History

The chairmanship is a central post within the Party organisation, and the Chairman wields considerable authority. The office of the Chairman was created in 1911 and the first incumbent, Sir Arthur Steel-Maitland, established the tradition that the post was one of cabinet or near-cabinet rank. Early Chairmen tended to take their papers with them upon relinquishing the post.

Scope and Content

The earliest papers in the collection date from 1940 and consist of miscellaneous correspondence with senior Party politicians. The Chairman was, and is, concerned with almost every aspect of Party organisation, strategy, publicity and, to a lesser extent, policy. There are, therefore, continuing series of correspondence with the Party Leader, other senior Party politicians and the deputy and vice-chairmen. The minutes of the Policy Initiatives and Methods/Tactical Committee are to be found here, as are those of the Chairman's own weekly meeting with departmental heads dating from 1966. There are interesting files on general elections, Party publicity, Party finance, local government, Europe, marginal seats, by-elections and public opinion research.

Restrictions on Access

Restricted access. Readers wishing to consult and reproduce material from the Chairman's Office of any date must obtain permission from Conservative Campaign Headquarters. Contact the Archivist for further details.

Please note: as and when a request for permission to access a file from this series is received, it is re-catalogued in more detail in order to provide Conservative Campaign Headquarters with sufficient information on its contents to determine whether it can be de-restricted. The resulting revised catalogue description will be added to the online catalogue shortly afterwards. It is intended that retrospective re-cataloguing of all the files shown here will take place in due course.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library, Conservative Party Archive [followed by shelfmark, e.g. CCO 20/1/1].

Corporate names (NCA Rules)

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CHAIRMAN'S ENGAGEMENTS AND DUTIES, 1959-1985

    Chairman's Daily Business, 1959-1972

CCO 20/13/1 Diaries (appointments) 1959
CCO 20/13/2 Diaries (appointments) 1960
CCO 20/13/3 Diaries (appointments) 1961
CCO 20/13/4 Diaries (appointments) 1962
CCO 20/13/5 Diaries (appointments) 1963
CCO 20/13/6 Diaries (appointments) 1964
CCO 20/13/7 Diaries (appointments) 1965
CCO 20/13/8 Diaries (appointments) 1966
CCO 20/13/9 Diaries (appointments) 1967
CCO 20/13/10 Diaries (appointments) 1968
CCO 20/13/11 Diaries (appointments) 1969
CCO 20/13/12 Diaries (appointments) 1970
CCO 20/13/13 Memos from personal assistant 1970-2

    Engagements and Visits, 1959-1983

CCO 20/14/1 R.A. Butler's main engagements since he became Party Chairman 1959-61
CCO 20/14/2 Visit to Hull Nov. 1967
CCO 20/14/3 Visit to Newcastle: briefing notes Apr. 1967
CCO 20/14/4 Speaking Engagements - Shadow Cabinet Oct. 1968- Jan. 1969
CCO 20/14/5 Briefing for Anthony Barber's visit to Accrington Conservative Club Dec. 1968
CCO 20/14/6 Political profile of Birmingham – personalities and issues – prepared prior to Party Chairman Anthony Barber’s visit to Birmingham on 6th November 1968, and correspondence concerning the preparations for his visit with his Personal Assistant, John Cope MP Nov. 1968
CCO 20/14/7 Visit to Wessex Mar. 1969
CCO 20/14/8 Visit to Reading Nov. 1969
CCO 20/14/9 Visit to Rugby May 1969
CCO 20/14/10 Visit to Nottingham Dec. 1969
CCO 20/14/11 Visit to Caernarvon and Conway Conservative Associations 1971
CCO 20/14/12 Press-cutting, press releases and itinerary for Party Chairman Anthony Barber’s visit to South Africa

Includes:-

  • Publications on South Africa
  • Biographical details on members of the South African Cabinet
  • Draft statement made by Barber upon his return, and some correspondence concerning the dinner talk he gave subsequently
Mar. 1970
CCO 20/14/13 Speeches 1970
CCO 20/14/14 Visit to Ulster Jan. 1971
CCO 20/14/15 Visit to Clapham June 1971
CCO 20/14/16 Visit to Hornchurch June 1971
CCO 20/14/17 Visit to Flintshire June 1971
CCO 20/14/18 Visit to Plymouth and West Devon c.1971
CCO 20/14/19 Detailed itineraries for Party Chairman Cecil Parkinson’s visits to the West Midlands Area, on 6th November 1981, 14th January 1983, and 29-30th April 1983 1981-3
CCO 20/14/20 Visit(s) to East Midlands 1981-3
CCO 20/14/21 Visit(s) to Yorkshire 1981-3
CCO 20/14/22 Visit(s) to Greater London Authority 1981-3
CCO 20/14/23 Visit(s) to Wales 1981-3
CCO 20/14/24 Visit(s) to Eastern 1981-3
CCO 20/14/25 Visit(s) to Western 1981-3
CCO 20/14/26 Visit(s) to Wessex 1981-3
CCO 20/14/27 Visit(s) to South Eastern 1981-3
CCO 20/14/28 Visit(s) to Northern 1982

    Chairman's Speeches and Articles, 1961-1985

CCO 20/28/1 Speeches 1961
CCO 20/28/2 Speeches - notes for Chairman's speeches (Lord Blakenham) Jan. 1964
CCO 20/28/3 Speech suggestions 1965-7
CCO 20/28/4 Speech drafts 1968
CCO 20/28/5 Speech drafts 1969
CCO 20/28/6 Speech drafts 1970
CCO 20/28/7 Speech drafts (1) 1971
CCO 20/28/8 Speech drafts (2) 1971
CCO 20/28/9 Speech drafts 1972
CCO 20/28/10 Speech drafts 1974-5
CCO 20/28/11 Lord Thorneycroft - speeches (I) Mar. 1975-July 1981
CCO 20/28/12 Lord Thorneycroft - speeches (II) Mar. 1975-July 1981
CCO 20/28/13 Lord Thorneycroft - speeches regarding Sir John Colville 1978-9
CCO 20/28/14 Transcripts of, and press releases containing extracts from, speeches made by Cecil Parkinson as Minister for Trade and Party Chairman

Includes speeches to:-

  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales Centenary Conference, London, 13/05/1980 [draft]
  • Westminster & City Programmes Conference, London, 12/06/1980 [speaking notes]
  • Swiss Institute of International Studies, Basle, 05/01/1981 [draft]
  • LCCI/EDF [London Chamber of Commerce and Industry/European Development Fund ?] Lunch, London, 02/02/1981 [rough notes]
  • Cambridge Union debate against Sir Michael Edwards, 23/02/1981 [rough notes]
  • Address to the European Democratic Group, London, 31/03/1981 [speaking notes]
  • Seminar on Overseas Development, Conservative Central Office, 30/04/1981
  • ESU International Summer School, 16/07/1981 [speaking notes]
  • Party Political Broadcast, Radio 4, 23/09/1981
  • Party Conference, 13/10/1981
  • 2-day visit to Western Area, 22/10/1981
  • Exeter Chamber of Commerce, 23/10/1981
  • Croydon North West By-election, 23/10/1981
  • National Conservative Trade Unionist Conference, Sheffield, 07/11/1981
  • Half-Yearly Meeting of the Wessex Provincial Area Council, Andover, 14/11/1981
  • Crosby by-election campaign, Crosby, 19/11/1981

May 1980-Nov 1981
CCO 20/28/15 Lord Parkinson - speeches 1982
CCO 20/28/16 Lord Parkinson - speeches 1982-3
CCO 20/28/17 Lord Parkinson - articles and messages 1981-3
CCO 20/28/18 John Selwyn Gummer - speeches 1983-4
CCO 20/28/19 John Selwyn Gummer - speeches 1985
CCO 20/28/20 John Selwyn Gummer - speeches, articles and messages 1984-5
CCO 20/28/21 John Selwyn Gummer - articles and messages 1984-5
CCO 20/28/22 Norman Tebbit - speeches 1983-5
CCO 20/28/27 Norman Tebbit - draft speeches 1985
CCO 20/28/32 Norman Tebbit - articles 1985

    Chairman's Meetings with Leader, 1963; 1966-1967; 1983

CCO 20/38/1 Weekly meetings at No. 10 May-July 1963
CCO 20/38/2 Weekly meetings with Mr Heath Nov. 1966-June 1967
CCO 20/38/3 Chequers Meeting Jan. 1983
CCO 20/38/4 Final Reports of policy groups, with accompanying letter dated 06/04/1983 from Peter Cropper, Director, Conservative Research Department, to Chancellor of the Exchequer Sir Geoffrey Howe, prior to a meeting at 11 Downing Street on 9th April 1983 to discuss preparation of the Party’s General Election Manifesto

Includes:-

  • Tax and Social Security Policy Group report, 31/03/1983
  • Family Policy Group report (chair: Lady Young), Feb 1983
  • Policy Group on the Promotion of Enterprise report, ND
  • Education Policy Group: Summary of report, ND
  • Final report of the Transport Policy Group (chair: John Lee), 24/03/1983
  • Inner Cities Policy Group report, ND
  • Nationalised Industries Policy Group report, ND
  • Report of the Employment Policy Group, Mar 1983
  • Paper, ‘The Pursuit of Peace’: draft chapter on Defence for the 1983 Manifesto, 30/03/1983
  • Paper, ‘Draft Manifesto with reference to Sport’, ND
  • Draft annotated typescript of 1983 Manifesto, ND [‘Draft Gamma’]

Feb-Apr 1983

    Speaking Engagements - Ministerial and general, 1963-1972

CCO 20/42/1 Ministerial Speaking campaign 1963-4
CCO 20/42/2 Speakers 1966-7
CCO 20/42/3 Speakers and Speaking engagements 1970-2

    Chairman's Ministerial duties, 1970-1972

CCO 20/76/1 Secretary of State for Wales 1970-2

    Personal, 1967-1969

CCO 20/63/1 Resignation of Edward du Cann 1967
CCO 20/63/2 Miscellaneous personal papers 1969

    Party Conference, 1984-1985

        1984 Party Conference, Brighton, 1984-1985

CCO 20/20/6 Brighton Bombing - Correspondence 1984
CCO 20/20/7 Brighton Bombing - Sympathy letters 1984
CCO 20/20/8 Brighton Bombing - Sympathy letters 1984
CCO 20/20/9 Brighton Bombing - Requiem at Westminster Abbey 1984-5
CCO 20/20/10 Brighton Bombing - "To Kill The Cabinet" newspaper article 1984




CHAIRMAN'S OFFICE ADMINISTRATION, 1965-1974

    Office Administration, 1965-1967

CCO 20/51/1 Office Personnel 1965-7

    Chairman - Personal Assistant, 1969-1974

CCO 20/74/1 J. Cope - general correspondence 1969-70
CCO 20/74/2 I. Deslandes 1970
CCO 20/74/3 C. Patten 1972-4
CCO 20/74/4 T. Eggar, A. Howarth 1974




CHAIRMAN'S OFFICE CORRESPONDENCE, 1940-1985

    With, or concerning, the Party Leader, 1955-1979

CCO 20/8/1 Correspondence with the Party Leader 1955
CCO 20/8/2 Chairman's Office correspondence with Macmillan and his Private Office Jan.-Dec. 1957
CCO 20/8/3 Chairman's Office correspondence with Macmillan and his Private Office

Correspondents include:-

  • d'Avigdor-Goldsmid, Major General Sir Henry, MP for Walsall
  • Bell, Sir Stanley, Chairman, Central Council, National Union and Chairman of the Party Conference (1958)
  • Balfour, Harold, 1st Baron Balfour of Inchrye
  • Butler, RA, Home Secretary, (1957-1962)
  • Duncan, Capt. Sir James, MP, Chairman of the Liberal Unionist Group
  • Edwards, Sir Eric, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations (1957-1965)
  • Fraser, Major Sir Hugh, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for War (1958-1960)
  • Gooden, John H, Chairman, West Dorset Liberal Association
  • Heath, Edward, Chief Whip (1955-1959)
  • Hogg, Quintin, Party Chairman (1957-1959)
  • Holland-Martin, CJ, MP
  • Kaberry, Donald, Vice Chairman - Candidates (c.1956-1961)
  • Langford-Holt, Sir John Anthony, MP
  • Macmillan, Harold, Prime Minister (1957-1963)
  • Manningham-Buller, Sir Reginald, Attorney General (1954-1962)
  • Montgomery, Bernard, Field Marshal, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, Deputy Supreme Commander, Allied Powers Europe (1951-1958)
  • Nabarro, Sir Gerald , MP
  • Ormsby-Gore, David, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (1957-1961)
  • Poole, Oliver, Deputy Party Chairman (1957-1959)
  • Powell, Enoch, MP for Wolverhampton South West (1950-1974)
  • Ward, George, Secretary of State for Air (1957-1960)
  • Woods Smith, J., Huddersfield Conservative Association
  • Wyndham, Sir John, Private Secretary to the Prime Minister (1957-1963)
  • Yates, William MP

Subjects include:-

  • Adoption of a parliamentary candidate by Huddersfield Conservative Association, 1959
  • Request for Macmillan to speak in Northampton, 1958
  • Request for Field Marshal Montgomery to address the Parliamentary Press Gallery, 1958
  • Availability of 16mm copies of the BBC’s ‘telerecording’ of the State Opening of Parliament for schools, 1958
  • Request for Macmillan to address the Association of Adopted Prospective Candidates at the Junior Carlton Club, 1958
  • Invitation for Macmillan to visit the Austin Works in Birmingham, 1958
  • Macmillan’s tour of the Northern Area, Jan 1959
  • Disappointing Gallup Poll published in The News Chronicle, 24/10/1958
  • Conservative Research Department brief for Field Marshal Montgomery concerning military operations in Cyprus, 1958
  • Field Marshal Montgomery’s offer of help for the Conservative Party, 1958
  • Chairmanship of the National Assistance Board, 1958
  • Arrangements for Macmillan’s tour of the West Midlands Area, Sep-Oct 1958
  • Possible general election in the Autumn of 1958
  • Appointment of the Lord Chief Justice in relation to the marginal seat of South Northants, 1958
  • Request for a delegation of mayors from Bolton, Blackburn, Burnley, Todmorden and Oldham to visit Macmillan concerning the plight of the cotton industry in Lancashire, 1958
  • Arrangements for Macmillan’s tours of Gloucestershire & Wiltshire, Staffordshire & Warwickshire, North Kent, 1958
  • Amplifying arrangements for Macmillan’s speech at the Albert Hall, London, May 1958
  • By-election results, 1958
  • Support from the Conservatives from Max Beaverbrook’s press group, 1958
  • The Steel Industry’s Anti-Nationalisation Campaign, 1958
  • Request for the Prime Minister’s support for the Liberal Unionist Group, 1958
  • Experimental extension of the Party Conference by one day, 1958
  • Public opinion survey in Rochdale since the by-election, 1958
  • Complaint from West Dorset Liberal Association concerning Lord Hailsham’s unfavourable references to the Liberals following the Rochdale by-election, 1958

Includes:-

  • Transcript of speech entitled ‘The Government We Need’ prepared for unknown speaker, possibly Field Marshal Montgomery, 27/10/1958
  • Draft transcript of Macmillan’s speech at Bromley inaugurating the Party’s recruitment drive, Sep 1958
  • Analysis of public opinion in Rochdale before and after the by-election of 13/02/1958, ND
  • Transcript of telegram from Macmillan to Lord Hailsham from Karachi congratulating him on his management of affairs during the Prime Minister’s absence, referencing Bulganin, Fuchs [Sir Vivien, British Antarctic explorer] and Peter Thorneycroft’s resignation, 12/01/1958
Feb 1958-Feb 1959
CCO 20/8/4 Chairman's Office correspondence with Macmillan and his Private Office

Correspondents include:-

  • Barber, Anthony, MP for Doncaster (1951-1964)
  • Bidgood, John Claude, MP for Bury and Radcliffe (1955-1964)
  • Brook, Norman Craven, Cabinet Secretary (1947-1962)
  • Bishop, F. A
  • Brown, Sir William Robson, MP for Esher (1950-1970)
  • Buchan, R. Alexander, Secretary and Agent of the Bury and Radcliffe Conservative and Unionist Association
  • Butcher, Sir Herbert Walter, Liberal Unionist MP for Holland with Boston (1937-1966)
  • Butler, RA, Home Secretary (1957-1962)
  • Carson, Murray A., Chairman of the Surrey Young Conservatives
  • Cunningham, J. A., Cambridge University Conservative Association
  • Deane, Margaret, Secretary of the Surrey Young Conservatives
  • Duncan, Capt. Sir James, MP, Chairman of the Liberal Unionist Group
  • Hogg, Quintin, Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone, Party Chairman (1957-1959)
  • Hughes-Hallett, MP, Vice-Admiral John, British Representative at the Council of Europe (1958-1960)
  • King, Cecil Harmsworth, Owner of the Daily Mirror and Sunday Pictorial
  • Lloyd, Geoffrey, Minister of Education (1957-1959)
  • Macmillan, Harold, Prime Minister 1957-1963)
  • Poole, Oliver, Deputy Party Chairman (1957-1959)
  • Simms, R. E. , Chief Publicity Officer [?], Conservative Central Office
  • Urton, Sir William, General Director, Conservative Central Office (1957-1966)
  • Woolton, Frederick, 1st Earl of,

Subjects include:-

  • 1959 General election congratulations
  • Cotton and the Conservatives’ general election manifesto, 1959
  • Attacks on the Conservative Government’s expenditure by Morgan Phillips, General Secretary of the Labour Party during the 1959 general election campaign
  • Invitation to Macmillan to dine with Cecil King, owner of Mirror Group Newspapers, 1959
  • Labour Party Political Broadcasts, 1959
  • Invitation to Macmillan to speak to King’s College, Newcastle Conservative Society, 1959
  • Possible meeting between Macmillan and Roy Thomson [newspaper proprietor and owner of the Kemsley group of newspapers including The Sunday Times], 1959
  • Request for financial assistance from the son of the Billy Ellis (deceased), formerly Conservative MP for Stockport, 1959
  • Cooperation with the Liberal Unionist Group, 1959
  • Visit by Macmillan to new towns in marginal constituencies, 1959
  • The Evening Standard’s request for an article from Lord Hailsham on his views on the hydrogen bomb, 1959
  • Disruption by the League of Empire Loyalists at a mass meeting in Blackpool addressed by Macmillan in Oct 1958, 1959
  • Invitation for Macmillan to address a mass meeting of the Surrey Young Conservatives in Feb 1960, 1959
  • Impact of the 1958 Education White Paper concerning Church Schools on the general election, 1959
  • 1959 local elections
  • Arrangements for the Prime Minister’s tour of the North West Area, 1959
  • Possible assistance from Sir Anthony Eden’s during the election campaign 1959
  • Lord Hailsham’s visit to Lancashire and concerns about unemployment, the plight of the cotton industry, Liberal intervention, and West Bolton’s refusal to renew its electoral pact with the Liberals, Mar 1959
  • Invitations to Macmillan to speak at both the Oxford University and Cambridge University Conservative Associations, 1959
  • Harrow East and South-West Norfolk by-elections, 1959
  • Arrangements for Macmillan to speak at the Home Counties North Area rally, Alexandra Palace, June 1959
  • Proposed television broadcast by Lord Woolton in response to one by Lord Attlee, 1959
  • Proposed visit of Macmillan to Bury, Lancashire, 1959
  • Macmillan’s speech to the Conservative Trade Unionists’ Annual Conference, 1959
  • Proposed Prime Ministerial engagements for 1959

Includes:-

  • Prime Minister’s Personal Minute concerning 250,000 less men serving in HM Forces compared to 1955, for inclusion in the election manifesto, 1959
  • Programme for Macmillan’s visit to Harlow, with map of the route of the tour, 06/08/1959
  • Prime Minister’s Personal Minute detailing his personal contacts with newspaper proprietors and editors, 04/05/1959
  • Newspaper cuttings from The Bury Times reporting Bury & Radcliffe MP John C Bidgood’s speech in support of Government policy towards the Lancashire textiles industry, 21/01/1959
Nov 1958-Oct. 1959
CCO 20/8/5 Chairman's Office correspondence with Macmillan and his Private Office

Correspondents include:-

  • Armitage , Cllr C.V., Chairman of the Stockton Conservative Association
  • Bligh, Sir Timothy, Principal Private Secretary to Harold Macmillan
  • Coles, Gerald, Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, Stockton-on-Tees (1962)
  • Collins, Diana, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
  • Collins, the Revd. Canon L. John, Chairman of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (1958-1964)
  • Davidson, Edward, Chairman of the Edward Heath Rectorial Committee
  • Douglas-Hamilton, 14th Duke of Hamilton, President of the Building Societies Association
  • Edwards, Sir Eric, Chairman, Executive Committee of the National Union (1957-1965)
  • Fraser, Michael, Director of Conservative Research Department (1959-1964)
  • Glyn, Sir Alan Jack, MP for Clapham (1959-1964)
  • Hall, Jean, Women’s Petition for International Disarmament
  • Hiley, Joseph, MP for Pudsey (1959-1974) and President of Leeds Chamber of Commerce
  • Kenrick, W.E., Vice-President of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce
  • Hughes, P., Hon. Secretary of the National Union of Teachers
  • Macleod, Iain, Party Chairman (1961-1963)
  • Macmillan, Harold, Prime Minister (1957-1963)
  • O’Brien, Gerald, Director of Publicity, Conservative Central Office
  • Pott, Henry Percivall, MP for Devizes (1955-1964)
  • Woodfield, Philip J.
  • Yonge, F., Miss, Personal Assistant to the Party Chairman

Subjects include:-

  • The Prime Minister’s meeting with the 1922 Committee Executive on 06/12/1962
  • Recording problems during Macmillan’s speech as mass meeting in Redruth, 30/11/1962
  • By-elections in South Dorset, Chippenham, South Northants, Central Norfolk, Woodside, Sep-Nov 1962
  • Rally to be addressed by Macmillan, Sophia Gardens Pavilion, Cardiff, 05/04/1963
  • Prime Minister’s speaking engagements for 1963, Nov 1962
  • Offer of assistance to the Conservative Party from Sir Frederick Hooper, of Schweppes, Oct 1962
  • Macmillan’s support for Edward Heath for the Glasgow University Rectorial Election, Sep 1962
  • Changes to the Leader’s mass meeting element at the annual Party Conference, Sep 1962
  • Arrangements for Macmillan’s speech to the Annual Local Government Conference on 16/11/1962
  • Leicester North East by-election, 12/07/1962
  • Resale Price Maintenance, July 1962
  • Iain Macleod’s comments on Macmillan’s draft speech at Luton Hoe, June 1962
  • The Dock Strike, May-June 1962
  • Middlesbrough West and West Derbyshire by-elections, June 1962
  • Invitation for Macmillan to address a general meeting of Bromley Association of the National Union of Teachers on 09/11/1962
  • Macmillan’s use of a neck microphone during rallies at the Albert Hall, London, and Luton Hoe, May-June 1962
  • Slum clearance and building of council houses, May 1962
  • Iain Macleod’s overview of the economic and political situation, May 1962
  • Invitation for Macmillan to speak at the Building Societies Association, Apr 1962
  • Stockton-on-Tees by-election, Apr 1962
  • Invitation for Macmillan to speak to the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, Mar-Apr 1962
  • Senior Ministers’ speaking engagements, 1960-1962
  • Nuclear testing and unilateral nuclear disarmament, Feb-Mar 1962
  • Orpington by-election, Mar 1962
  • Resolution on Government policy by South Oxfordshire (Henley) Conservative Association, Mar 1962
  • The Prime Minister’s visit to the 1922 Committee, Feb 1962
  • Wolfenden Report on Sport, Jan 1962
  • Invitation to the Prime Minister to attend the Caithness & Sutherland Unionist Association fete at Skibo Castle, Dec 1961

Includes:-

  • Message of congratulations from the Prime Minister to the Maghull Conservative Club on celebrating its Golden Jubilee, Mar 1962
Dec 1961-Dec 1962
CCO 20/8/6 Chairman's Office correspondence with Macmillan and his Private Office

[258 folios]

Correspondents include:-

  • Bidgood, John C, MP for Bury and Radcliffe
  • Blakenham, Lord, Party Chairman (1963-1965)
  • Bryan, Paul, Conservative Party Vice-Chairman
  • Carr, Wiliam Compton, MP for Barons Court
  • Clark, William, MP for Nottingham South, Chairman, Political Council of the Junior Carlton Club
  • Davenport-Handley, David, Chairman, Rutland and Stamford Conservative Association
  • Dean, Paul, Assistant Director, Conservative Research Department
  • Drayson, George Burnaby, MP for Skipton
  • Durant, RAB, Young Conservatives' Department, Conservative Central Office
  • Dyke, JW, Secretary and Agent, Hammersmith Conservative Association
  • Eccles, David, 1st Viscount Eccles
  • Edwards, Sir Eric, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the National Union
  • Glover, Sir Douglas, MP for Ormskirk
  • Goldman, Peter, Director, Conservative Political Centre
  • Heading, Roger, Cambridge University Conservative Association
  • Hewitt, John, Leader's Private Office
  • Johnston, Ian Lawson, 2nd Baron Luke, Chairman, 1963 Campaign for Education
  • Joseph, Sir Keith, Minister of Housing and Local Government
  • Lawson, Sir Nigel, Chairman, The Coningsby Club
  • Macleod, Iain, Party Chairman (1961-1963)
  • Poole, Oliver, 1st Baron Poole, Conservative Party Chairman (1961-1963)
  • Robson-Brown, Sir William, MP for Esher
  • Tugendhat, Christopher, Chairman, The Coningsby Club
  • Turner, Barbara L, Universities and Teachers’ Department, Conservative Central Office
  • Urton, Sir William, General Director, Conservative Central Office
  • Wyndham, John, Private Secretary to Macmillan
  • Zulueta, Philip Francis de, Private Secretary to Macmillan

Subjects include:-

  • Invitation for Macmillan to attend a dinner at the Carlton Club, Dec 1962
  • Invitation for Macmillan to attend a fete in Coventry, Jan 1963
  • Failure of the UK's EEC admission negotations, Jan 1963
  • Invitation for Macmillan to visit Bury, Feb 1963
  • Invitation for Macmillan and Lady Dorothy to attend the Junior Carlton Club's Political Ball, Feb 1963
  • Macmillan's attendance at the Conference of the Buildings Societies Association, Feb 1963
  • Invitation for Macmillan to address the Cambridge University Conservative Association, Feb 1963
  • Invitation for Macmillan to address the London Area Women's Annual Tea Party, Mar 1963
  • Resolution passed by Kettering Conservative & Unionist Association concerning de-nationalisation of the Steel Industry, Apr 1963
  • Macmillan's meeting with Party workers in Wolverhampton, Apr 1963
  • Macmillan's involvement with the 1963 Campaign for Education, Apr 1963
  • Proposed reform of the Conservative Party organisation, Apr 1963
  • Deputation from Rutland & Stamford Conservative Association concerning the proposed amalgamation of Leicestershire and Rutland into a new administrative county, Apr 1963
  • Request that RA Butler take on some of Macmillan's committee work to enable him to focus on presentation, May 1963
  • Bromley Conservative Association's concern that Macmillan, MP for Bromley, should not address public meetings in the constituency for fear of being disrupted, May 1963
  • Invitation for Macmillan to address the Haywards Heath Branch Young Conservatives, May 1963
  • The 'Marlow Declaration' concerning social and industrial relations and service of dedication concerning it to be held at Westminster Abbey, May 1963
  • Macmillan's invitation to address the Norwich Chamber of Commerce, May-Jun 1963
  • Message from Macmillan concerning to the Test Ban Treaty for inclusion in Pipeline, the journal of the Hammersmith Conservative Association, Jul 1963
  • Harold Wilson's proposed purchase of Soviet oil in return for British ship orders, Jul 1963
  • Macmillan's meeting with the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Church of England stance on the independent nuclear deterrent, Jul 1963
  • Selwyn Lloyd's proposal for a Commonwealth Economic Development Council, Aug 1963
  • The Labour Party's policy towards the textiles industry, Aug 1963
  • Visit of Macmillan to Skipton during his holiday at Bolton Abbey, Aug 1963
  • Daily Mail opinion poll, Aug 1963
  • Date of the 1964 General Election
  • Dinner with the Young Conservatives' National Advisory Committee Sep 1963
  • Invitation from the Coningsby Club, Sep 1963
  • Appointment of Dennis Vosper as Chairman of the National Assistance Board, Oct 1963
  • Macmillan's visit to address the Cambridge University Conservative Association, Nov 1963
  • Use of Macmillan in by-election campaigning, Apr 1964

Includes:-

  • Draft paper, 'National Union Review Committee' by Sir Douglas Glover, 08/01/1963
  • Memorandum from Iain Macleod to Macmillan (and earlier 2nd draft prepared by Michael Fraser) concerning the implications of the failure of the EEC entry negotiations, 24-25 Jan 1963
  • Leaflet, 'Challenge Accepted', featuring text of Macmillan's speech broadcast on 30/01/1963 concerning the breakdown of the EEC admission negotiations
  • Ministry of Housing and Local Government paper, 'Local Government Reorganisation: Notes on the Rutland proposals for Mr Macleod's meeting with Mr Kenneth Lewis' , ND [Feb 1963]
  • Minutes of meeting of Bromley Conservative Association's Education & Propaganda Committee, 14/05/1963
  • Transcript of interview with Macmillan by Professor Robert Mackenzie concerning Pointing the Way, Macmillan's memoirs covering the period 1959-1961, broadcast on BBC1 on 06/06/1972 [26pp]

Dec 1962-Nov 1963; Apr 1964; Jun 1972
CCO 20/8/7 Chairman's Office correspondence with Macmillan and his Private Office

Correspondents include:-

  • Bligh, Tim, Private Secretary to the Prime Minister
  • Boyle, Edward, MP for Birmingham Handsworth
  • Butler, RA, Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State
  • Dean, Paul, Assistant Director, Conservative Research Department
  • Eccles, David, 1st Viscount Eccles
  • Edwards, Sir Eric, Baron Chelmer, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the National Union
  • Evans, Harold, Press Secretary, Prime Minister's Private Office
  • Macleod, Iain, Party Chairman (1961-1963)
  • Macmillan, Maurice, MP for Halifax
  • Marquis, Frederick, 1st Earl of Woolton
  • Poole, Oliver, 1st Baron Poole, Conservative Party Chairman (1961-1963)
  • Zulueta, Philip Francis de, Private Secretary to Macmillan

Subjects include:-

  • Intervention of the Church of England in Richmond Borough Council elections, May 1963
  • Recruitment of two speechwriters in the Conservative Research Department to be at the disposal of the Prime Minister, May 1963
  • Recommendation to appoint Lord Poole to the Privy Council in the Birthday Honours, May 1963
  • Lunch for the Prime Minister organised by the Conservative Industrial and Commercial Committee, Jun 1963
  • Potential £50 million order of military aircraft from South Africa, Jun 1963
  • Message of support from Lord Chelmer, Chairmen of the Executive Committee of the National Union, concerning the attitude of Area Chairmen to the Government's difficulties, Jun 1963
  • Concern at suggestion that Major Holt, a Canadian tycoon, might make a donation of £50,000 towards the Conservative Party in the expection of being awarded a GBE, Jul 1963
  • The Labour Party's policy towards the textiles industry, Aug 1963
  • Personal attacks by the Opposition against Macmillan, Sep 1963
  • Resignation of Lord Poole as Joint Conservative Party Chairman, Oct 1963

Includes:-

  • Memorandum concerning Lord Carrington's options viz-a-vis a libel action against the Daily Express following his exoneration by the Radcliffe Tribunal, which was appointed to consider the case of the Soviet spy John Vassall, Apr 1963
  • Memorandum to the Prime Minister concerning presentation of the Government, Harold Evans, 10/05/1963
  • Draft statement [6pp] on behalf of the Government concerning the Profumo and Ward Affairs, author not given, ND [Jul 1963]
  • Memorandum to the Prime Minister concerning education policy, particularly in relation to the the London County Council and abolition of selection for secondary education, Edward Boyle, 03/07/1963
  • Conservative Research Department paper, 'The Cotton Industry', 21/08/1963 [Author: SSA/JPA]
  • Prime Minister's Personal Minute concerning consultations to be taken concerning the leadership of the Conservative Party in the event that he resigned due to ill health, 14/10/1963
  • Copy letter from Maurice Macmillan to Reginald Manningham-Buller, 1st Viscount Dilhorne, the Lord Chancellor, concerning Harold Macmillan's condition in hospital, 14/10/1963

Apr-Oct 1963
CCO 20/8/8 Chairman's Office correspondence with, and concerning, Sir Alec Douglas Home

Correspondents include:-

  • Banks, AN, Central Office Agent, South Eastern Area
  • Barr, Jeremy G.H., Hon. Secretary, University of York Conservative Association
  • Blakenham, John Hare, 1st Viscount, Conservative Party Chairman
  • Bowlby, Miss Angela, Leader's Private Office
  • Cann, Edward du, Conservative Party Chairman
  • Christ, George E, Editor of The Weekly News Letter
  • Craig, Colin, Personal Assistant to Party Chairman Lord Blakenham
  • Lindsey, John, Broadcasting Department, Conservative Central Office
  • Pearson, Sir Frank, Parliamentary Private Secretary to Sir Alec Douglas-Home
  • Turner, Miss Barbara L, Secretary, University and Teachers Department, Conservative Central Office
  • Walker, Susan, Conservative Party Vice-Chairman (Women)
  • Yonge, Miss Felicity, Private Secretary to Sir Alec Douglas-Home, Leader of the Opposition

Subjects include:-

  • Antipathy within the BBC and ITV towards the Conservative Party, Nov 1964
  • Requests for clarification from Douglas-Home of Conservative Party policy, for publication in the Newcastle University Courier, Feb 1965
  • Douglas-Home's practice sessions on using the Teleprompter, Mar 1965
  • Request for Douglas-Home to write an introductory article for the new Manchester University Conservative Association magazine, Mar 1965
  • Invitation to Douglas-Home to address the University of York Conservative Association, Apr 1965
  • The fielding of parliamentary candidates against the Conservative Party by the Federation of Ratepayers' Associations in the County of Sussex, Apr 1965
  • Dissatisfaction of Women with the Conservative Party, as reported to the Parliamentary Sub-Committee of the Conservative Women's National Advisory Committee, 07/05/1965
  • Proposed appointment of Sir Alec Douglas-Home as Shadow Foreign Secretary by his successor as Party Leader, 23/07/1965
  • Invitation for Douglas-Home to become Patron of the Nottingham University Conservative Association, Jul 1965
  • Resignation of Sir Alec Douglas-Home and election of Edward Heath as Party Leader, Jul-Aug 1965

Includes:-

  • Draft article for inclusion in the University of Manchester Conservative Association magazine, written by G.E. Christ on behalf of Douglas-Home, 19/03/1965
  • Draft typescript [3pp] of opening paragraphs for Douglas-Home's Leicester speech [26/03/1965] concerning recent by-elections at Saffron Walden and Roxburgh, ND [c.Mar 1965; includes annotations]
  • Draft typescript speech [6pp] to be given by Sir Alec Douglas Home concerning the subject of the Common Market, ND [c.Mar-Apr 1965; Author not given]
  • Typescript notes for Douglas-Home's resignation speech to the 1922 Committee, 19/07/1965 [Author not given]
  • Conservative Central Office press release containing the text of Sir Alec Douglas-Home's statement to the 1922 Committee concerning his resignation, 22/07/1965
  • Resolution forwarded by the Executive Council of Maidstone Conservative Association congratulating Heath on his election as Party Leader, and expressing appreciation for Sir Alec Douglas-Home, 28/08/1965

Nov 1964; Feb-Aug 1965
CCO 20/8/9 Correspondence with the Party Leader, Edward Heath

Correspondents include:-

  • Benton, Melissa, Chairman's Office, Conservative Central Office
  • Broad, Lewis, Author
  • Cann, Edward du, Conservative Party Chairman
  • Chapman, Mrs Margaret J., Hon. Secretary, Bognor Regis Central Ward Conservative Association
  • Clarke-Taylor, William, Chairman, The Belper Division of Derbyshire Conservative Association
  • Craig, Colin, Personal Assistant to Party Chairman Edward du Cann
  • Durant, R.A.B., Head of Young Conservatives' Department, Conservative Central Office
  • Fanshawe, Major General Sir Evelyn
  • Fraser, Sir Michael, Deputy Party Chairman
  • Gilmour, John, Chairman, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Central Office
  • Hall, John, MP for Wycombe
  • Iremonger, Tom L., MP for Ilford North
  • MacGregor, John, Leader's Private Office
  • O'Brien, Gerald, Broadcasting Department, Conservative Central Office
  • Quitman, Harold, Chairman, City of Westminster Chamber of Commerce
  • Rathbone, John R, Chief Publicity Officer, Conservative Central Office
  • Ridsdale, Julian, MP for Harwich
  • Stevens, John, Leader's Private Office
  • Taylor, Humphrey, Opinion Research Ltd, London
  • Urton, Sir William, General Director, Conservative Central Office
  • Thompson, Tommy, Head of Communications, Conservative Central Office
  • Wallis, Peter, Chairman, City of London Young Conservatives
  • Webster, Richard J, Chief Organisation Officer, Conservative Central Office

Subjects include:-

  • Invitation to address the Scottish Women's Annual Conference Rally, Edinburgh, Jul-Sep 1965
  • Proposed arrangments for dealing with public correspondence received by Heath's Private Office and the Party Chairman, Sep 1965
  • Heath's visit to Bristol, Oct 1965
  • Invitation for Heath to address the National Federation of Building Trades Employers, Nov 1965
  • Setting up of a Conservative Party committee to feed into the Lord Chancellor's review of the age of majority, Nov 1965
  • Heath's visit to Swansea, Nov 1965
  • Arrangements and cost of Edward Heath's Far East Tour, Dec 1965-Apr 1966
  • Review of the Party Organisation, Apr 1966
  • Publicity campaign concerning crime and protection rackets, May 1966
  • Invitation for Heath to address the Young Conservatives' 21st Birthday Dinner, May 1966
  • Schedule for Heath's visit to the United States, 29/05/1966-07/-6/1966
  • Request to write biography of Edward Heath, May 1966
  • Publicity arrangements for Heath's anniversary as Party Leader, Jun 1966
  • Invitation for Heath to the East Dunbartonshire Ladies Lunch, Jul 1966
  • Invitation for Heath to speak to the City of London Young Conservatives, Jul 1966
  • Invitation for Heath to speak to the City of Westminster Chamber of Commerce, Aug 1966
  • Arrangements for Heath's visit to Exeter and Taunton, Aug-Sep 1966
  • Proposed invitation to US Senator Bobby Kennedy to address a Young Conservatives' rally, Nov 1966
  • Planning for television Party Political Broadcasts, Dec 1966

Include:-

  • Memorandum, 'Machinery for Dealing with Public Correspondence', by John MacGregor, 07/09/1965
  • Memorandum, 'Northern Ireland', 28/09/1965
  • Itinerary for Heath's visit to Bristol, 30/10/1965
  • Itinerary for Heath's visit to the West Midlands, 17/01/1966
  • Note, 'General Election Meetings' Programme for the Rt. Hon. Edward Heath, MBE, MP', ND [c. Mar 1966]
  • 'Memorandum on Party Organization', Edward du Cann, 19/04/1966 [11pp]
  • Memorandum, 'Main engagements for the second half of the year', 12/07/1966
  • Memorandum, 'Main engagements for the rest of the year', 25/08/1966
  • Summary of Mr Heath's broadcasting coverage, 27/07/1966-27/08/1966, prepared by the Monitoring Service, Broadcasting Department, 02/09/1966
  • Notes for Heath's speech winding up the debate on 'Conservative policy in Opposition' during the Conservative Party Conference, 03/10/1966
  • Summary of Mr Heath's broadcasting coverage, 28/08/1966-28/09/1966, prepared by the Monitoring Service, Broadcasting Department, 05/10/1966
  • Memorandum, 'Mr Heath's Engagements for Monday, 31st October-Sunday, 6th November, 1966'
  • Memorandum concerning Conservative Party Political Broadcasts in 1967, Dec 1966

July1965-Dec 1966
CCO 20/8/10 Correspondence with the Party Leader, Edward Heath Jan.-June 1967
CCO 20/8/11 Correspondence with the Party Leader, Edward Heath July-Dec. 1967
CCO 20/8/12 Correspondence with the Party Leader, Edward Heath 1968
CCO 20/8/13 Correspondence with the Party Leader, Edward Heath Jan.-June 1969
CCO 20/8/14 Correspondence with the Party Leader, Edward Heath July-Dec. 1969
CCO 20/8/15 Correspondence with the Party Leader, Edward Heath Dec. 1969-Oct. 1971
CCO 20/8/16 Correspondence between the Party Chairman, Edward Heath, and Douglas Hurd (Political Secretary) on a variety of subjects [Includes lists of weekly engagements, speech extracts and pamphlets] Jan.1970-Oct. 1971
CCO 20/8/17 Correspondence between the Chairman, Edward Heath and Douglas Hurd (Political Secretary) on a variety of subjects [Includes lists of weekly engagements] Jan. 1974-Feb. 1974
CCO 20/8/18 Correspondence with Leader's Private Office, (William Waldegrave) June 1974-Feb. 1975
CCO 20/8/19 Correspondence, mainly between the Chairman's Office and Margaret Thatcher and the Leader's Private Office

Correspondents include:-

  • Bruce-Gardyne, J Conservative Board of Finance
  • Butler, Adam, MP, Parliamentary Private Secretary to Mrs Thatcher
  • Churchill, Winston S, MP for Stretford
  • Clark, William, Deputy Party Chairman
  • Clarke, Windsor, Chairman, General Election News Conferences Committee, Westminster Press Ltd
  • Garner, Sir Anthony, Director, Organisation Department, Conservative Central Office
  • Glyn, Alan Dr, MP for Windsor and Maidenhead
  • Henson, H, Director, Henson’s Decorators Ltd, Headingly, Leeds
  • Howarth, Alan, Personal Assistant to Party Chairman Lord Thorneycroft
  • Iveson, Tony, Director of Information Services, Trust Houses Forte Limited
  • Le Bosquet, Peter, Vice-Chairman, Nottingham Conservative Association
  • Leigh, Edward, Leader’s Private Office
  • Muirhead, J, Organising Secretary, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Association
  • Neave, Airey, Leader’s Private Office
  • Osborne, Lady, Chairman, Leicester Conservative Federation
  • Oxenbury, Shirley, Chairman’s Office
  • Patten, Chris, Director, Conservative Research Department
  • Rook, Major Alan, Chairman, Nottingham Federation of Conservative Associations
  • Saunders, W, Monmouth Trades Union Advisory Committee
  • Thatcher, Margaret, Party Leader
  • Thorneycroft, Lord, Party Chairman
  • Watkinson, Viscount Harold, President, Confederation of British Industry (1976-1977)

Subjects include:-

  • Referendum on the Common Market, 1975
  • Cancellation of Mrs Thatcher’s visits to Nottingham and Leicester Conservatives, Jun 1975
  • Appointment of Leon Brittan as the official link between the Conservative Parliamentary Party and academics, Jul 1975
  • Financial crisis in Conservative Central Office, Jul 1975
  • Complaint against Mrs Thatcher’s ‘Do-it-yourself’ campaign, Oct 1975
  • Presentations against electoral change, Jan 1976
  • Lunch with potential donors to the Conservative Party, Sir Charles Forte of Trust House Forte and Lord Alf Robens, of Vickers, Mar 1976
  • Resignation of Lord Chelmer as Joint Party Treasurer and the future relationship between remaining Joint Treasurers Lord McAlpine and Lord Ashdown, Apr 1976
  • Notes for a proposed speech for Mrs Thatcher to make in an attempt to resolve difference within the Party over economic policy, May 1976
  • Denial of Shadow Cabinet discussions on the possibility of coalition in the event of Harold Wilson’s resignation, Mar 1976
  • Liaison between the Conservative Party and Confederation of British Industry, June 1976
  • Appearance of Mrs Thatcher on Thames Television programme ‘Good Afternoon’, July 1976
  • Use of 3 slots for party political broadcasts on Radio 4, August 1976
  • Edward Heath’s attendance at the 1976 Conservative Party Conference, Sep 1976
  • The Swedish election results, 20/09/1976
  • Joint campaign with the Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors and the Nation Federation of Building Trade Employers against the Labour Party’s plans for local authorities’ direct labour organisations, Oct 1976
  • Mrs Thatcher’s visit to Gravesend and refusal to give a pre-arranged interview for BBC Radio Medway, 18/10/1976
  • Dinner with Area Chairmen, Nov 1976
  • Poor Conservative campaign during the Newcastle Central by-election, Nov 1976
  • Proposed joint venue for parties’ daily press conferences during General Election campaign, Nov 1976
  • Reducing expenditure in the public sector under a Conservative administration, Dec 1976
  • Reflections on 1976 and plan of action for 1977, Jan 1977
  • Merger of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Association with the National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations
  • Proposed Minister for Trade Union Affairs, Mar 1977
  • Potential candidates for replacing Sir Peter Kirk as leader of the Conservative delegation in the European Parliament, Apr 1977
  • Formation of the European Democrat Union, Sep 1977
  • Resignation of William Clark MP as Deputy Chairman, Nov 1977
  • Pantomime performance of the ‘Wizard of Oz’, featuring Norman St John Stevas, along with Denis Healey MP and Cyril Smith MP and others, to be broadcast on BBC1 on 19/12/1977

Includes:-

  • Analysis of letters sent to Mrs Thatcher between mid-September and mid-November 1975, by Edward Leigh, 21/11/1975
  • Report on the Swedish general election, by Dr Alan Glyn MP
  • Mrs Thatcher’s programme for the 1976 Conservative Party Conference, Oct 1976
  • List of Mrs Thatcher’s engagements, Jan-July 1976, ND
  • Itinerary for Mrs Thatcher’s visit the China, Japan and Hong Kong, 6-19 Apr 1977

1975-1977
CCO 20/8/20 Correspondence with the Party Leader, Margaret Thatcher 1978
CCO 20/8/21 Correspondence with the Party Leader, Margaret Thatcher 1978-9

    With, or concerning, Senior Party Members, 1940-1985

CCO 20/1/1 R.A. Butler [Variously:- Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (1940-1941); Chairman, Conservative Research Department (1945-1965); Chancellor of the Exchequer (1951-1955); Leader of the House of Commons (1955-1961); and Home Secretary (1957-1962)]

Correspondents include:-

  • Anderson, John, Chancellor of the Exchequer (1943-1945)
  • Assheton, Ralph, Party Chairman (1944-1946)
  • Bourne, Lady Hester, Vice-Chairman (1939-1943)
  • Chapman-Walker, M, Chief Publicity Officer, Conservative Office
  • Davidson, Frances-Joan, Conservative MP for Hemel Hempstead (1937-1959)
  • Hacking, Douglas, Party Chairman (1936-1942)
  • Hogg, Quintin, Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone, Party Chairman (1957-1959)
  • Morrison, John, Chairman of the 122 Committee (1955-1964)
  • Topping, Sir Robert, General Director, Conservative Central Office (1931-1945)
  • Woolton, 1st Earl of, Frederick James Marquis, Party Chairman (1946-1955)

Subjects include:-

  • Research carried out between June-September 1940 by Margaret Godley under the direction of RA Butler, primarily concerning intelligence-gathering on other organisations in the fields of post-War reconstruction
  • Friendly Societies
  • Paper allocation for the 1945 general election
  • Co-Partnership in Industry
  • Reconstitution of the Conservative Research Department after the War
  • Conservative Party exhibition (Trust the People) held at Dorland Hall, London, June-July 1947
  • Production of publicity literature
  • Ernest Marples MP and Conservative policy on housing and leasehold reform
  • Equal salaries for women
  • Sur-Tax and the effect on stockbrokers
  • Bias in BBC reporting
  • Vice in London
  • Use of hoardings
  • House of Commons (Redistribution of Seats) Act 1949
  • Repeal of Section 88 of the Representation of the People Act 1949
Aug-Sep 1940; Dec 1944-Jan 1958
CCO 20/1/2 Correspondence between the Chairman's Office and Sir Anthony Eden

Correspondents include:-

  • Greville, Ronald, Personal Assistant to Party Chairman Lord Woolton
  • [Lockhart?] Bruce, formerly Director-General of the Political Warfare Executive
  • Woolton, Frederick James Marquis, 1st Earl of, Party Chairman (1946-1955)

Subjects include:-

  • Recommendations for unspecified Party publicity post, Nov 1945
  • Poor state of Government public relations and proposal to recruit Guy Schofield, Editor of the Daily Mail, Sep 1954
  • Timing of the 1955 General Election, Jan 1955
  • 1955 local elections, April 1955

1945-1955
CCO 20/1/3 Correspondence with and concerning Harold Macmillan

Correspondents include:-

  • Chapman-Walker, Mark, Chief Publicity Officer, Conservative Central Office
  • Churchill, Sir Winston, Party Leader
  • Macmillan, Harold, Minister of Housing and Local Government (1951-1954)
  • Piersenne, Sir Stephen, General Director, Conservative Central Office
  • Rankin, CWB, Private Secretary to the Lord Chancellor
  • Seddon, JC, (Recipient), Lord Chancellor’s Office
  • Sidney, William, 6th Baron De L’Isle, Treasurer’s Department, Conservative Central Office
  • Woolton, Frederick James Marquis, 1st Earl of, Party Chairman (1946-1955)

Subjects include:-

  • Restructuring of the Shadow Cabinet, 1945; 1948
  • Nationalisation, 1949
  • Convention that the Minister for Local Government abstains from direct intervention in local government elections, Feb 1952
  • Appointment of Justices of the Peace in County Durham, Aug 1954

Includes:-

  • Memorandum by Macmillan concerning the inadequacy of the Shadow Cabinet for policy-making, and urging the creation of a smaller ‘managing committee’, Jan1948
  • Memorandum by Macmillan concerning possible election policy, [20pp], 18/01/1949
  • Newspaper cuttings from the Daily Herald concerning Macmillan’s admission during a speech at Newport that nationalisation of gas, water, and gas were ‘suitable to national ownership and control’, Mar 1949
  • Memorandum from Macmillan to Lord Woolton concerning the Liberal vote, 02/03/1950 Memorandum by Macmillan entitled, ‘Principles’, [7pp], 29/06/1950

Jan 1948-Aug 1954
CCO 20/1/4 Letters from Sir Maxwell-Fyfe to Party Chairman Lord Woolton

Subjects include:-

  • The implications for bus fares if municipally-owned bus companies are nationalised, Feb 1949
  • English representation on the Central Council in Scotland, May 1949

Includes:-

  • Memorandum presented to the Conservative Backbench Parliamentary Transport Committee, ‘Municipal Elections 1949: Nationalisation of Municipal Passenger Transport Services’, ND [c.Feb 1949]

Feb-May 1949
CCO 20/1/5 Party Chairman's correspondence with Edward Heath, Chief Whip (1955-1959)

Correspondents include:-

  • Harvey, John E, MP
  • Hogg, Quintin, Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone, Party Chairman (1957-1959)
  • Macmillan, Harold, Prime Minister (1957-1963)
  • Poole, Oliver, Deputy Party Chairman (1957-1959)
  • Simms, R., Chief Publicity Officer [?], Conservative Central Office

Subjects include:-

  • De-selection of Nigel Nicolson, Conservative MP for Bournemouth and his candidacy for York constituency
  • Local authorities' use of direct labour without competition
  • Political honours
  • Privy Counsellorship for the leader of the Ulster Unionists
  • Commercial television
  • Financial state of the Constitutional Club
  • Education White Paper
  • Formation of a 'Younger Members Group' of Conservative MPs
  • Ability of the Hereford MP and Agent
  • Lord Lieutenancy of Cumberland
  • Criticism of Deputy Party Chairman Oliver Poole's article We have a fine case
  • Embargo on requests for certain Conservative MPs to speak on the subject of the Rent Act
  • Interview with Hugh Gaitskell, leader of the Labour Party
  • Closure of Royal Ordnance Factories
  • Refusal of 8 Conservative MPs to follow the Conservative Whip over the Suez Crisis
  • Brigadier John Smyth's possible resignation as MP for Norwood
1956-1959
CCO 20/1/6 Party Chairman's correspondence with Martin Redmayne, Chief Whip (1959-1964)

Correspondents include:-

  • Allan, Robert MP
  • Banks, N., Central Office Agent
  • Blakenham, Viscount, Minister for Labour (1960-1963) and Party Chairman (1963-1965)
  • Brooke, Henry, Home Secretary (1957-1962)
  • Bryan, Sir Paul, Vice-Chairman (1961-1965)
  • Butler, RA., Home Secretary (1957-1962)
  • Craddock, Sir Beresford, MP
  • Curran, Charles, MP
  • Fraser, Michael, Director, Conservative Research Department (1959-1964)
  • Galloway, J., Central Office Agent
  • Goldman, Peter
  • Griffiths, Sir Eldon Wylie, Conservative Research Department
  • Harrison, Brian, MP
  • Hobson, Sir John, Attorney General (1962-1964)
  • Lindsay, Robert Alexander, MP
  • Lloyd, Selwyn, Chancellor of the Exchequer (1960-1962)
  • Low, Sir Toby, Deputy Party Chairman (1959-1963)
  • Macleod, Iain, Party Chairman (1961-1963)
  • Maudling, Reginald, Chancellor of the Exchequer (1962-1964)
  • Morrison, Major J., MP
  • Poole, Oliver, Vice Chairman (1963-1964)
  • Talbot, John E., MP for Brierley Hill (1959-1967)
  • Urton, Sir William, General Director, Conservative Central Office (1957-1966)

Subjects include:-

  • Court case of John Talbot, MP for Brierley Hill, for non-payment of tax on his parliamentary salary, 1964
  • Public enquiry into proposals for Shropshire County Council, 1964
  • Proposed pamphlet on Trade Union Law and Practice, 1964
  • Contact between the Labour Party and the World Bank
  • Radio Caroline (pirate radio station), 1964
  • Bury St Edmunds' by-election, 1964
  • Hove Conservative Association and dissatisfaction with the sitting MP Anthony Marlowe, 1964
  • Proposal of Godfrey Lagden, MP for Hornchurch, to produce a publicity film visiting his constituents from the Ford Motor Works on holiday in the South of France, 1964
  • The Steel Industry, Restricted Practices Court and nationalisation
  • Romford Conservative Association and tensions between the parliamentary candidate and chairman, 1964
  • Complaint about Julian Critchley, MP for Rochester and Chatham, 1964
  • Liaison between Conservative Central Office and Aims of Industry, 1963-1964
  • Financial problems of Geoffrey Wilson, MP for Truro, 1963
  • Anthony Eden's advice on dealing with the veto to the UK's entry into the Common Market, 1963
  • The Wrekin Conservative Association's support for Macmillan against the sitting MP William Yates, 1963
  • Parliamentary Boundary Commission proposals for the Midlands, 1963
  • Britain's independent nuclear deterrent, 1963
  • Encouragement for Ministers to increase the amount of contact time with Party workers during official engagements, 1963
  • Resignation of William Steward, parliamentary candidate and formerly MP for West Woolwich and his candidacy for Central Norfolk, 1963
  • Complaint that Anthony Fell, MP for Great Yarmouth, urged constituents in Tunbridge Wells to vote against fellow Conservative MP Richard Hornby over the latter's support for the Common Market, 1962
  • Remarks made by David Eccles, Minister of Education at the Party Conference concerning private preparatory schools, 1962
  • Criticism of the Board of Trade and the adequacy of legislation to prevent 'dumping' of foreign agricultural produce in the UK, 1961
  • Lack of acknowledgement from the Prime Minister of Colonel Lancaster's 21 years as MP for South Fylde, 1959
Nov 1959; July 1961-Sep 1964
CCO 20/1/7 Party Chairman's correspondence with miscellaneous Ministers

Correspondents include:-

  • Boyle, Sir Edward, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Education (1957-1959)
  • Brooke, Henry, Minister of Housing and Local Government (1957-1961)
  • Butler, RA, Home Secretary (1957-1962)
  • Eccles, Sir David, President of the Board of Trade (1957-1959)
  • Eden, Sir Anthony, Prime Minister (1955-1957)
  • Fletcher-Cooke, Charles, MP
  • Fraser, Alexander Arthur, MP
  • Fraser, Michael, Director, Conservative Research Department (1959-1964)
  • Harrod, Professor Sir Henry Roy Forbes
  • Harvey, Lieutenant-Colonel Ian Douglas, MP
  • Heald, Sir Lionel Frederick, MP
  • Heath, Edward, Chief Whip (1955-1959)
  • Heathcoat-Amery, Derick, Chancellor of the Exchequer (1958-1960)
  • Hill, Charles, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1957-1961)
  • Hogg, Quintin, Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone, Party Chairman (1957-1959)
  • Home, 14th Earl of, Alec Douglas-Home, Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations (1955-1960)
  • Lloyd, Geoffrey, Minister of Education (1957-1959)
  • Lloyd,Selwyn, Foreign Secretary (1955-1960)
  • Low, Sir Toby, Deputy Party Chairman (1959-1963)
  • Macleod, Iain, Minister of Labour and National Service (1955-1959)
  • Macmillan, Harold, Prime Minister (1957-1963)
  • Manningham-Buller, Sir Reginald, Attorney General (1954-1962)
  • Oliver, SBH, Hon. Secretary of the Wales and Monmouthshire Conservative and Unionist Council
  • Poole, Oliver, Party Chairman (1955-1957) and Deputy Party Chairman (1957-1959)
  • Selkirk, 10th Earl of, George Nigel Douglas-Hamilton, First Lord of the Admiralty (1957-1959)
  • Simpson, Edward Hugh
  • Watkinson, Harold, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation (1955-1959)
  • Ward, George, Secretary of State for Air (1957-1960)

Subjects include:-

  • Possible appointment of Harman Grisewood, formerly of the BBC, in the Broadcasting Department, Conservative Central Office, 1959
  • Timothy Raison's CPC pamphlet The Missile Years concerning the relative costs of nuclear deterrent systems, 1959
  • Conservative manifesto policy towards the Arts, 1959
  • The Government's powers to de-control rents under the Rent Act, 1959
  • Speech campaign by Cabinet Ministers, Summer 1959
  • CPC pamphlet, Everyman a Capitalistconcerning proposed new 'industrial investment certificates', 1959
  • Legal Aid, 1959
  • Seizure of cameras from British troops returning from active duty in Cyprus by HM Customs, 1959
  • House of Lords' debate on the Youth Service, 1959
  • Anglo-Egyptian Agreement over the Suez Canal Base, 1959
  • Unemployment figures, 1959
  • Restrictive Practices Court and the Yarn Spinners' Agreement, 1959
  • The TUC's refusal to accept affiliation of Aeronautical Engineers' Association members employed by BOAC, 1958-1959
  • The Bus Strike, 1958
  • United Nations Association and disarmament, 1958
  • Inflation, 1958
  • Peter Thorneycroft's resignation as Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1958
  • Appointment of a Scottish Liaison Officer at Conservative Central Office, 1957
  • Duchy of Lancaster investments, 1957
  • Visit by James Ackers to Moscow, 1957
  • Appointment of a Secretary of State for Wales, 1957
  • Dispute between the Insurance Brokers' Association and the Export Credits Guarantee Department, 1957
  • Teachers' Superannuation Bill 1955
Dec 1955; Mar 1957-Nov 1959
CCO 20/1/8 Party Chairman's correspondence with, and concerning, Sir Winston Churchill

Correspondents include:-

  • d'Avigdor-Goldsmid, Major-General Sir Henry, MP for Walsall South
  • Brook, Sir Norman, Cabinet Secretary (1947-1962)
  • Butler, RA, Home Secretary (1957-1962)
  • Cann, Sir Edward du, Party Chairman (1965-1967)
  • Churchill, Lady Clementine
  • Churchill, Sir Winston
  • Douglas-Home, Alec, Leader of the Opposition (1964-1965)
  • Eden, Sir Anthony
  • Fraser, Michael, Director, Conservative Research Department (1959-1964)
  • Macleod, Iain, Party Chairman (1961-1963)
  • Macmillan, Harold, Prime Minister (1957-1963)

Subjects include:-

  • Controversy concerning publication of a list of Life Peers, 1965
  • Churchill's charitable legacies, 1965
  • Sculpture of Sir Winston Churchill by Oscar Nemon for the entrance to Conservative Central Office, 1965
  • Condolences upon the death of Sir Winston Churchill from the People's National Congress, British Guiana, 1965
  • Text of telegrams sent to Sir Winston Churchill congratulating him on his 90th birthday, from Conservative Central Office, and Alec Douglas-Home on behalf of the Conservative Party, 1964
  • Request from Churchill that a vacancy be found for his former Agent in Woodford constituency, Colonel William Hubert Barlow-Wheeler, 1960
  • Preparation for an obituary and arrangements to broadcast formal tributes on the BBC and ITV in the event of Churchill's death, 1959-1961
Nov 1959-May 1965
CCO 20/1/9 Party Chairman's correspondence with miscellaneous Ministers

Correspondents include:-

  • Bemrose, Sir John Maxwell, Chairman, East Midlands Provincial Area, National Union (1957-1961)
  • Bevins, Reginald, Postmaster General (1959-1964)
  • Boyle, Sir Edward, Financial Secretary to the Treasury (1959-1962)
  • Brooke, Henry, Minister of Housing and Local Government (1957-1961)
  • Butler, RA, Home Secretary (1957-1962) and Party Chairman (1959-1962)
  • Fraser, Michael, Director, Conservative Research Department (1959-1964)
  • Heathcoat-Amery, Derick, Chancellor of the Exchequer (1958-1960)
  • Home, 14th Earl of, Alec Douglas-Home, Foreign Secretary (1960-1963)
  • Hornsby-Smith, Patricia, MP for Chislehurst (1950-1966)
  • Lloyd, Selwyn, Chancellor of the Exchequer (1960-1962)
  • Low, Sir Toby, Deputy Party Chairman )1959-1963)
  • Macleod, Iain, Secretary of State for the Colonies (1959-1961) and Party Chairman (1961-1963)
  • Macmillan, Harold, Prime Minister (1957-1963)
  • Marples, Ernest, Minister of Transport (1959-1964)
  • Ward, Irene, MP for Tynemouth (1950-1974)
  • Wood, Richard, Minister of Power (1959-1963)

Subjects include:-

  • Performance of Iain Macleod and Selwyn Lloyd in television interviews, 1961
  • Broadcasting policy and the Pilkington Report, 1961
  • CPC Two-Way Topic report on immigration into Britain, 1961
  • Appointment of James Greenwood to fill a vacancy on the Thames Conservancy Board, 1961
  • Appointment of a specialist on African Affairs to the British Embassy in Cairo, 1961
  • Liberal Party campaign in the West Country to alert home-owners to tax-relief schemes, 1961
  • The Economy, specifically income tax, surtax and tariffs, 1961
  • Closer ministerial links with Conservative parliamentary committees and the 1922 Committee, 1961
  • Dispute concerning the erection of pylons on the land of Mr K Gabler of Newton Valence, Hampshire by the Central Electricity Board, and claims that this was done to spare the land of Richard Sharples, Conservative MP and a Junior Whip, 1960
  • Increase in size of the Civil Service, 1960 [including copy of Conservative Research Department brief PI(60)6 concerning the Civil Service]
  • Refusal to grant a British passport to Professor KA Busia, former leader of the Opposition in Ghana, 1960
  • High Court proceedings against Henry Brooke, Minister of Housing and Local Government, 1960
  • Amalgamation of the Arts Council with the Carl Rosa Trust, 1960
  • Surrey Young Conservatives' Weekend Conference rejection of a resolution supporting the reintroduction of corporal punishment, 1960
  • Ghanaian politics, 1960
Jan 1960-Dec 1961
CCO 20/1/10 Party Chairman's correspondence with miscellaneous Ministers

Correspondents include:-

  • Amery, Julian, Minister of Aviation (1960-1962)
  • Barber, Anthony, Financial Secretary to the Treasury (1962-1963)
  • Boyle, Sir Edward, Minister of Education (1962-1964)
  • Carr, Robert, MP for Mitcham (1950-1974)
  • Dilhorne, Reginald Edward Manningham-Buller, 1st Viscount, Lord Chancellor (1961-1962)
  • Freeth, Denzil, Parliamentary Secretary for Science (1961-1963)
  • Hill, Charles, Minister of Housing and Local Government and Welsh Affairs (1961-1962)
  • Hobson, Sir John, Attorney General (1962-1964)
  • Kilmuir, 1st Earl of, Lord Chancellor (1954-1962)
  • Lloyd, Selwyn, Chancellor of the Exchequer (1960-1962)
  • Low, Sir Toby, Deputy Party Chairman (1959-1963)
  • MacGregor, Alasdair Alpin
  • Macleod, Iain, Party Chairman (1961-1963)
  • Macmillan, Harold, Prime Minister (1957-1963)
  • Marples, Ernest, Minister of Transport (1959-1964)
  • Maudling, Reginald, Chancellor of the Exchequer (1962-1964)
  • Powell, Enoch, Minister of Health (1960-1963)
  • Redmayne, Martin, Chief Whip (1959-1964)
  • Soames, Christopher, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1960-1964)
  • Thorneycroft, Peter, Defence Secretary (1962-1964)
  • Vosper, Dennis, Secretary for Technical Co-operation (1961-1963)
  • Wood, Richard, Minister of Power (1959-1963)

Subjects include:-

  • Public opinion and the Common Market, 1962
  • Pre-Party Conference schedule of Ministers' speeches, 1962
  • Continued use of old workhouses and political capital made of this by the Labour Party, 1962
  • Appointment of Lord Shackleton as Chairman of the Inland Waterways Board, 1962
  • Service pensions, 1962
  • Economic policy, 1962
  • Honours for Party workers outside London, 1962
  • Appointment to the Council of the University of Wales, 1962

Includes:-

  • Transcript of speech by Enoch Powell, Minister of Health, at the opening of 'Shenstone', Worcestershire Council Council's home for the aged, Halesowen, 13/09/1962
Jan 1962-Dec 1962
CCO 20/1/11 Party Chairman's correspondence with Miscellaneous Ministers

Correspondents include:-

  • Barber, Tony, Minister of Health
  • Brooke, Dame Barbara, Party Vice-Chairman
  • Deedes, William, Minister without Portfolio
  • Fraser, Sir Michael, Director, Conservative Research Department
  • Hare, John, 1st Viscount Blackenham, Conservative Party Chairman (1963-1965)
  • Hylton-Foster, Sir Harry, Speaker of the House of Commons
  • Joseph, Sir Keith, Minister of Housing and Local Government
  • Turner, Barbara L, Secretary to the Conservative & Unionist Teachers' Association
  • Willey, Frank, Minister of Education

Subjects include:-

  • Assistance for the Speaker in defending his seat, Nov 1963
  • Meeting with Sir Keith Joseph concerning Labour propaganda relating to housing policy, Nov 1963
  • Allocation of money from the Ministry of Health to Regional Hospital Boards, Nov 1963
  • Complaint about the BBC's handling of its reporting of the BOAC debate in its Review of the Week programme, Dec 1963
  • Distribution of the Conservative Party pamphlet Acceleration to headmasters, Dec 1963

Includes:-

  • 'First Draft of a Possible Speech on the Socialist Housing Advertisement', and notes on 'Land Values', Sir Keith Joseph, 13/09/1963

1963
CCO 20/1/12 Miscellaneous Ministers 1964
CCO 20/1/13 Shadow Ministers 1964
CCO 20/1/14 Shadow Ministers 1965-6
CCO 20/1/15 File on Mr Marples, MP 1966-7
CCO 20/1/16 MPs correspondence - general 1967
CCO 20/1/17 Winston Churchill memorial Nov. 1967-Mar. 1968
CCO 20/1/18 I. Macleod on economic policy 1969
CCO 20/1/19 Party Chairman's correspondence with Miscellaneous Ministers

Correspondents include:-

  • Barber, Anthony, Chancellor of the Exchequer
  • Bowlby, Miss Angela, Personal Secretary, Sir Alec Douglas-Home
  • Carr, Robert, Secretary of State for Employment
  • Campbell, Gordon, Secretary of State for Scotland
  • Chataway, Chris, Minister of Posts and Telecommunications
  • Davies, John, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
  • Douglas, James, Director, Conservative Research Department
  • Douglas-Home, Sir Alec, Foreign Secretary
  • Fraser, Sir Michael, Deputy Party Chairman
  • Hill, Charles, Baron Hill of Luton, Chairman, BBC
  • Hogg, Quintin, Lord Hailsham of Marylebone, Lord Chancellor
  • Hordern, Peter, Chairman, Conservative Parliamentary Finance Committee
  • Howard, Mr GC, Chairman, Winn Industries Ltd
  • Jellicoe, George, 2nd Earl Jellicoe, Minister for the Civil Service
  • Joseph, Sir Keith, Secretary of State for Health and Social Security
  • Mackie, John, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
  • Money, AL, Chief Agent, West Leicester Conservative Association
  • Newton, Tony, Conservative Research Department
  • Prior, Jim, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
  • St. John-Stevas, Norman, MP for Chelmsford
  • Sharples, Richard, Minister of State at the Home Office
  • Smith, Harry, Chairman, City of Oxford Conservative Association
  • Thomas, Peter, Party Chairman
  • Walker, Peter, Secretary of State for the Environment
  • Whitelaw, William, Lord President of the Council

Subjects include:-

  • Appointment of Geoffrey Rippon MP as Conservative Party representative on Jean Monnet's 'Action Committee for the United States of Europe', Nov 1970
  • Left-wing bias of BBC broadcasts, Nov 1970
  • Ministerial appointments of Party members to positions on public board and authorities (including lists prepared following question tabled in the House of Commons), Dec 1970-Feb 1971
  • Economic policy, Feb 1971
  • Implications for subsidiary engineering companies of the collapse of Rolls Royce, Feb 1971
  • Campaign against the Industrial Relations Bill, Mar 1971
  • Complaint at lack of Ministerial visits to constituencies, Mar 1971
  • Public opinion survey on the Social Services, Apr 1971
  • Conservative Party seminar on tax reform, Apr-May 1971
  • Meeting with Christian Democrats in Rome, Jun 1971
  • Civil service numbers, Jun 1971
  • Leaseholders' enfranchisement, Aug 1971
  • Possible drop in donations to the Conservative Party by surtax payers, Sep 1971
  • Christmas parties held at Conservative Central Office for 'prominent people from radio and television', Nov 1971
  • Ink attack on Prime Minister Edward Heath during visit to Brussels, Jan 1972

Includes:-

  • Memorandum, 'Rolls Royce - Government Action', by GC Howard, 08/02/1971 [4pp]
  • Conservative Research Department report [ref. PS/72/3], 'Summary of Opinion Research Centre's Survey of Party Images (Fieldwork - 15-19 March, 1972), [Author: DN/MJD], 29/4/1972

Oct 1970-Mar 1972
CCO 20/1/20 Lord Bethall and Solzhenitsyn 1970
CCO 20/1/21 Special Interest Meetings 1973
CCO 20/1/22 Correspondence and papers concerning the general political situation in Northern Ireland, particularly relations between the Conservative Party and the Ulster Unionist Party following the latter's rejection of the Sunningdale power-sharing agreement of 1973, and with the breakaway Unionist Party of Northern Ireland

Correspondents include:-

  • Butler, Sir Adam Courtauld, MP for Bosworth (1970-1987) and Parliamentary Private Secretary to Margaret Thatcher (1975-1979)
  • Carington, Peter, 6th Baron Carrington, Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords (1974-1979)
  • Cunningham, Lieutenant-General James, President, Ulster Unionist Council (c1973-1980)
  • Faulkner, Brian, Prime Minister of Northern Ireland (1971-1972) and Chief Executive of Northern Ireland (1974)
  • Gardner, Sir Edward Lucas, MP for Fylde South (1970-1983)
  • Garel-Jones, William, Baron Garel-Jones
  • Garner, Sir Anthony, Director of Organisation, Conservative Central Office (1976-1988)
  • Henderson, Captain Oscar William James, owner of the Belfast Newsletter(1964-1991)
  • Howarth, Alan, Conservative Research Department
  • Johnston, Charles Collier, Baron Johnston of Rockport, Chairman of the National Union
  • McLachlan, Peter, Unionist Party of Northern Ireland Member for South Antrim, Northern Ireland Assembly (1973-c1974)
  • Maude, Angus, Deputy Party Chairman (c1976-1979)
  • Molyneaux, James, Leader of the Ulster Unionists in the House of Commons (1974-?]
  • Neave, Airey, Conservative Opposition Spokesman on Northern Ireland (1974-1979)
  • Patten, Chris, Director, Conservative Research Department (1974-1979)
  • Pratt, Roger
  • Radcliffe van Straubenzee, Sir William, Northern Ireland Minister (1972-1974)
  • Smith, D.W., Central Office Agent
  • Thorneycroft, Peter, Party Chairman (1975-1981)
  • Waldegrave, William, MP for Bristol West (1979-1997)
  • Whitelaw, William, 1st Viscount Whitelaw, Party Chairman (1974-1975)
  • Wren-Hilton, Michael, Chairman, Fylde South Conservative & Unionist Association

Includes:-

  • Notes of a meeting chaired by Party Chairman Lord Carrington on the relationship with the Ulster Unionists, 22/05/1974
  • Draft policy statement of the Ulster Unionist Party, 01/07/1974
  • Minutes of the Conservative Parliamentary Northern Ireland Committee, 17/07/1974
  • Notes of a meeting between John Biggs-Davison MP, Conservative Opposition Spokesman on Northern Ireland, with officers of the Ulster Unionist Council, Belfast, 19/03/1976
  • Transcript of a speech by Airey Neave MP to the Abingdon Conservative Club, 21/01/1978
  • National Young Conservatives' reports proposing that a delegation visit Northern Ireland, and reporting on the subsequent youth conference held in Belfast, Nov 1978
  • Conservative Research Department brief NI(78)1 'Increased representation for Northern Ireland', 27/11/1978 [Author: AC/JM]
  • Minutes of a meeting to discuss Northern Ireland, chaired by Party Chairman Lord Thorneycroft, 13/12/1978
  • National Young Conservatives' press release, 'YC's to hold conference for Northern Ireland Youth', 07/02/1979
1974-1979
CCO 20/1/23 James Prior 1979-81
CCO 20/1/24 Aides to Ministers 1974-8
CCO 20/1/25 Sir Ian Gilmour 1979-81
CCO 20/1/26 Chairman's Correspondence with Lord Marshall, Vice-Chairman (Local Government) 1979-1985
CCO 20/1/27 Sir Geoffrey Howe (1) 1975-7
CCO 20/1/28 Sir Geoffrey Howe (2) 1978-9
CCO 20/1/29 Sir Geoffrey Howe (3) - transcript of "The Thatcher Experiment: Sir Geoffrey Howe's Analysis", Weekend World 25 Nov. 1979
CCO 20/1/30 Sir Geoffrey Howe (4) 1981
CCO 20/1/31 Francis Pym 1978-81
CCO 20/1/32 Edward Heath 1974-8
CCO 20/1/34

    General Correspondence (mainly with MPs and the General Public), 1949-1985

CCO 20/5/1 Lord Kemsely re. Kemlsey (Berry) newspapers 1949-52
CCO 20/5/2 Kenneth de Courcy 1957-9
CCO 20/5/3 Correspondence and press cuttings concerning an inaccurate report in the ‘Crossbencher’ column of the Sunday Express that Terrence Higgins, Conservative MP for Worthing had banned fellow Conservative MP Patrick Wall from speaking at a debate in the constituency organised by the Worthing branch of the Anglo-Rhodesian Society

Correspondents include:-

  • Bennett, PC, Chairman, Leeds & District branch, Anglo-Rhodesian Society
  • Buckley, Mrs M.E, Hon. Secretary, Worthing Branch, Anglo-Rhodesian Society
  • Cann, Edward du, Party Chairman
  • Higgins, Terrence, MP for Worthing (1964-1997)
  • Ryall, Mrs Elizabeth, Brighton & Hove branch, Anglo-Rhodesian Society
  • Wall, Patrick Wall MP for Haltemprice and Chairman, Chairman of Conservative Commonwealth & Overseas Council

Includes copy of resolution passed by the Anglo-Rhodesian Society in Leeds on 08/12/1966 against United Nations’ interference in, and mandatory sanctions against, Rhodesia following its Unilateral Declaration of Independence

Dec 1966-Feb 1967
CCO 20/5/4 Institute for Economic Affairs Oct. 1966-May 1967
CCO 20/5/5 Arrangements for Answers (Chairman's public correspondence) Nov. 1963
CCO 20/5/6 A-B 1967
CCO 20/5/7 C-D 1967
CCO 20/5/8 E-G 1967
CCO 20/5/9 H 1967-8
CCO 20/5/10 I 1966-7
CCO 20/5/11 J-K 1967
CCO 20/5/12 L-N 1965-6
CCO 20/5/13 L 1967-8
CCO 20/5/14 M 1967-8
CCO 20/5/15 N 1967
CCO 20/5/16 O 1965-7
CCO 20/5/17 P 1964-7
CCO 20/5/18 R 1966-8
CCO 20/5/19 S 1967
CCO 20/5/20 T 1967
CCO 20/5/21 U-W 1965-8
CCO 20/5/22 Y 1966
CCO 20/5/23 Rear Admiral n.d.
CCO 20/5/24 Miss Turnbull and the Prime Minister 1969
CCO 20/5/25 General Correspondence 1969
CCO 20/5/26 Sir Gerald Nabarro (car tax) 1969
CCO 20/5/27 A 1970-2
CCO 20/5/28 B 1970
CCO 20/5/29 C 1970-3
CCO 20/5/30 D 1970-2
CCO 20/5/31 E 1970-1
CCO 20/5/32 F 1970-2
CCO 20/5/33 G 1970-2
CCO 20/5/34 H 1970
CCO 20/5/35 I 1970-1
CCO 20/5/36 J 1970-2
CCO 20/5/37 K 1970-2
CCO 20/5/38 L 1970-2
CCO 20/5/39 M 1970-1
CCO 20/5/40 N 1970-2
CCO 20/5/41 O 1970-2
CCO 20/5/42 P 1970
CCO 20/5/43 Q-R 1970-2
CCO 20/5/44 S 1970
CCO 20/5/45 T 1970-2
CCO 20/5/46 V 1970
CCO 20/5/47 W 1970-1
CCO 20/5/48 Correspondence, mainly between Tadeusz Sas, Chairman of the Anglo-Polish Conservative Society and the Conservative Party Chairman

Correspondents include:-

  • Boyd-Carpenter, John, MP, President of the Anglo-Polish Conservative Society
  • Britton, Sir Tatton, Conservative Central Office
  • Carrington, Lord, Conservative Party Chairman (1972-1974)
  • Dellal, Jack, Vice-President, Anglo-Polish Conservative Society
  • Deslandes, Ian, Personal Assistant to Peter Thomas, Party Chairman
  • Fraser, Sir Michael, Deputy Party Chairman
  • Hurd, Douglas, Political Secretary to Prime Minister Edward Heath
  • Loudon, James, Personal Assistant to the Lord Carrington, Party Chairman
  • Sas, Tadeusz J, Chairman, Anglo-Polish Conservative Society
  • Shaw, Henry, Political Office, 10 Downing Street
  • Thomas, Peter, Conservative Party Chairman (1970-1972)

Subjects include:-

  • Invitations to attend APCS events
  • APCS assistance for the Conservative Party during by- and general election campaigns particularly with regard to the Polish community, Especially its pre-election Press Campaign, Feb 1974
  • Candidates for the position of President of the APCS
  • Invitation to Edward Heath to visit the APCS’s headquarters prior to visiting Poland and Heath’s relationship with the APCS, Jan-Feb 1972
  • Financial assistance for the APCS from the Party, Feb 1972
  • Request for the establishment of an Ethnic Department within Conservative Central Office to focus on the developing the Party’s appeal to minorities generally

Includes:-

  • Programmes of activities of the Anglo-Polish Conservative Society:-
    • Nov 1970-Feb 1971
    • Oct 1971-June 1972
  • Annual report of the APCS, 1971
  • Minutes of the meeting of the APCS, 22/07/1971
  • Press cuttings from the Polish language newspaper Dziennik Polski featuring appeals to the Polish community in Britain from Edward Heath, Nicholas Scott, Lord Carrington prior to the Feb 1974 General Election

Feb 1971-Feb 1974
CCO 20/5/49 B (second series of correspondence) 1971
CCO 20/5/50 H n.d.
CCO 20/5/51 M 1971
CCO 20/5/52 M 1972
CCO 20/5/53 M 1973-4
CCO 20/5/54 P 1971-3
CCO 20/5/55 S 1971
CCO 20/5/56 S 1972

        Party Chairman Cecil Parkinson's correspondence with MPs, 1981-1983

CCO 20/5/57 Cecil Parkinson with MPs - A 1981-3
CCO 20/5/58 Cecil Parkinson with MPs - B

Correspondents include:-

  • Baker, Kenneth, Minister of State for Industry and Information Technology
  • Baker, Nicholas, MP for Dorset North
  • Banks, Robert, MP for Harrogate
  • Bell, Sir Ronald, MP for Beaconsfield
  • Bendall, Vivian WH, MP for Ilford North
  • Bennett, Sir Frederic, MP for Torbay
  • Benyon, Tom, MP for Abingdon
  • Berry, Anthony, MP for Southgate and Deputy Chief Whip
  • Bevan, David Gilroy, MP for Birmingham Yardley
  • Blaker, Peter, MP for Blackpool South
  • Bonsor, Sir Nicholas, MP for Nantwich
  • Bottomley, Peter, MP for Woolwich West
  • Braine, Sir Bernard, MP for South East Essex
  • Bright, Graham, MP for Luton East
  • Brinton, Tim, MP for Gravesend
  • Brittan, Leon, MP for Cleveland and Whitby
  • Brotherton, Michael, MP for Louth
  • Brown, Michael, MP for Brigg and Scunthorpe
  • Browne, John, MP for Winchester
  • Bruce-Gardyne, Jock, MP for Knutsford
  • Buck, Antony, MP for Colchester
  • Budgens, Nicholas, MP for Wolverhampton South West
  • Bulmer, Esmond, MP for Kidderminster
  • Burden, Sir Frederick, MP for Gillingham
  • Cobb, Mrs Joan, Chairman, West Woolwich Conservative Association
  • Eyres, Stephen, Director, FOREST [Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Smoking Tobacco]
  • Garner, AS, Director of Organisation & Community Affairs
  • Graham, Ted, Labour MP for Edmonton
  • Howard-Smith, D, ‘Our Country, Our Credit’ Group
  • Jellicoe, Earl, George, Chairman, Tate & Lyle
  • Kellett-Bowman, Elaine, MP for Lancaster
  • Lennox-Boyd, Mark, MP for Morcambe and Lonsdale
  • McCluskey, Brian, Association for the Rights of Britons Abroad
  • Mitchell, John, ‘Our Country, Our Credit’ Group
  • O’Neill, WH (formerly, 1970-1975) Deputy Director, Christian Aid
  • Ridley, MK, Duchy of Lancaster Office
  • Skinner, Clive, Secretary, Conservative Anti Hunt Council (for the Prevention of Hunting with Hounds)
  • Spicer, Michael, Conservative Party Vice-Chairman
  • Stotter, Shirley, Deputy Central Office Agent, East Midlands Area

Subjects include:-

  • The Government’s record on new technologies
  • The Telecommunications Bill and public call boxes
  • Amendment to the Protection of Animals Act 1911
  • Membership fees of Conservative associations
  • Animal Welfare and the 1983 manifesto
  • Criticism of grant made by Christian Aid to the Alinsky Community Training Project in Toxteth
  • Complaint about East Midlands Area Office
  • Boundary changes affecting MPs’ jurisdictions in the Enfield area
  • Finance policy and naval cuts
  • Inclusion of Yardley in the list of critical marginal Conservative seats for the 1983 general election campaign
  • Scheme for voluntary pay cuts in return for ‘Post-Depression Credits’
  • Enfranchisement of British citizens living in European Community Member States
  • Use of graphical representations to show comparative international rates of inflation and unemployment, 1979-1982
  • Failure of Winchester Constituency Chairman to be accepted onto the Candidates’ List
  • Cecil Parkinson’s attendance at the Scunthorpe Conservative Association’s annual dinner and dance
  • Recommendation for appointment to the post of Land Agent for the Duchy of Lancaster
  • Peckham and Bermondsey by-elections
  • Claim of unfair dismissal by a local Conservative councillor/constituent of Graham Bright MP
  • Complaint about satirical programme Something Else, broadcast on BBC 2 on 24/09/1982
  • Sales of local council properties to fund capital projects
  • Photography student’s request for permission to photograph shipbuilding construction techniques at Ministry of Defence sites
  • Rising crime rate and growth of vandalism
  • Request for assistance with funding an Agent for Wolverhampton South West
  • Constituents’ request for Tom Benyon to be de-selected as MP for Abingdon
  • The poor state of the US economy
  • The peace settlement with Argentina following the Falklands Conflict
  • The ban on FOREST and other pressure groups from hiring exhibition stands at the 1982 Conservative Party Conference
  • Condition of Old Age Pensioners
  • Closure of Devonport Dockyard
  • The aims of Thatcherism
  • Bias of BBC reporting during the Falklands Conflict
  • Publication, The Democratic Right, Leatherhead
  • Threat to resign the Whip by Tim Brinton MP if the Government’s aims during the Falklands Conflict are watered down
  • Potential donation of £10,000 to the Conservative Party from Peter Pritchard of Pritchard Cleaning Services
  • Critical seats: pairing of seats, and the possibility of marginal seats being ‘adopted’ by safe seats
  • Construction of fifth terminal at Heathrow Airport
  • £5,000 donation to the Conservative Party from Tate & Lyle, and its support for Conservative Action for Electoral Reform [CAER] and electoral reform
  • Party Political Broadcast featuring the Young Conservatives
  • Congratulations on appointment
  • Conservative Party support for parish councils

Includes:-

  • Paper, ‘Technology: The Government’s Record’, ND [c.Apr 1983], Kenneth Baker, Minister of State for Industry and Information Technology
  • Briefing Note, ‘The Telecomms Bill and the Rural Lobby’, Kenneth Baker, Mar 1983
  • Transcript of speech by Kenneth Baker to the British Association for the Advancement of Science, Liverpool University, entitled ‘Toward and Information Economy: The social and political consequences of the Information Revolution’, 07/09/1982
  • Transcript of speech by Jock Bruce-Gardyne, Economic Secretary to the Treasury to Knutsford CPC, 29/01/1982

1981-3
CCO 20/5/59 Cecil Parkinson with MPs - C 1981-3
CCO 20/5/60 Cecil Parkinson with MPs - D 1981-3
CCO 20/5/61 Cecil Parkinson with MPs - E 1981-3
CCO 20/5/62 Cecil Parkinson with MPs - F 1981-3
CCO 20/5/63 Cecil Parkinson with MPs - G 1981-3
CCO 20/5/64 Cecil Parkinson with MPs - H 1981-3
CCO 20/5/65 Cecil Parkinson with MPs - I 1981-3
CCO 20/5/66 Cecil Parkinson with MPs - J 1981-3
CCO 20/5/67 Cecil Parkinson with MPs - K 1981-3
CCO 20/5/68 Cecil Parkinson with MPs - L 1981-3
CCO 20/5/69 Cecil Parkinson with MPs - M 1981-3
CCO 20/5/70 Cecil Parkinson with MPs - N 1981-3
CCO 20/5/71 Cecil Parkinson with MPs - O 1981-3
CCO 20/5/72 Cecil Parkinson with MPs - P 1981-3
CCO 20/5/73 Cecil Parkinson with MPs - R 1981-3
CCO 20/5/74 Cecil Parkinson with MPs - S 1981-3
CCO 20/5/75 Cecil Parkinson with MPs - T 1981-3
CCO 20/5/76 Cecil Parkinson with MPs - V 1981-3
CCO 20/5/77 Cecil Parkinson with MPs - W 1981-3

    With Deputy, Joint and Vice-Chairmen, 1959-1974

CCO 20/16/1 Correspondence between the Party Chairman’s Office and Deputy Party Chairman Sir Toby Low (from 1962, Lord Aldington)

Correspondents include:-

  • Adamson, ES, Conservative Central Office
  • Burgess, Miss, Conservative Central Office
  • Butler, RA, Party Chairman (1959-1961)
  • Fraser, Sir Michael, Director, Conservative Research Department (1959-1964)
  • Low, Sir Toby, Deputy Party Chairman (1959-1963)
  • Macleod, Iain, Party Chairman (1961-1963)
  • Poole, Lord Oliver, Joint Party Chairman (1963)

Subjects include:-

  • The future of the Primrose League after Sir Winston Churchill ceases to be Grand Master, 1959
  • Small Heath by-election, 1959
  • Chairmanship of the Conservative Commonwealth Council, 1961
  • Chairmanship of the United Nations Association Executive, 1961
  • Anti-CND propaganda, 1961
  • Anti-Common Market attacks in the Press, 1962
  • BBC bias during the Stockton by-election, 1962
  • Appointment to the Durham University Court, 1962
  • Horniblow Report, 1962
  • Advertising Campaign, Nov 1962
  • Complaint concerning the effectiveness of Sir Hamilton Kerr, MP for Cambridge City, from his constituency association, 1962
  • Lack of honours for City financiers, 1963
  • Support for universities and increased Government funding for the University Grants Committee, 1963
  • United Kingdom Council of the European Movement, 1963

Includes:-

  • Memorandum from Lord Aldington, presumably for the incoming Party Chairman Lord Blakenham, outlining his duties and responsibilities as Deputy Party Chairman, ND [c1963]
Nov. 1959-June 1963
CCO 20/16/2 I. Macleod with Oliver Poole, Joint Chairman of Party May-July 1963
CCO 20/16/3 Lord Poole (Vice-Chairman) Oct. 1963-Oct. 1964
CCO 20/16/4 Sir Michael Fraser 1965-7
CCO 20/16/5 Vice-Chairman (Candidates) R. Sharples 1967-9
CCO 20/16/6 Sir Michael Fraser Jan.-July 1968
CCO 20/16/7 Sir Michael Fraser Aug.-Dec. 1968
CCO 20/16/8 Sir Michael Fraser 1969
CCO 20/16/9 Sir Michael Fraser 1970-2
CCO 20/16/10 Memoranda for the Chairman's meeting with Prime Minister, and other correspondence between Chairman and Sir Michael Fraser 1970-2
CCO 20/16/11 Sir Michael Fraser 1972-4

    With, or concerning, the Party Vice-Chairmen, 1946-1972

CCO 20/4/1 J.P.L. Thomas 1946, 1951
CCO 20/4/2 Correspondence mainly concerning the appointment, duties of, and resignations of Vice-Chairman of the Party

Correspondents include:-

  • Blakenham, Lord, Party Chairman (1963-1965)
  • Brooke, Dame Barbara, Vice Chairman - Women (1954-1964)
  • Bryan, Paul, Vice Chairman (1961-1965)
  • Butler, RA, Party Chairman (1959-1961)
  • Douglas-Home, Sir Alec, Leader of the Opposition (1964-1965)
  • Kaberry, Sir Donald, Vice Chairman (1956-1961)
  • Macmillan, Harold, Prime Minister (1957-1963)
  • Redmayne, Martin, Chief Whip (1959-1964)

Subjects include:-

  • Resignation of Donald Kaberry as Vice Chairman - Candidates, and his replacement, 1961
  • Use of the funds of the Leeds Industrial Co-operative Society for political purposes, 1960
  • Terms of reference for Vice Chairman - Women, 1961
  • Fundraising for the Multilateral Disarmament Information Centre, 1964
  • Resignation of Dame Barbara Brooke as Vice Chairman - Women, 1964
Nov 1959-Oct 1964
CCO 20/4/3 Chairman's Office correspondence with, or concerning, Katharine Macmillan, Vice-Chairman (Women)

Correspondents include:-

  • Bott, Dr ECA
  • Deslandes, Ian, Personal Adviser to Party Chairman Peter Thomas
  • Fraser, Sir Michael, Deputy Party Chairman
  • Hurd, Douglas, Political Secretary, 10 Downing Street
  • Macmillan, Mrs Katharine, Vice-Chairman (Women)
  • Norton, Cyril AJ, Chief Central Office Agent, Greater London Area
  • Thomas, Peter, Conservative Party Chairman
  • Webster, RJ, Director of Organisation, Conservative Central Office

Subjects include:-

  • Party finances
  • Retirement and appointment respectively of Katharine Macmillan and Sara Morrison as Vice-Chairman (Women)
  • Retirement and appointment respectively of Susan Walker and Katharine Macmillan as Vice-Chairman (Women)
  • National Speaking Competition, 1968/1969, 1969/1970, and 1970-1971
  • Cripps Report
  • Mutual Aid in London

Includes:-

  • Copies newsletter Dear Madam Chairman written by Katharine Macmillan as Vice-Chairman (Women):-
    • 21/01/1969
    • 24/02/1969
    • 24/03/1969
    • 23/04/1969
    • 05/05/1969
    • 30/06/1969
    • 24/07/1969
    • 24/09/1969
    • 24/11/1969
    • 21/01/1970
    • 01/04/1970
    • 22/04/1970
    • 20/01/1971
  • Memorandum, ' Routine duties of Woman Vice-Chairman', 26/06/1968
  • Conservative Central Office press release dated 27/06/1968 concerning the retirement and appointment respectively as Vice-chairman of Susan Walker and Katharine Macmillan
  • Conservative Central Office press release dated 27/06/1968 incorporating text of Heath's letter upon Susan Walker's resignation as Vice-chairman
  • Letter from Katharine Macmillan to Anthony Barber, dated 25/08/1968
  • Conservative Central Office press release dated 09/12/1970 concerning the retirement and appointment respectively as Vice-chairman of Katharine Macmillan and Sara Morrison

Jun 1968-Jan 1971
CCO 20/4/4 Geoffrey Johnson-Smith, MP Jan. 1969-May 1971
CCO 20/4/5 R.W. Elliot, MP 1970-2
CCO 20/4/6 Chairman's Office correspondence with, or concerning, Sara Morrison, Vice-Chairman (Women)

Correspondents include:-

  • Chataway, Christopher, Minister for Posts and Telecommunications
  • Deslandes, Ian, Personal Adviser to Party Chairman Peter Thomas
  • Fraser, Sir Michael, Deputy Party Chairman
  • Howe, Lady Elspeth
  • Joseph, Sir Keith, Secretary of State for Social Services
  • Lancaster, Major JS, General Secretary, The Disaster Relief Association Limited
  • Maude, Angus, MP for Stratford-on-Avon
  • Mayhew, Christopher, MP, Chairman, National Association for Mental Health
  • Niblock, Michael, Conservative Research Department
  • Morrison, Mrs Sara, Vice-Chairman (Women)
  • Peyton, John, Minister of Transport
  • Thatcher, Margaret, Secretary of State for Education and Science
  • Thomas, Peter, Conservative Party Chairman
  • Tribe, Anna, Welsh Area Women's National Advisory Committee
  • William Jones, R, Chairman, The Disaster Relief Association Limited

Subjects include:-

  • National Speaking Competition, 1971/1972 and 1972/1973
  • Research Survey Scheme for Younger Voters
  • MPs' salaries
  • Invitation to speak at a conference on the problems of the young worker and the young unemployed, jointly organised by the British Youth Council and the Community Relations Commission
  • Lack of facilities available to MPs' wives in the House of Commons
  • Appointment of chair of the Health Education Council
  • Changes to the provision of free milk in schools
  • Coordination of disaster relief
  • Appointment of representative on the Advisory Council of the National Association for Mental Health
  • Visit of West German parliamentarian Frau Klee
  • National Council of Women deputation concerning transport matters, particularly railways
  • Appointment of Governor of Leeds Infirmary

Includes:-

  • Copies newsletter Dear Madam Chairman written by Katharine Macmillan as Vice-Chairman (Women):-
    • Mar 1971
    • Apr 1971
    • Jul 1971
    • Sep 1971
    • Oct 1971
    • Dec 1971
    • Jan 1972
    • Feb 1972
    • Mar 1972
  • HMSO pamphlet, Britain & Europe. A Shorter version of the Government's White Paper, Jul 1971
  • Memorandum, Wives of Tory MPs and Candidates, Lady Howe, 15/11/1971
  • Conservative Central Office leaflet, Women's Lib is not New, ND [c.1972]

Mar 1971-Dec 1973

    With, or concerning, the General Director, c1960s-1964

CCO 20/20/1 Miscellaneous

Includes:-

  • Memorandum from the General Director Sir William Urton to departments within Conservative Central Office concerning the procedure for dealing with the Press, 13/05/1963
  • Copy of article entitled ‘Macmillan’s Way’ published in The Economist, 15/02/1964
  • Extracts from the writings of Abraham Lincoln, Rudyard Kipling, George Crabbe, Edmund Burke, William Wordsworth, Lord Tennyson, Robert Louis Stephenson, Sydney Smith, Hector Hugh Munro, and John Milton, collated by person unknown, purpose unknown, ND [c1960s]
c.1960s-1964

    With the Director General, 1974-1975

[A General Director previously acted as the professional, full-time head of Conservative Central Office, from 1931 until this post was abolished by Heath in 1966. Thereafter the various departmental directors answered directly to the Party Chairman and Vice Chairmen. In 1974, Heath reversed this change by appointing a Director General. Michael Wolff was the only holder of this post before it was abolished by Margaret Thatcher in 1975. The post was revived in 1992 when Party Chairman Norman Fowler appointed Paul Judge to this position.]

CCO 20/78/1 M. Woolf 1974-5

    With the Director of the Conservative Political Centre, 1967-1969

Related Material: [For correspondence, 1967-1969, see Shelfmark: CCO 150/2/1/7]

    With the Director of the Publicity Department, 1967-1974

Related Material: [For correspondence, 1967-1974, see Series: CCO 600/5]





PARTY STRATEGY AND TACTICS, 1947-1983

    Tactical Committee, c.1947-Sep 1951

The Tactical Committee (alternatively known as the Tactical Staff Committee) was a Central Office committee set up in c.1945 composed partly of ministers/shadow ministers and partly of professional party staff, and was responsible for the party's daily tactical response to the political battle.

It was originally formed by and was chaired by, E.D.[Toby] O’Brien, Director of Information Services at Conservative Central Office, in order to ensure that day to day propaganda points arising in the newspapers and elsewhere were not overlooked, and to deal with such matters in a practical or low level rather than on a strategic or high level way. From its inception it included MPs and members of the Conservative Research Department, and was soon expanded to include other members of Central Office staff, the Whip’s Office and Peers. O’Brien’s office became a ‘Tactical HQ’ for meetings held daily on Tuesdays-Fridays each week: ‘It would be a task of this committee to consider the tactical implications of events that have occurred and plan ahead to make the best propaganda use of those which are to take place. A short note on the proceedings should be sent to the Chairman and to the Leader and once the Chairman has approved the decisions, a confidential note would be sent to each department or individual whom it affected.’ [Source: shelfmark CCO 600/17/1, 14th March 1947].

The Party publication, Weekend Talking Point emerged from July 1947 as a single propaganda topic with a brief indication of the suggested line of approach to be taken, to be selected each week by the Tactical Committee and forwarded to MPs and Candidates to provide maximum impact throughout the country each weekend.

The Tactical Committee appears to have fallen into abeyance just before the 1951 General Election, as no records of its meetings survive beyond Sep 1951; presumably its functions were taken on by another committee which operated for the duration of the campaign only.

Related Material: [For minutes of this committee, 1947-1951, see Series: CCO 600/17: Director of Publicity: Party Strategy and Tactics Committees, 1947-1973]

    Liaison Committee, Dec 1951-1964; June 1970-1973

Following the 1951 general election, the Party Chairman Lord Woolton established the Liaison Committee, in terms set out in a letter dated 13th December 1951: ‘For the last five years I have had at the Central Office what was called the Tactical Committee, which has met about twice a week with representatives of both Houses of Parliament, and has done much to guide the major content of week-end speeches both of Members of Parliament and of candidates. I have revived the Committee, giving them the following terms of reference: To give guidance to Members of Parliament, candidates and others on the interpretation of Government policy and to take such action as, in their opinion, is necessary to sustain public confidence in the Conservative administration.’ [Source: shelfmark:CCO 20/7/1].

Lord Swinton chaired this new committee, as he had chaired a similar committee during the 1951 election campaign [which committee this was is not clear]. The name ‘Liaison Committee’ was chosen because it described the linking function of the committee, representing a line of communication between Conservative Central Office, the Conservative Research Department and the Government. It had nothing to do with policy formulation, only the effective interpretation of Conservative policy, and its deliberations were intended to be secret.

Part of its remit was to ensure that ‘each separate measure which the Government takes is seen by the country as an integral part of a coherent general plan and not just as one of a series of ad hoc expedients’ and one of its main propaganda tools was the existing Weekend Talking Points publication [Source: shelfmark: CCO 20/7/1]. Its composition was very similar to that of the Tactical Committee, involving representatives from all areas of the Party organisation and parliamentary party, and in practice it continued to fulfil the same functions as its predecessor, simply adapted to being in Government.

Following Labour’s election victory in October 1964, the Liaison Committee met once more then ceased to meet throughout the period of Opposition between 1964 and 1970. In June 1970, the Liaison Committee was revived by William Whitelaw, then Leader of the House of Commons: ‘At the Prime Minister’s request, I am setting up a Liaison Committee similar to that which was set up in 1951 and which existed for the whole of our period in Office from 1951-64. The Committee will have the following terms of reference: “To give guidance to Members of Parliament, candidates and others on the interpretation of Government policy and to take such action as, in their opinion, is necessary to sustain public confidence in the Conservative administration.”’ This committee was to be chaired by William Whitelaw, with Employment & Productivity Minister, Paul Bryan as deputy. It included Sir Michael Fraser, Deputy Party Chairman and Brendon Sewell, Director of CRD. It met weekly, usually on Tuesday.

Related Material: [For minutes and papers of this committee, 1951-1964, see Shelfmarks: CRD 2/52/1-4 in Series: CRD 2/52: Conservative Research Department: Miscellaneous Committees, 1947-1964]

CCO 20/7/1 Establishment of Liason Committee (formerly the Tactical Committee) 1951-1952

    Policy Initiatives & Methods Committee (later, the Tactical Committee), Feb 1966-Sep 1974

From at least February 1966 a Policy Initiatives and Methods Committee operated under the chairmanship of Sir Michael Fraser, Deputy Party Chairman. In August 1966 the Party Chairman instituted a new series of weekly meetings – the Chairman’s Committee (from 1975, the Management Committee) – representing all areas of the Party as the now defunct Liaison Committee had done. The Policy Initiatives & Methods Committee worked in conjunction with, and reported to, the Chairman's Committee, often submitting memoranda to it containing summaries of its deliberations. Its role was clarified as being ‘to cover preliminary discussion on the Talking Points and the Weekly News’ [Source: shelfmark: CCO 20/62/1]. From July 1970 it was known as the Tactical Committee, with a revised membership and terms of reference – some of its former functions presumably being taken over by the revived Liaison Committee following the Conservatives’ return to power. It usually met weekly, on Tuesdays, except during general election campaigns when it met daily (and was called the Tactical Group). Between July-November 1971 it was temporarily known as the Tactical and European Committee during the debate over the Britain's entry into the EEC.

Its remit went beyond the daily tactical response to the political battle and regular items on its agenda were party conference arrangements and themes, by-elections, party political broadcasts, other publicity such as TV coverage and Weekend Talking Points.

CCO 20/7/2 Policy Initiatives and Methods - minutes Nov-Dec 1966
CCO 20/7/3 Policy Initiatives and Methods - minutes Jan-Jun 1967
CCO 20/7/4 Policy Initiatives and Methods - minutes Jun-Dec 1967
CCO 20/7/5 Policy Initiatives and Methods - minutes Jan-Jun 1968
CCO 20/7/6 Policy Initiatives and Methods - minutes Jul-Dec 1968
CCO 20/7/7 Policy Initiatives and Methods - minutes Jan-Jun 1969
CCO 20/7/8 Policy Initiatives and Methods - minutes Jul-Dec 1969
CCO 20/7/9 Policy Initiatives and Methods - minutes Jan-Jun 1970
CCO 20/7/10 Tactical Committee - minutes

Chaired by mainly by Sir Michael Fraser, Deputy Party Charman and in his absence, Sir Richard Webster, Chief Organisation Officer. Regular topics discussed include the contents for forthcoming issues of Party publications Weekly News and Weekend Talking Point, by-elections, television appearances, local elections, and party conference arrangements, as well as the response to topical political issues such as industrial action and the Common Market.

Includes minutes of meetings held on:-

  • 07/07/1970
  • 14/07/1970
  • 21/07/1970
  • 28/07/1970
  • 03/08/1970
  • 11/08/1970
  • 18/08/1970
  • 08/09/1970
  • 15/09/1970
  • 22/09/1970
  • 29/09/1970
  • 13/10/1970
  • 20/10/1970
  • 27/10/1970
  • 03/11/1970
  • 10/11/1970
  • 17/11/1970
  • 24/11/1970
  • 01/12/1970
  • 08/12/1970
  • 14/12/1970

Includes:-

  • Memorandum, 'The Role of the European Movement', ND [Author unknown]
  • Paper, 'Memorandum to all members of the Tactical Committee: Re-examination of Party Communication Methods', Tommy Thompson, Head of Communications, 29/10/1970
  • Paper, 'Harassing the Labour Party', 23/11/1970 [Author: Douglas Hurd/GD]

Jul 1970-Jan 1971
CCO 20/7/11 Tactical Committee - minutes Jan-Apr 1971
CCO 20/7/12 Tactical Committee - minutes May-Aug 1971
CCO 20/7/13 Tactical Committee - minutes Aug-Dec 1971
CCO 20/7/14 Tactical Committee - minutes Jan-Apr 1972
CCO 20/7/15 Tactical Committee - minutes May-Oct 1972
CCO 20/7/16 Tactical Committee - minutes Oct-Dec 1972
CCO 20/7/17 Tactical Committee - minutes Jan-Mar 1973
CCO 20/7/18 Tactical Committee - minutes May-Aug 1973
CCO 20/7/19 Tactical Committee - minutes Sep-Dec 1973
CCO 20/7/20 Tactical Committee - minutes

Chaired by mainly by Sir Michael Fraser, Deputy Party Charman and in his absence, Sir Richard Webster, Chief Organisation Officer. Regular topics discussed include the contents for forthcoming issues of Party publications Weekly News and Weekend Talking Point, by-elections, television appearances, local elections, and the February 1974 General Election campaign, as well as the response to topical political issues such as industrial action and the Common Market.

Includes minutes of meetings held on:-

  • 18/12/1973
  • 02/01/1974
  • 08/01/1974
  • 15/01/1974
  • 22/01/1974
  • 29/01/1974
  • 05/02/1974
  • 12/03/1974
  • 19/03/1974
  • 26/03/1974
  • 02/04/1974

Jan-Apr 1974
CCO 20/7/21 Daily minutes for Tactical Committee Sep 1974

    Party Strategy Group, May-Sep 1974

This first meeting of this Group (soon referred to as the Party Strategy Committee) was held on 20th May, 1974, chaired by Michael Wolff, the newly-created Director General of Conservative Central Office appointed by Heath. It was intended to be the first of a regular series of meetings designed to discuss strategy rather than tactics, and consisted of Sir Michael Fraser, Mrs Charles Morrison, Anthony Grant MP, David Knox MP, Sir Richard Webster, Don Harker, James Douglas, Chris Patten, and William Waldergrave.

Few papers survive of this Group, and as Wolff was dismissed by Thatcher upon assuming the Party leadership in 1975 and the post of Director General abolished, it is assumed that it was short-lived. Topics covered by the Group include:

Related Material: [For minutes and papers of this committee, May-July 1974, see Shelfmark: CCO 20/68/2 in Series: Party Strategy and Tactics (general) 1967-1983, below]

    Strategy & Tactics Committee, 1977-1981

This committee was the successor to the Tactical Committee, which had ceased to exist after 1974. It met for the first time on 13th December 1977, and met usually every fortnight, chaired by Margaret Thatcher and with a membership representing all areas of the Party. It was formed initially to prepare for the expected general election and its early minutes reflect this, but it also went on to discuss by-elections, Party conference, referenda, and other topical issues. Its membership consisted of:-

Although some work on strategy continued after the 1979 General Election, notably by Party Chairman Lord Thorneycroft, the Strategy and Tactics Committee appears to have fallen into abeyance. But in a memorandum from Thorneycroft to Alan Howarth, Director of the Conservative Research Department dated 26th October, 1979 [Shelfmark: CCO 20/7/26] he states that Mrs Thatcher had instructed him to arrange meetings on a regular basis to coordinate Party strategy with that of the Government's. These meetings were to be attended by the following:-

No record of subsequent meetings survive beyond February 1980, if indeed any were held. From 1986 it was known as the Strategy Group.

CCO 20/7/22 Correspondence and papers concerning the direction of Conservative Party strategy before and after the 1979 General Election

Correspondents include:-

  • Britto, Keith, Conservative Research Department
  • Bulloch, Anne, Conservative Research Department
  • Hoskyns, John
  • Howarth, Alan, Director, Conservative Research Department
  • Hutt, Tony, Conservative Research Department
  • Marsh, Katharine, Conservative Research Department
  • Mockler, Chris, Conservative Research Department
  • Patten, Chris, Director, Conservative Research Department
  • True, Nicholas, Conservative Research Department

Includes:-

  • Precis of lecture given by Dr Meinhard Miegel at Eichholz on 'The State and Social Groups', 12/01/1975
  • Untitled paper by Lord Thorneycroft, Party Chairman, concerning strategy for communications in the Election and pre-Election period, 20/06/1978
  • Paper by Chris Patten, Director, Conservative Research Department entitled 'Election Strategy - some thoughts on a strategy for an election held this Spring', 31/01/1979
  • Paper by John Hoskyns, 'Getting from here to there - the task of Stabilisation and Turn-around', 02/03/1979
  • Paper by Lord Thorneycroft, Party Chairman, entitled 'Strategy for a Parliament', 20/03/1980
  • Paper by John Hoskyns, 'Government Strategy: Paper No. 3', ND [c1980]
  • Memorandum from The Salisbury Group giving its opinion of the 1st Thatcher Government, ND [c1980-1981]
  • Conservative Research Department memoranda concerning a Cabinet seminar on the subject of Social Services, Jun 1980
  • Conservative Research Department paper, 'Government initiatives and announcements before the Recess', [Author: DJN/MJEB], 11/08/1980
  • Conservative Research Department paper, 'Possible questions for future study', [Author not given], 30/12/1980
  • Transcript of speech entitled 'Thatcherism in Practice: A Progress Report', by Nigel Lawson, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, to the Zurich Society of Economics, Zurich, 14/01/1981

Jan 1975; Jun 1978-Feb 1981
CCO 20/7/23 Strategy and Tactics Committee: minutes and agenda

Includes notes of decisions made at:-

  • 13/12/1977 [1st meeting]
  • 10/01/1978 [2nd meeting]
  • 13/01/1978 [3rd meeting]
  • 24/01/1978 [4th meeting]
  • 31/01/1978 [5th meeting]
  • 14/02/1978 [6th meeting]
  • 28/02/1978 [7th meeting]
  • 14/03/1978 [8th meeting]
  • 04/04/1978 [9th meeting]
  • 24/04/1978 [10th meeting]
  • 09/05/1978 [11th meeting]
  • 23/05/1978 [12th meeting]
  • 13/06/1978 [13th meeting]
  • 27/06/1978 [14th meeting]
  • 18/07/1978 [15th meeting]
  • 07/11/1978 [16th meeting]
  • 21/11/1978 [17th meeting]
  • 05/12/1978 [18th meeting]
  • 06/02/1979 [19th meeting]
  • 06/03/1979 [20th meeting]
  • 27/03/1979 [21st meeting]

Dec 1977-Mar 1979
CCO 20/7/24 Strategy and Tactics Committee: papers

Includes:-

  • Memoranda from Alan Howarth, Conservative Research Department, to Margaret Thatcher, concerning agenda for, and issues arising from meetings of the Strategy and Tactics Committee:-
    • 16/12/1977
    • 04/01/1978
    • 16/01/1978
    • 22/05/1978
    • 12/06/1978
    • 17/07/1978
    • 26/07/1978
    • 21/11/1978
  • Other memoranda from Alan Howarth:-
    • Memorandum to Baroness Young on the setting up of a committee to examine corruption amongst Conservatives in local government, 14/06/1978
    • Memorandum to Baroness Young on recruitment of new candidates, 04/12/1978
    • Memorandum to Lord Thorneycroft, Party Chairman, entitled, 'Europe', 20/11/1978
  • Also includes:-
    • Paper, ‘Some thoughts on Strategy and Tactics – a note by the Research Department’, Chris Patten, Director, Conservative Research Department, 11/11/1977
    • Press cutting from the Sunday Times, ‘The brazen effrontery of Geoffrey Howe’, 15/01/1978
    • Conservative Research Department brief, ‘The Budget 1978’, [Author: PJC/SO’B], 25/01/1978
    • ‘Summer Recess’ – outline of events planned by the Party during the Summer recess, [Author: TGJ/EMS], 24/04/1978
    • Photocopy of Labour Party Speakers’ Notes, No. 11, featuring headline ‘Tories and Race Relations – Thatcher race-hate tactics scraping barrel’, Jun 1978
    • Report, ‘Events in the Recess’, [Author: ATH/EMS], 17/07/1978
    • Correspondence between Dudley Smith MP and Alan Smith, Secretary of the National Union concerning the former’s complaint at seating arrangements for MPs at the 1978 Party Conference, Oct-Nov 1978
    • ‘A note of the discussion on the Party Conference at the Strategy and Tactics Committee’, 07/11/1978
    • Memorandum from Alfred Sherman to Margaret Thatcher, ‘Bridge Building to Social Democrats and Labour Supporters’, annotated in Mrs Thatcher’s hand and intended for discussion by the Strategy and Tactics Committee, 16/02/1979

Nov 1977-Feb 1979
CCO 20/7/25 Strategy and Tactics Committee: papers

Includes:-

  • Minutes of the Tax Campaign Group:-

    Note: [Formed following the meeting of the Strategy and Tactics Committee on 24/01/1978]

    • 27/01/1978 [1st meeting]
  • Report, 'Some suggestions for strategic themes', Alan Howarth, 03/01/1978
  • Conservative Research Department paper, 'The Budget 1978', being notes prepared at the request of Sir Geoffrey Howe for the 1st meeting of the Tax Campaign Group, [Author: PJC/SO'B], 25/01/1978
  • Conservative research Department paper, 'Further thoughts on Strategy', Chris Patten, 23/02/1978
  • Report on Critical Seats by Lady Young to the meeting of the Strategy and Tactics Committee, 04/04/1978
  • Conservative research Department paper, 'Some thoughts on strategy in the run-up to the election', Chris Patten, 25/05/1978
  • Copy of memorandum from Chris Patten to Thatcher concerning strategy, 07/06/1978
  • Report, 'Themes', by Angus Maude MP, ND [c1978]

Dec 1977-Jun 1978
CCO 20/7/26 Strategy papers, primarily concerning Strategy Meetings held to coordinate Party strategy with that of the Conservative Government after 1979

Correspondents include:-

  • Britto, Keith, Conservative Research Department
  • Howarth, Alan, Conservative Research Department
  • Thorneycroft, Lord, Party Chairman

Includes:-

  • Strategy and Tactics Committee minutes:
    • 07/11/1978
  • Strategy Meeting minutes:
    • 23/11/1979
    • 25/01/1980
    • 22/02/1980
    • 02/05/1980 (agenda only)
  • Memorandum concerning the role of the Director of Publicity, 30/03/1976
  • Paper, ‘The Image of the Conservative Party: Note by the Chairman’, Lord Thorneycroft, 03/05/1976
  • Paper, ‘A Strategy Paper by Lord Thorneycroft’, Oct 1979
  • Memorandum by David Boddy, Conservative Central Office, ‘The Conservative Party: A role in Government’, 30/12/1979
  • Drafts of paper, ‘Public Opinion after the First Seven Months of the New Government’, ND
  • Paper, ‘Government/Party Strategy’, Angus Maude, Paymaster General, ND
  • Paper, ‘Public Opinion after the First Year in Government: A Brief Overview’, 01/05/1980 [Author: KB/SEN]
  • Paper, ‘Notes on Strategy’, Alan Howarth, Director, Conservative Research Department, 16/07/1980

Mar-May 1976; Oct 1979-Feb 1980
CCO 20/7/27 Papers concerning Government Strategy

Correspondents include:-

  • Hoskyns, John, Head of No. 10 Policy Unit
  • Howarth, Alan, Director, Conservative Research Department
  • Pym, Francis, MP, Paymaster General
  • Thorneycroft, Lord, Party Chairman

Includes:-

  • Draft paper, ‘Review of Government Strategy’, John Hoskyns, 01/10/1980
  • Paper, ‘Skeleton of Strategic Paper by Lord Thorneycroft’, 02/12/1980
  • Paper, ‘The Strategy of Revival’, RV Jones, 10/12/1980
  • Paper, ‘Government Strategy : Paper Number 3’, John Hoskyns, 18/12/1980
  • Paper, ‘Possible questions for future study’, Conservative Research Department, 30/12/1980
  • Analysis of Policy Unit paper on Government strategy by Lord Thorneycroft, 07/01/1981

Oct 1980-Apr 1981
CCO 20/7/28 Papers concerning Government strategy, mainly concerning the development of Party Chairman Lord Thorneycroft’s ‘Strategy Paper’

Correspondents include:-

  • Bellairs, Charles, Conservative Research Department
  • Britto, Keith, Conservative Research Department
  • Bulloch, Anne, Conservative Research Department
  • Hamilton, Scott, Conservative Party International Office
  • Hoskyns, John, Head of No. 10 Policy Unit
  • Mockler, Christopher, Conservative Research Department
  • Nicholson, David, Conservative Research Department
  • Rouse, Lynda, Conservative Research Department
  • Thorneycroft, Lord, Party Chairman

Includes:-

  • Paper, ‘Unemployment seminar, Conservative Central Office, 1st May 1981’, [No author given]
  • Paper, ‘The Countryside’, 07/05/1981 [Author: CB]
  • ‘Draft notes for a “Strategy Paper” by Lord Thorneycroft’, 2nd draft, 04/06/1981
  • Comments on Lord Thorneycroft’s Strategy Paper from the Conservative Research Department:
    • Keith Britto, 09/06/1981
    • Lynda Rouse, 10/06/1981
    • Christopher Mockler, 10/06/1981
    • Christopher Mockler, 11/06/1981
    • Anne Bulloch, 11/06/1981
    • David Nicholson, 12/06/1981
  • Paper, ‘Unemployment: A Paper by Mr Peter Lilley, Conservative Research Department. Outlook for the rest of this Parliament’, ND
  • Paper, ‘Strategy. A Draft Paper by Lord Thorneycroft’, 15/06/1981
  • Notes for the Strategy Meeting to be held at Chequers on 25th July 1981, John Hoskyns, 24/07/1981

1981

    Party Chairman's Weekly Meetings, 1966-1975

[The Chairman’s Committee met weekly within Central Office to deal with current problems in general and effect liaison between the various elements of the Party. It consisted of the Party Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Chief Whips of the Commons and Lords, Vice-Chairmen of the Party, Chairman of the 1922 Committee, Chairman of the Party in Scotland, Treasurers, Director of the CPC, Director of the Organisation Department, Director of the Publicity Department and the Director of the Research Department. Regular topics on the agenda were issues before Parliament; the content of Weekend Talking Point; and reports from the Tactical Committee]

CCO 20/61/1 Correspondence and papers 1966-72
CCO 20/61/2 Correspondence and papers Sept. 1966-Apr. 1967
CCO 20/61/3 Correspondence and papers May-Dec. 1967
CCO 20/61/4 Correspondence and papers Jan. 1968-Dec. 1970
CCO 20/61/5 Correspondence and papers Oct. 1970-Dec. 1974
CCO 20/61/6 Correspondence and papers Jan.-Nov. 1975

    Heads of Department meetings, 1967-1981

CCO 20/62/1 Chairman's Office - Tuesday and Thursday meetings 1967, 1971
CCO 20/62/2 Directors Meeting minutes Oct. 1976-Dec. 1978
CCO 20/62/3 Directors Meeting minutes Jan. 1979-Dec. 1981
CCO 20/62/4 Management Meeting minutes Jan.-Dec. 1976
CCO 20/62/5 Management Meeting minutes [Nos. 47-58; 60; 62-81; 83; 85-108; 111-127] Jan. 1977-Mar. 1979

    Chairman's Organisation meeting, 1967-1968

CCO 20/69/1 Monday morning weekly meetings Mar. 1967-Dec. 1968

    Party Strategy and Tactics (general) 1967-1983

CCO 20/68/1 Party strategy meetings 1967-1969
CCO 20/68/2 Party Strategy Committee meetings

[This committee was chaired by Michael Wolff, the newly-created Director General of Conservative Central Office appointed by Heath. It met for the first time in May 1974 and was intended to be the first of a regular series of meetings designed to discuss strategy rather than tactics, but was short-lived. It consisted of Sir Michael Fraser, Mrs Charles Morrison, Anthony Grant MP, David Knox MP, Sir Richard Webster, Don Harker, James Douglas, Chris Patten, and William Waldergrave]

Subjects include:-

  • The threat from the Liberals, May 1974
  • Post-Feb 1974 general election surveys and voting behaviour, June 1974
  • Community relations at constituency level, July 1974
May-July 1974
CCO 20/68/3 Prior broadcast on party strategy July 1974
CCO 20/68/4 Stepping Stones - prepared for Future Government Policy 1977-8
CCO 20/68/5 Correspondence, primarily between John Hoskyns, Head of the Policy Unit at No. 10 and Party Chairmen Lord Thorneycroft and Cecil Parkinson, mainly concerning the development of a long-term (10-year) economic strategy for the Government, particularly concerning Public Sector Pay, and strategy discussions with the Prime Minister held at Chequers

Correspondents include:-

  • Hoskyns, John, Head of No. 10 Policy Unit
  • Howarth, Alan, Director, Conservative Research Department
  • Thorneycroft, Lord, Party Chairman

Dec 1979-Nov 1981
CCO 20/68/6 Research Policy Groups 1982
CCO 20/68/7 Research Policy Groups - Nationalised Industries 1983
CCO 20/68/8 Research Policy Groups - Employment 1983
CCO 20/68/9 Minutes of the Education Policy Group

[Chaired by Lord (Max) Beloff of Wolvercote. The Group, along with seven others, was set up by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to 'prepare material that might be useful when the manifesto for the next election came to be written'. It consisted of a number of MPs, academics and members of the Conservative Research Department. The Group's report would 'not embody the result of detailed research, but simply set out a series of propositions which the group felt itself able to support.' It was allowed to take evidence from expert witnesses but secrecy was paramount, and its report needed to be completed by the beginning of March 1983]

Nov 1982-Mar 1983
CCO 20/68/10 Research Policy Groups - Urban Transport 1983
CCO 20/68/11 Research Policy Groups - Tax and Social Security 1983
CCO 20/68/12 Research Policy Groups - Family 1983




THE PARTY ORGANISATION, 1946-1985

    Reviews and Restructuring of the Party Organisation, 1946-1984

CCO 20/3/1 Memoranda on proposals for organisational reform within the Conservative Party, sent to Party Chairman Lord Woolton, but with no indication as to whether any of them were ever implemented

Includes:-

  • Establishment of a new department at Conservative Central Office 'to form a sort of Campaign Staff to tackle problems', Aug 1946
  • Formation of a covert Intelligence Department at Conservative Central Office, Aug 1946 and 04/05/1950
  • Description of the Party's organisation, its defects, and ideal structure, ND [c1946]
  • The need for organisational reform, 16/04/1947
  • 'Some notes on the use of the quota by Central Office' - detailing the cost of and justifying the work carried out by Central Office departments, Apr 1957
1946-1957
CCO 20/3/2 Correspondence, memoranda, press-cuttings and reports concerning the Party organisation and membership recruitment, and research conducted into the effects of Party workers in securing voter affiliation carried out by the Nuffield Research Unit in Statistical Sociology at Keele University by Roy Mapes

Includes:-

  • Report of the Committee on Party Organisation, Conservative Central Office, Mar 1958
  • Report by CFR Bagnall on 'Movement of Population', 23/05/1960
  • Pamphlet, Constituency Organisation - Experiments in Recruiting 1962 [within the 25-40 year old age group]
Mar 1958-Oct 1967
CCO 20/3/3 Chairman's Office 'Marples Unit', 1966-8; CRD memo on Party policy and Organisation, 1966; RTZ Consultants Ltd.: reports on Government decision-making 1968
CCO 20/3/4 Central Office Organisation 1967
CCO 20/3/5 Project '67 June 1966-Dec. 1967
CCO 20/3/6 Project '67 Jan.-July 1967
CCO 20/3/7 Chairman's Office - staff redeployment 1967-8
CCO 20/3/8 Correspondence with Chief Organisation Office 1967-9
CCO 20/3/9 Organisation Department circulars 1968-9
CCO 20/3/10 Organisation Department - correspondence 1970
CCO 20/3/11 Organisation Department - correspondence 1971
CCO 20/3/12 Organisation Department - correspondence 1972-4
CCO 20/3/13 Chairman's Office meetings (chief CCO executives) 1973
CCO 20/3/14 Papers Submitted 1971-81
CCO 20/3/15 Party Review Committee (1) 1972
CCO 20/3/16 Party Review Committee (2) 1972-3
CCO 20/3/17 Correspondence regarding Re-organisation 1973-5
CCO 20/3/18 Memoranda concerning the proposed restructuring of the Area Organisation, and of Conservative Central Office, mainly by Peter Thorneycroft, Party Chairman c. late 1970s-1980
CCO 20/3/21 Joan Varley - correspondence and report on Party Organisation 1975-6
CCO 20/3/22 Reg Eyre's Working Party 1975
CCO 20/3/23 Joan Varley - correspondence and report on Party Organisation Sept. 1984
CCO 20/3/24 Re-Organisation publications 1971
CCO 20/3/25 History of Party Organisation - Sir John Gorst c.1981

    Liaison within the Party Organisation, 1950-1985

        Party Leader, 1963-1977

CCO 20/39/1 Letters from members of the public to Party Chairman Iain Macleod (with occasional replies) mainly concerning demands for Macmillan’s resignation over the Profumo Affair in June 1963, but also concerning the leadership election following his resignation in October 1963 Jun-Oct 1963
CCO 20/39/2 Final draft of Prime Minister Sir Alec Douglas-Home’s speech at Swansea 10/01/1964
CCO 20/39/3 Correspondence and papers concerning Sir Alec Douglas-Home's resignation, the procedure for, and selection of a new Party Leader

Correspondents include:-

  • Berkeley, Humphrey, MP for Lancaster
  • Butler, David, Nuffield College, Oxford
  • Cann, Edward du, Conservative Party Chairman
  • Cooke, Roger Gresham, MP for Twickenham
  • Douglas, James, Conservative Research Department
  • Douglas-Home, Sir Alec, Leader of the Conservative Party
  • Edwards, Eric, Lord Chelmer, Chairman, Executive Committee, National Union
  • Fraser, Sir Michael, Deputy Party Chairman
  • Hare, John, 1st Viscount Blakenham, Conservative Party Chairman
  • Legge-Bourke, Sir Harry, MP for Isle of Ely
  • Nugent, Sir Richard, MP for Guildford
  • Sewill, Brendon, Director, Conservative Research Department
  • Shepherd, Dame Margaret
  • Spencely, J.Le. D., Chairman, Crosby Conservative and Unionist Association
  • St John-Stevas, Norman, MP for Chelmsford
  • Vaughan-Morgan, Sir John, MP for Reigate
  • Whitelaw, William, Chief Whip
  • Williams, Kingsley

Paper includes:-

  • Conservative Research Department paper, 'Selecting a Leader of the Party', James Douglas, 19/11/1964
  • Paper, 'Possible Methods for Selecting a Leader of the Party' (2nd draft), 13/11/1964 [Author not given]
  • Conservative Research Department paper, 'Possible Ways of Selecting a Leader of the Party', James Douglas, 23/11/1964
  • Conservative Research Department paper, 'Selection of Party Leader: The "Outside Inwards" Method', 07/12/1964 and draft, 27/11/1964 [Author: James Douglas]
  • Memorandum, 'Choosing a Leader', by Humphrey Berkeley MP, 09/12/1964
  • Conservative Research Department paper, 'Selection of Party Leader', second draft, 18/12/1964 [Author: MF/JVM]
  • Conservative Research Department paper, 'Selection of Party Leader', third draft, 29/01/1965 [Author: JATD/GME]
  • Paper, LCC(65)4, 'Selection of Party Leader' by Michael Fraser and James Douglas, 05/02/1965 for discussion by the Shadow Cabinet [annotated]
  • Paper, LCC(65)6, 'Selection of Party Leader' by Michael Fraser and James Douglas, 11/02/1965 for discussion by the Shadow Cabinet [annotated]
  • Conservative Central Office press release, 'Procedure for the selection of the Leader of the Conservative Party', 25/02/1965
  • Draft letter from Lord Chelmer to members of the National Union Executive Committee concerning the selection procedure, ND [c.Feb 1965]
  • Procedure for election of Leader, Edward du Cann, 13/05/1965
  • Procedure for the Selection of the Leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party', ND
  • Draft typescript of Douglas-Home's resignation speech to the 1922 Committee, ND [4pp]
  • 'Statement by Sir Alec Douglas-Home, London, 22nd July, 1965' [concerning his resignation as Leader of the Conservative Party]
  • Notes concerning the 'Arrangements for Ballot', 22/07/1965
  • Agenda and circulars concerning the Party Meeting to elect the Party Leader, 02/08/1965

Nov 1964-Aug 1965
CCO 20/39/4 Leader's speaking engagements 1964-6
CCO 20/39/5 Analysis of Leader's public correspondence 1968
CCO 20/39/6 Papers and memoranda concerning Edward Heath’s visit to the United States in May 1969 and criticism of the speech he gave in Washington DC on 26/05/1969 for breaching the convention on Party Leaders avoiding party politics when abroad

Includes:-

  • Programme and itinerary for Heath’s visit to the US, 22-29 May 1969 and New Zealand, 31 May-5 June 1969
  • Transcript of Edwin Newman’s interview with Edward Heath on NBC’s Meet the Press programme, 25/05/1969
  • British Embassy press release containing extracts from Edward Heath’s speech to the National Press Club, Washington DC, 26/05/1969
  • Transcript of BBC Radio 4’s World at One interview with Douglas Houghton MP Chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party and Reginald Maudling MP concerning Houghton’s criticism of Heath’s speech, 28/05/1969
  • Press cuttings concerning the controversy from the Daily Telegraph, Daily Express, The Times, 28/05/1969
  • Press release by Reginald Maudling MP, Deputy Leader of the Party, condemning the Labour Party attacks on Edward Heath following his Washington speech, 28/05/1969
May 1969
CCO 20/39/7 Special Committee on the Procedure for the Election of Party Leader (I) 1974-5
CCO 20/39/8 Special Committee on the Procedure for the Election of Party Leader (II) 1974-5
CCO 20/39/9 Special Committee on the Procedure for the Election of Party Leader (III) 1974-5
CCO 20/39/15 Strategies 1977

        The 1922 Committee, 1966-1974

CCO 20/59/1 Miscellaneous correspondence between the Chairman's Office and the 1922 Committee [Mainly concerns the whereabouts of the Party's historic records, and funding of parties to be provided for the 1922 Committee by members of the Press] 1966-1972
CCO 20/59/2 Chairman's meetings with the 1922 Committee

Subjects include:-

  • Closer links between the Party Organisation and Parliamentary Committees
  • Detailed briefing from Chris Patten for the Chairman’s meeting with the Executive Committee of the 1922 Committee on 3rd May 1973
  • Detailed rebuttal from Chris Patten for the Chairman of criticisms of Central Office, prior to a meeting with the 1922 Committee Executive, 28/03/1974
1972-1974

        Younger Members Group [ie, of Conservative MPs], 1961-1962

CCO 20/30/1 House of Commons Younger Members Group 1961-2

        National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations (NUA), 1959-1981

CCO 20/21/1 Party Chairman's correspondence with and concerning the National Union

Correspondents include:-

  • Bemrose, Sir Max, Chairman, National Union (1964-1965)
  • Boyle, Sir Edward, MP for Birmingham Handsworth (1950-1970)
  • Brooke, Henry, Minister of Housing & Local Government and Welsh Affairs (1957-1961); President of the National Union (1960-?)
  • Brown, Councillor EJ, Chairman, National Union (1960-?)
  • Butler, RA, Party Chairman (1959-1961)
  • Cann, Edward du, Party Chairman (1965-1967)
  • Constantine, Sir Theo
  • Cooke, SA, Secretary, National Union (1960s)
  • Douglas-Home, Sir Alec, Leader of the Opposition (1964-1965)
  • Edwards, Sir Eric, Chairman, Executive Committee, National Union (1957-1965) (From 1963, Lord Chelmer)
  • Fraser, Sir Michael, Deputy Party Chairman (1964-1975)
  • Hailsham, Quintin, 2nd Viscount
  • Heath, Edward, Leader of the Opposition (1965-1970)
  • Hewlett, Sir Clyde, Chairman, Executive Committee, National Union (c.1965-1967)
  • Low, Sir Toby, Deputy Party Chairman (1959-1961)
  • Macleod, Iain, Party Chairman (1961-1963 )
  • Macmillan, Harold, Prime Minister (1957-1963)
  • Marples, Ernest, MP for Wallasey (1945-1974)
  • Mason, Sir Dan, Chairman, National Union (c.1965-?)
  • Maude, Angus, MP for Stratford-on-Avon (1963-1983)
  • Northam, Sir Reginald, Swinton College
  • Redmayne, Sir Martin, MP for Rushcliffe (1950-1966)
  • Soames, Christopher, MP for Bedford (1950-1966)
  • Whitelaw, William, Chief Whip (1964-1970)

Subjects include:-

  • Appointments to the posts of President and Chairman of the National Union, and Chairman of the National Union’s Executive Committee
  • Review of the 1965 party conference arrangements
  • The proposed increase in Members’ and Candidates’ annual subscriptions to constituency associations’ expenses, 1965
  • Arrangements for the National Union Executive policy weekend at Swinton College, June 1966

Includes:-

  • Pamphlet, Rules and Standing Orders of the National Union, Mar 1947 [Incorporating amendments made up to Mar 1964]
  • Agenda for National Union’s Executive Committee meeting of 03/11/1966
  • List of members of the National Union Executive Committee, 1966-1967
Nov 1959-Nov 1966
CCO 20/21/2 NUA - correspondence with Sir Clyde Hewlett 1965-7
CCO 20/21/3 NUA 1966-7
CCO 20/21/4 NUA Central Council Dec. 1966-Apr. 1967
CCO 20/21/5 NUA General Purposes Committee 1966-9
CCO 20/21/6 NUA Executive Committee 1966-7
CCO 20/21/7 1967 Party Conference general administration 1967
CCO 20/21/8 Correspondence with Chairman of the Executive Committee NUA, Sir Clyde Hewlett 1967-70
CCO 20/21/9 NEC NUA 1968-9
CCO 20/21/10 1968 Party Conference: agenda and resolutions submitted 1968
CCO 20/21/11 1968 Party Conference - publicity and policy documents 1968
CCO 20/21/12 1968 Party Conference - general administration 1968
CCO 20/21/13 NUA - general 1968-71
CCO 20/21/14 Correspondence concerning arrangements for the 1969 Party Conference

Correspondents include:-

  • Barber, Anthony, Party Chairman (1967-1970)
  • Cope, John, MP, Private Secretary to the Party Chairman
  • Fraser, Sir Michael, Deputy Party Chairman (1964-1975)

Includes:-

  • Conference agenda
  • Press cuttings from the Daily Telegraph concerning anticipated difficulties for the Party Conference over the Common Market, 25/09/1969
  • Briefing for Anthony Barber, Party Chairman for the Shadow Cabinet meeting of 29/09/1969, concerning Party Conference arrangements
  • Note by John Cope MP, Private Secretary to the Party Chairman, concerning subjects for inclusion in the Chairman’s annual conference speech
  • First draft of Anthony Barber’s speech to the Party Conference
  • Programme of music to accompany the beginning and end of each conference sessions
  • Telegrams addressed to Anthony Barber at the Hotel Metropole, Brighton, during the party conference, including one from Tom Rhys, General Secretary of the Association of Broadcasting and Allied Staff (ABS) informing him that the BBC will not be able to broadcast Edward Heath’s conference speech due to industrial action
1969
CCO 20/21/15 1969 Party Conference - motions and agenda

Includes:-

  • Statistics of Party Conferences, 1964-1968
  • Copy of the published Supplementary Agenda for the 1969 conference
  • Copy of the published Press Supplement for the 1969 conference
  • Transcript of Party Chairman Anthony Barber’s speech to the Party Conference
1969
CCO 20/21/16 NUA General Purposes Committee 1970-2
CCO 20/21/17 NUA Executive Committee meetings 1970
CCO 20/21/18 NUA Executive - selective employment tax 1969
CCO 20/21/19 Central Council meeting 1969
CCO 20/21/20 1970 Party Conference agenda and resolutions 1970
CCO 20/21/21 NUA Central Council meetings 1971-2
CCO 20/21/22 NUA Executive Committee 1971-2
CCO 20/21/23 General correspondence concerning the 1971 Party Conference

Subjects include:-

  • Arrangements for representatives from Northern Ireland to attend the Party Conference
  • Briefing for Pre-Party Conference press conference
  • Statistics of Party Conferences, 1967-1970
  • Statistics of those eligible to attend conference in 1971
  • Conference resolutions
  • Briefing prior to Party Chairman’s television interview by Emyr Daniel for Report Wales, 15/10/1971
Sep-Oct 1971
CCO 20/21/24 Memoranda from Sir Michael Fraser, Deputy Party Chairman to the Party Chairman, Peter Thomas, concerning the agenda and resolutions for the Party Conference

Includes:-

  • Copy of the published Supplementary Agenda for the 1971 conference, including an Emergency Resolution on Northern Ireland
  • Draft text of the Party Chairman’s speech to the Party Conference, with annotations
1971
CCO 20/21/25 1975 Central Council meeting, Harrogate 1975
CCO 20/21/26 1976 Central Council meeting, Norwich 1976
CCO 20/21/27 1977 Central Council meeting, Torquay 1977
CCO 20/21/28 1978 Central Council meeting, Leicester 1978
CCO 20/21/29 1979 Central Council meeting, Solihull 1979
CCO 20/21/30 1980 Central Council meeting, Bournemouth 1980
CCO 20/21/31 Itinerary for Party Chairman Lord Thorneycroft’s attendance at the Central Council meeting, Cardiff, 27-28 March, 1981 1981

        Area Offices, 1959-1981

            Area Chairmen, 1967-1974

CCO 20/11/15 Correspondence - Area Chairmen 1967
CCO 20/11/22 Area Chairmen - dinners 1967
CCO 20/11/24 Area Chairmen - correspondence 1967-71
CCO 20/11/74 Area Chairmen - correspondence 1972-4

            Eastern Area, 1967-1972

CCO 20/11/16 Eastern Area 1967
CCO 20/11/30 Eastern Area Council meeting Nov. 1968
CCO 20/11/37 Eastern Area 1968-72
CCO 20/11/50 Visit to Eastern Area Nov. 1969
CCO 20/11/69 Eastern Area 1971

            Greater London Area, 1967-1985

CCO 20/11/14 Greater London 1966-7
CCO 20/11/23 Greater London Area - general 1967-9
CCO 20/11/53 GLA (1) 1970
CCO 20/11/54 GLA (2) 1970
CCO 20/11/55 GLA - housing 1969-70
CCO 20/11/66 GLA 1970-1
CCO 20/11/67 GLA 1971-2
CCO 20/11/78 Greater London Money Bill c.1974-6
CCO 20/11/79 Greater London Money Bill 1976
CCO 20/11/88 Greater London Authority 1984-1985

            East Midlands Area, 1966-1972

CCO 20/11/6 East Midlands 1966-7
CCO 20/11/32 Nottingham Conservative Association rally July 1968
CCO 20/11/33 East Midlands Area visit May 1968
CCO 20/11/36 East Midlands Area 1968-72
CCO 20/11/56 East and West Midlands visit 1970
CCO 20/11/68 East Midlands Area visit May 1971

            West Midlands Area, 1966-1970

CCO 20/11/7 West Midlands 1966-7
CCO 20/11/26 West Midlands Area visits 1967-8
CCO 20/11/27 West Midlands Area Council visited by Chairman Oct. 1968
CCO 20/11/42 West Midlands Area 1968-70

            Northern Area, 1965-1971

CCO 20/11/4 Northern Area 1965-8
CCO 20/11/18 Northern Area 1967
CCO 20/11/35 Northern Area visit Nov. 1968
CCO 20/11/52 Northern Area 1969-71
CCO 20/11/65 Northern Area 1970-1

            North West Area, 1966-1971; 1975

CCO 20/11/5 North-West Oct. 1966
CCO 20/11/17 North Western Area 1967
CCO 20/11/28 North West Area 1968-9
CCO 20/11/29 North West Area Council meeting 1968
CCO 20/11/51 North-Western visit June 1969
CCO 20/11/57 North Western Area 1970-1
CCO 20/11/77 A Conservative Strategy for Greater Manchester Apr. 1975

            Scotland, 1959-1981

CCO 20/11/1 Scotland: Correspondence concerning the state of the Conservative Party in Scotland and the future of the Scottish organisation

Correspondents include:-

  • Aldington, Lord, Deputy Party Chairman
  • Brooke, Mrs Barbara, Party Vice-Chairman
  • Buchanan-Smith, Alick, Deputy Party Chairman, Scottish Unionist Party
  • Butler, RA, Party Chairman
  • Hailsham, Viscount, Leader of the House of Lords
  • Kilmuir, Viscount, Lord High Chancellor
  • Maclean, Sir Fitzroy, MP for Bute and Northern Ayrshire
  • Macleod, Iain, Party Chairman
  • Macmillan, Harold, Prime Minister
  • Redmayne, Martin, Chief Whip
  • Stuart, James, Viscount Stuart of Findhorn, Chairman of the Scottish Unionist Party
  • Wolrige-Gordon, Patrick, MP for East Aberdeenshire
  • Wyndham, John, Prime Minister's Office [?]
Nov 1959-Dec 1959; Feb 1961-May 1962
CCO 20/11/3 Scotland: Correspondence, memoranda and press releases concerning the state of the Conservative Party in Scotland and the future of the Scottish organisation

Correspondents include:-

  • Anderson, Sir Gilmour Menzies, Chairman, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Cann, Edward du, Party Chairman
  • Fraser, Michael, Deputy Party Chairman
  • Gilmour, Sir John, MP for East Fife
  • Heath, Edward

Includes:-

  • Correspondence concerning the need for Shadow Cabinet members to visit Scottish marginal seats which the Conservatives could win, 1965
  • Briefing – leaflet issued by Scottish Conservative Central Office, Dec 1966
  • Points of Action from a meeting chaired by Edward Heath on Scottish Nationalism, dated 16/11/1967
Sep-Oct 1965; May & Nov 1966; Jan-Dec 1967
CCO 20/11/25 Scottish Conservative Women's Annual Conference Nov. 1967
CCO 20/11/38 Scotland: Correspondence mainly concerning the creation of the Scottish Constitutional Committee by Edward Heath to examine the possibilities for devolution in Scotland, and in particular the establishment of a Scottish Assembly with legislative powers

Correspondents include:-

  • Anderson, Sir Gilmour Menzies, Chairman, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Barber, Anthony, Party Chairman
  • Cope, John, Personal Assistant to the Party Chairman
  • Fraser, Sir Michael, Deputy Party Chairman
  • Kernohan, Mr RD, Director-General, Scottish Conservative Central Office
  • MacGregor, John, Head of Leader’s Private Office

Includes:-

  • Scottish Conservative Central Office press release containing transcript of Edward Heath’s speech to the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Association Annual Conference, Perth, 18/05/1968
  • Conference handbook, Scottish Conservative & Unionist Association Annual Conference, Edinburgh, 15-17 May 1969
  • Pamphlet, ‘Scotland’s Government: the report of the Scottish Constitutional Committee’, 1970

Feb 1968-Feb 1969
CCO 20/11/49 Scottish Tour 1969
CCO 20/11/70 Scotland: Correspondence concerning the relation of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party with the UK Party organisation; electoral prospects; Scottish National Party successes; and annual conference of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Association

Correspondents include:-

  • Bell, Arthur J, Director, Scotland Direct
  • Bell, Charles, Treasurer, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
  • Carrington, Lord, Party Chairman
  • Thom, J Stuart, Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles Conservative and Unionist Association
  • Younger, Sir William McEwan, Chairman, Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party

Includes:-

  • Memorandum concerning the integration of the Scottish Conservatives’ organisation into the UK Party organisation, ND [c1972]
  • Scottish Conservative and Unionist Central Office press release comprising speech by Lord Carrington, Secretary of State for Defence, at the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Association Annual Conference, 11/05/1972
  • Draft of speech by Lord Carrington to the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Association Annual Conference, ND [c1972]
  • Notes of a meeting on Scotland attended by Lord Carrington, Party Chairman, Sir William McEwan Younger, Chairman, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Charles Bell, Treasurer, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Sir Michael Fraser, Deputy Party Chairman, and Sir Richard Webster, Director of Organisation, Conservative Central Office, 10/04/1974
  • Conference handbook, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Association Annual Conference, Ayr, 16-18 May 1974

May 1972-Apr 1974
CCO 20/11/80 Scotland: Correspondence and papers concerning the Fairgrieve Committee of Enquiry set up to consider the constitutional position of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Association and its relationship with the Scottish Conservative Central Office, in comparison the position in England

[The terms of reference of this committee, chaired by the Chairman of the Scottish Conservative Party Russell Fairgrieve MP, was: 'To compare the organisational and constitutional relationship of the National Union to Central Office with that between the S.C.U.A. and the Chairman's Office in Scotland; to isolate, examine, and assess such factors as might determine the necessity for continuing differences between the two relationships; to consider the desirability and the feasibility of integration, wholly or partially, of S.C.U.A. into the National Union, and of the Chairman's Office in Scotland into the Central Office organisation; to make recommendations.']

The Committee consisted of the following:-

  • Russell Fairgrieve MP, Chairman of the Conservative Party in Scotland
  • Charles W. Bell, Deputy Chairman and National Treasurer
  • William A. Dalziel, Deputy Chairman
  • Tom N.H .Young, President, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Association
  • Russell Sanderson, Vice-President, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Association
  • Dr. Alistair Smith, Vice-President, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Association
  • Graham Macmillan, Director of the Scottish Conservative Party
  • Andrew Strang, Secretary, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Association

Includes:-

  • Fairgrieve Report, 18/11/1976 [Photocopy only]
  • Letter from Margaret Thatcher to Russell Fairgrieve concerning the report, 02/12/1976 [Photocopy only]
  • Memorandum from Russell Fairgrieve to Lord Thorneycroft, 'Memorandum on the Recommendations of the Fairgrieve Committee of Enquiry', 06/12/1976
  • Annotated copy of 'Memorandum Supplementary to Mr Russell Fairgrieve's Letter to Lord Thorneycroft dated 6th December 1976' [Author not known]
  • Circular letter from Russell Fairgrieve accompanying copies of the report sent to members of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Association Executive Committee, 30/03/1977 [Photocopy only]

Nov 1976-Mar 1977
CCO 20/11/81 Scotland: Correspondence and papers concerning the Fairgrieve Committee and reorganisation of the Party in Scotland

Correspondents include:-

  • Bell, Charles, Deputy Chairman and National Treasurer, Scottish Conservative Party
  • Fairgrieve, Russell, Chairman, Scottish Conservative Party
  • Findlay, Charles, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Association Executive Committee
  • Garner, Anthony, Director of Organisation, Conservative Central Office
  • Harvie Anderson, Margaret Betty, MP for Renfrewshire East
  • Hooson, Tom, Conservative Central Office
  • Howarth, Alan, Personal Assistant to Party Chairman Lord Thorneycroft
  • Ryder, Richard, Private Office of Margaret Thatcher
  • Sproat, Iain, MP for Aberdeen South
  • Thorneycroft, Lord, Conservative Party Chairman
  • Turpie, Councillor Leonard, Leader of the Conservative Group, Strathclyde Regional Council
  • Webster, Sir Richard, Director of Organisation, Conservative Central Office

Includes:-

  • Scottish Conservative and Unionist Central Office press release concerning the setting up of the Fairgrieve Committee, 16/06/1976
  • Drafts of memorandum from Russell Fairgrieve to Margaret Thatcher, 'Organisation of the Party in Scotland', edited by Alan Howarth, ND [1976]
  • Memorandum from Russell Fairgrieve to Lord Thorneycroft, 'Memorandum on the Recommendations of the Fairgrieve Committee of Enquiry', 06/12/1976
  • Minutes [including separate, heavily annotated copy] of a meeting concerning the Party organisation in Scotland, chaired by Lord Thorneycroft, 16/12/1976
  • Cutting from The Guardian, 'Tories win new Scottish friends', 24/01/1977
  • Minutes of a meeting on Scotland between Lord Thorneycroft, William Clark, Tony Garner, and Alan Howarth, 24/01/1977
  • Minutes of a meeting to discuss the amalgamation of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Central Office with the English Central Office, chaired by Lord Thorneycroft, 25/01/1977
  • Minutes of meeting concerning Scotland, attended by Lord Thorneycroft, Robert McAlpine, Anthony Garner, Russell Fairgrieve, and Graham Macmillan, 02/03/1977
  • Circular letter from Russell Fairgrieve accompanying copies of the report sent to members of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Association Executive Committee, 30/03/1977 [Photocopy only]
  • Scottish Conservative and Unionist Central Office press release announcing the release of the Fairgrieve Report, 04/04/1977
  • Memorandum of Dissent on the Fairgrieve Report, Charles Findlay, 17/04/1977
  • Copy correspondence between Iain Sproat MP and Margaret Thatcher concerning the organisation of the Party in Scotland, Mar 1978

Jun 1976-Nov 1978
CCO 20/11/82 Scotland: Correspondence and papers concerning the White Paper 'Our Changing Democracy: Devolution to Scotland and Wales' (Cmnd. 6348) and the resulting referendum

Correspondents include:-

  • Bowis, John, Conservative Central Office
  • Britto, Keith, Conservative Research Department
  • Douglas, James, Conservative Research Department
  • Howarth, Alan, Personal Assistant to Party Chairman Lord Thorneycroft
  • Saville, Chris, Private Secretary to the Lord President of the Council, Privy Council Office
  • Taylor, John M., Conservative Group Leader, West Midlands County Council
  • Thatcher, Margaret, Leader of the Conservative Party
  • Thorneycroft, Lord, Conservative Party Chairman

Includes:-

  • Paper [ref. LCC/75/88] prepared by the Conservative Research Department for circulation to the Shadow Cabinet, 'Devolution in England.' Timothy Raison, 16/11/1975
  • Paper [ref. LCC/75/89] prepared by the Conservative Research Department for circulation to the Shadow Cabinet, 'Policy Paper on Devolution from the Scottish Devolution Policy Group chaired by Mr. Rifkind', 23/11/1975
  • Extract of speech by Michael Foot MP concerning devolution given at the Labour Party Conference, Blackpool, 28/09/1976
  • Paper, 'Scotland and Wales Bill. Proposed reply to Government request for a Timetable agreement', 22/12/1976
  • HMSO pamphlet, Devolution: The English Dimension. A Consultative Document, Dec 1976
  • Paper [ref. LSC/77/57] prepared by the Conservative Research Department for circulation to the Steering Committee, 'Devolution: Conservative Policy. A Proposal for a Constitutional Conference', Francis Pym, 10/02/1977
  • Paper [ref. LCC/77/156] prepared by the Conservative Research Department for circulation to the Shadow Cabinet, 'Devolution - The Way Ahead', Teddy Taylor, 16/02/1977
  • Paper by Francis Pym MP, 'Devolution', 23/09/1977
  • Paper, 'Regional Devolution in England', ND [c. 1977; No author given]
  • Conservative Central Office/Scottish Conservative and Unionist Central Office press releases concerning devolution:-
    • Policy Announcement by Francis Pym MP, Chief Opposition Spokesman on Devolution, 'Conservative Devolution Policy: A New Approach', 19/02/1977
    • Extract from speech by Francis Pym MP, 'Six Points for the Devolution Talks', 26/02/1977
    • Extract from speech by Francis Pym MP, 'Federalism and Devolution in the UK', 06/04/1977
    • Extract from speech by Francis Pym MP to the Scottish Conservative Party Conference, 12/05/1977
    • Extract from speech by Francis Pym MP, 'Possible terms of reference for a Joint Select Committee on Devolution', 28/05/1977

Nov 1975-Sep 1977
CCO 20/11/83 Scotland - Devolution and Scottish Referendum (II) 1978
CCO 20/11/84 Scotland - Devolution and Scottish Referendum (III) 1978-9
CCO 20/11/85 Scotland - Scottish Umbrella 1977-9
CCO 20/11/86 Scotland - Scottish Referendum 1978-9
CCO 20/11/87 Scotland - "Scotland Says No!", correspondence 1978-81

            South East Area, 1966-1970

CCO 20/11/8 South Eastern 1966-7
CCO 20/11/40 South Eastern Area 1968-70

            Wales and Monmouth Area, 1966-1972

CCO 20/11/13 General correspondence concerning the Wales and Monmouth Area

Correspondents include:-

  • Cann, Edward du, Conservative Party Chairman
  • Davies, Howard, Central Office Agent, Wales and Monmouthshire
  • Graesser, Alastair S.D., Area Chairman, Wales and Monmouthshire
  • Hallinan, Sir Charles, Chairman, Wales and Monmouthshire Conservative and Unionist Council
  • Parnaby, Miss E., Deputy Central Office Agent, Wales and Monmouthshire
  • Thomas, J.S., Conservative Parliamentary Candidate
  • Wolstenholme, L., Central Office Agent, Wales and Monmouthshire

Subjects include:-

  • Use of the terms 'Conservative Party of Wales'
  • Adoption of Conservative Candidate for Carmarthen by-election
  • Resignation of Sir Charles Hallinan as Area Chairman, Wales and Monmouth

Includes:-

  • Leaflet, 'Action - Not Words - for Wales', with foreword by Edward Heath, ND [c.1967]

May 1966-Sep 1967
CCO 20/11/20 Correspondence and papers concerning the visits of Party Chairman Anthony Barber to Cardiff on 29/09/1967 and Swansea on 30/11/1967

Correspondents include:-

  • Graesser, Alastair S.D., Area Chairman, Wales and Monmouthshire

Includes:-

  • Briefing paper, 'Political Situation - South Wales', 18/09/1967
  • Itinerary for visits

1967
CCO 20/11/21 Correspondence and papers concerning the visit of Party Chairman Anthony Barber to Caerphilly, during the Caerphilly By-election campaign, 05/07/1968

Correspondents include:-

  • Wolstenholme, L., Central Office Agent, Wales and Monmouthshire

Includes:-

  • Leaflet, 'Action - Not Words - for Wales', with foreword by Edward Heath, ND [c.1967]
  • Annotated draft speech note, 'Unemployment in Wales', Nov 1967
  • Notes concerning Callaghan's resignation as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Nov 1967
  • Paper, 'Briefing Notes South Wales', 23/11/1967
  • Draft press release for the Chairman's visit to Caerphilly during the by-election campaign, ND [c.1968]
  • Notes concerning devolution in Wales, Ian Grist, Jul 1968
  • Background brief concerning the Caerphilly By-election, 11/07/1968
  • Itinerary for visit, 11/07/1968
  • Election address for Robert Blake, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate during the Caerphilly By-Election, 18/08/1968

1967-8
CCO 20/11/39 Wales and Monmouth Area: General correspondence

Correspondents include:-

  • Barber, Anthony, Conservative Party Chairman
  • Block, Geoffrey, Conservative Research Department
  • Gibson-Watt, David, MP for Hereford
  • Graesser, Alastair S.D., Area Chairman, Wales and Monmouthshire
  • Myddelton, Captain D.F., Chairman, Wrexham Conservative Association

Subjects include:-

  • Implication for Wales of the policy proposal to create a Scottish Assemby
  • Policy proposals for Wales
  • Conservative manifesto pledges concerning the office of Secretary of State for Wales
  • Critical seats in Wales: Cardiff North and Conway
  • Request for high-calibre speakers for Wrexham
  • Visit of Party Chairman Peter Thomas to Wales

Includes:-

  • Memorandum, 'Welsh reflections on the repercussions of the announcement of a Scottish Assembly', 07/05/1968 [Author: David Gibson-Watt MP]
  • Conservative Central Office press release, 'Seminar on the Economy of Wales', 20/10/1969
  • Wales and Monmouthshire Conservative and Unionist Council pamphlet, Wales into the 70s including foreword by Edward Heath, setting out the Conservative Party's policy on Wales, 1970
  • Conservative Central Office press release announcing the publication of the policy statement, Wales into the 70s, 29/01/1970
  • Leaflet, A Better Tomorrow for Wales, ND [1970]
  • Minutes of meeting of the Wales and Monmouthshire Conservative and Unionist Council Executive Committee, 18/07/1970
  • Itinerary for Party Chairman Peter Thomas's visit to Wales, 20/21 November 1970
  • Transcript of speech by Party Chairman Peter Thomas at Colwyn Bay, 20/11/1970
  • Conservative Central Office press release concerning speech by Conservative Party Chairman and Secretary of State for Wales Peter Thomas at the Wales and Monmouthshire Area Executive Council, 21/11/1970

May 1968-Nov 1970
CCO 20/11/46 Wales and Western Area: Papers primarily concerning visits by Party Chairman Anthony Barber to South Wales in November 1967, and Bristol, Feb 1969

Correspondents include:-

  • Wolstenholme, L., Central Office Agent, Wales and Monmouthshire

Includes:-

  • Western Area/CPC pamphlet, 'The future of the South West', Ben Patterson, ND [c.1967/1968]
  • Speech note, 'Unemployment in Wales', ND [No author given]
  • Paper, 'Political Situation - South Wales', 19/09/1967 [Author: IG]
  • Paper, 'Briefing Notes South Wales', 23/11/1967
  • Conservative Central Office press release concerning speech by Party Chairman Anthony Barber, Cardiff, 30/11/1967
  • Notes concerning the opposition of Bristol City Council to the proposal to nationalise Bristol Docks, ND [c.1968-1969]
  • Draft annotated typescript of interview with Mrs Katharine Macmillan, Vice-Chairman (Women), for the Tavistock Conservative Association magazine, 21/08/1968
  • Itinerary for Party Chairman Anthony Barber's visit to Bristol, 3-4 February, 1969
  • Briefing paper for Anthony Barber's visit to Cardiff, 04/02/1969

Sep 1967-Feb 1969
CCO 20/11/47 Correspondence and papers concerning attendance of Party Chairman Anthony Barber at the Annual General Meeting of the Wales and Monmouthshire Area Council, 22/06/1968 and the CPC Wales and Monmouthshire Area Annual Conference, 22-23 Jun 1968

Correspondents include:-

  • Cope, John, Personal Adviser to Party Chairman Anthony Barber
  • Johnson Smith, Geoffrey, Conservative Party Vice-Chairman

Includes:-

  • Wales and Monmouthshire Conservative and Unionist Council: Annual report and statement of accounts, Jun 1968

June 1968
CCO 20/11/62 Correspondence and papers concerning visit of Party Chairman Peter Thomas to Cardiff, 6th November, 1970, and attendance at the Annual General Meeting of the Wales and Monmouthshire Area Council, 17/04/1971

Includes:-

  • National Union press release concerning Prime Minister Edward Heath's speech at the Annual Conservative Party Conference, 10/10/1970
  • Notes for visit to Cardiff, 06/11/1970
  • Draft annotated notes for speech by Party Chairman Peter Thomas to the Cardiff City Conservative Association, 05/11/1970 [Author: Ian Deslandes/MB]
  • Conservative Central Office press release containing extract of speech by Party Chairman Peter Thomas to the Cardiff City Conservative Association, 06/11/1970
  • Wales and Monmouthshire Conservative and Unionist Council: Annual report, 1971
  • Annotated draft of speech by Party Chairman Peter Thomas to the Wales and Monmouthshire Area AGM, ND [c.Apr 1971]

Nov 1970-Apr 1971
CCO 20/11/63 General correspondence concerning the Wales and Monmouth Area

Correspondents include:-

  • Barber, Anthony, Chancellor of the Exchequer
  • Deslandes, Ian, Personal Advisor to Party Chairman Peter Thomas
  • Graesser, Alastair S.D., Area Chairman, Wales and Monmouthshire
  • Jones, Major Ben, Agent, Cardiganshire Conservative and Unionist Association
  • Lloyd, L.M., Private Secretary, Welsh Office
  • Poole, C.B., Group Agent, Ogmore Conservative and Unionist Association
  • Thomas, Peter, Conservative Party Chairman
  • Wolstenholme, L., Central Office Agent, Wales and Monmouthshire

Subjects include:-

  • Effect of estate duty on the estate of Mrs Jean Morgan, Welsh Area Honorary Auditor
  • Bi-lingual schools in Wales
  • Chairmanship of Caernarvonshire and Anglesey Hospital Management Committee

Includes:-

  • Minutes of meeting of the Wales and Monmouthshire Conservative and Unionist Council Executive Committee, 21/11/1970
  • Conservative Central Office press release containing extract of speech by Party Chairman Peter Thomas to the Wales and Monmouthshire Area AGM, 17/04/1971
  • Minutes of meeting of the Wales and Monmouthshire Conservative and Unionist Council Executive Committee, 27/11/1971

Nov 1970-Mar 1972
CCO 20/11/64 Party Chairman Peter Thomas's visit to Wales and Monmouth Area Women's Conference, 28th September, 1970

Correspondents include:-

  • Reeve, Mrs Phyllis, Deputy Central Office Agent, Wales and Monmouthshire Area

Includes:-

  • Brief synopsis of the Wales and Monmouthshire Area
  • Resolutions submitted to the Wales and Monmouthshire Area Women's Conference by various Women's Divisional Advisory Committees

Sep 1970

            Wessex Area, 1966-1971

CCO 20/11/10 West Country 1966-7
CCO 20/11/11 West Country manifesto 1966
CCO 20/11/12 Wessex Area 1966-7
CCO 20/11/41 Wessex Area 1968-9
CCO 20/11/45 Wessex Area Council May 1969
CCO 20/11/61 Wessex Area 1970-1

            Western Area, 1966-1974

CCO 20/11/9 Western 1966-7
CCO 20/11/19 Western Area 1967
CCO 20/11/34 Western Area visit Apr. 1968
CCO 20/11/43 Western Area 1968-70
CCO 20/11/60 Visit to Western Area Nov. 1970
CCO 20/11/71 Western Area 1972-4
CCO 20/11/75 Western Area AGM Apr. 1973

            Yorkshire Area, 1965-1974

CCO 20/11/2 Yorkshire 1965, 1967
CCO 20/11/31 80th Annual Meeting of Yorkshire Provincial Area Apr. 1968
CCO 20/11/44 Yorkshire Area 1968-9
CCO 20/11/48 Yorkshire visit April 1969
CCO 20/11/58 Yorkshire Area 1970-1
CCO 20/11/59 Yorkshire Area visit Nov. 1970
CCO 20/11/72 Yorkshire Sept. 1972
CCO 20/11/73 Yorkshire Area 1972-4
CCO 20/11/76 Yorkshire Tour Sept. 1973

        National Advisory Committees of the National Union, 1962-1983

            Young Conservatives, 1964-1983

CCO 20/47/1 The Macleod Report on Young Conservatives Organisation 1964-5
CCO 20/47/2 Young Conservatives 1967-8
CCO 20/47/3 Young Conservatives 1968-9
CCO 20/47/4 Young Conservatives Conference 1968-9
CCO 20/47/5 Young Conservatives - correspondence re. Greater London Ycs 1969
CCO 20/47/6 Young Conservatives 1970-2
CCO 20/47/7 Young Conservatives 1972-3
CCO 20/47/8 Research Survey of the Younger Voter 1970-4
CCO 20/47/9 Youth and Community Affairs 1975-81
CCO 20/47/10 Community Affairs Department 1977
CCO 20/47/11 A Report of a Conservative Party Study Group on Youth Policy 1977-8
CCO 20/47/12 Committee on Youth 1977-8
CCO 20/47/13 Young Conservative Problems 1983

            Students, 1965-1974

CCO 20/53/1 Universities - recruitment plans 1965-7
CCO 20/53/2 FUCUA/FCS 1967
CCO 20/53/3 FUCUA 1968-72
CCO 20/53/4 FCS Annual Conference 1968-71
CCO 20/53/5 FCS 1972-4

            Women, 1962-1971

CCO 20/36/1 Women's Policy Group report Dec. 1962-July 1963
CCO 20/36/2 Women's organisations 1965, 1967
CCO 20/36/3 Women's conference June 1967
CCO 20/36/4 Women's conference 1968
CCO 20/36/5 Chairman's Office contact with the Parliamentary Sub-Committee of the Conservative Women's National Advisory Committee

Correspondents include:-

  • Balniel, Lord, Robert Alexander Lindsay, Opposition Spokesman on Health and Social Security
  • Barber, Anthony, Conservative Party Chairman
  • Cope, John, Private Secretary to Party Chairman Anthony Barber
  • Doughty, Adelaide, Chairman, Parliamentary Sub-committee, Women's National Advisory Committee
  • Dumas, Charles, Conservative Research Department
  • Macleod, Iain, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
  • Macmillan, Mrs Katharine, Vice-Chairman (Women)
  • Macmillan, Maurice, MP
  • Sewill, Brendon, Director, Conservative Research Department
  • Shepherd, Dame Margaret, Chairman, Parliamentary Sub-Committee, Conservative Women's National Advisory Committee
  • Varley, Joan, Deputy Director of Organisation, Conservative Central Office

Subjects include:-

  • Anomalies in the Law affecting women
  • Widows' pensions
  • The plight of the elderly
  • Nurses' pay

Includes:-

  • Memorandum, 'The present position of women under the Law', ND [c.1967], author not given
  • Memorandum, 'Points for discussion with the Party Chairman - 1968', Parliamentary Sub-Committee, Women's National Advisory Committee, ND [Nov 1968]
  • Minutes of meetings of the Party Chairman with the Parliamentary Sub-Committee:-
    • 09/11/1968
    • Apr 1969
    • 25/04/1969

Nov 1967-Aug 1969
CCO 20/36/6 Chairman's Office contact with the Women's National Advisory Committee, mainly concerning the Cripps Committee report

Correspondents include:-

  • Cope, John, Private Secretary to Party Chairman Anthony Barber
  • Doughty, Adelaide, Chairman, Parliamentary Sub-committee, Women's National Advisory Committee
  • Fraser, Michael, Deputy Party Chairman
  • Hogg, Quentin, Lord Hailsham of Marylebone
  • Roberts, Shelagh, Chairman, Women's National Advisory Committee
  • Smith, Margot, Chairman, Women's National Advisory Committee
  • Thomas, Peter, Conservative Party Chairman
  • Varley, Joan, Deputy Director of Organisation, Conservative Central Office

Subjects include:-

  • Research committee into the position of women under the Law [the Cripps Committee]
  • Equal Pay for women
  • Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill

Includes:-

  • Pamphlet, Women in Politics, Elisabeth Sturges-Jones, Publicity Department, Conservative Central Office, Jan 1968
  • Pamphlet, Women in Politics (revised edition), Elisabeth Sturges-Jones, Publicity Department, Conservative Central Office, Mar 1971
  • Conservative Central Office press release concerning the appointment of Margot Smith as Chairman of the Conservative Women's National Advisory Committee, 26/06/1969
  • Department of Employment and Productivity report, Equal Pay. Proposals for Legislation, 02/10/1969
  • Paper circulated to the Parliamentary Sub-Committee of the Women's National Advisory Committee, The Position on Cripps & Finer Evidence, Feb 1971
  • Report of meeting of the Parliamentary Sub-Committee concerning the Cripps Report, dated 16/02/1971
  • Pamphlet, Agents and Women Organisers: The Recommended Salary Scale, Conservative Central Office, Sep 1969

Jan 1968-May 1971
CCO 20/36/7 Cripps Committee on Women's Rights - report 1969
CCO 20/36/8 Correspondence and papers concerning the Party Chairman's speech to the Annual Conference of the Conservative Women's National Advisory Committee, 18th May, 1971

Correspondents include:-

  • Deslandes, Ian, Personal Advisor to Party Chairman Peter Thomas
  • Smith, Margot, Chairman, Women's National Advisory Committee
  • Morrison, Sara, Vice-Chairman (Women)
  • Newton, Tony, Conservative Research Department
  • Thomas, Peter, Conservative Party Chairman

Includes:-

  • Notes for Peter Thomas's speech, 17/05/1971 [Author: AHN/ML]
  • Transcript of speech [22pp]

1971

        Constituency Associations, 1950-1983

            Circulars and Messages from the Party Chairman, 1950-1983

CCO 20/6/1 Chairman's Office circulars signed by Lord Woolton 1950-5
CCO 20/6/2 Circulars issued to constituency association chairmen by the Party Chairman [Successively:- Lord Hailsham (1957-1959); RA Butler (1959-1961); Iain Macleod (1961-1963); Lord Poole (1963); Lord Blakenham (1963-1965); Edward du Cann (1965-1967); and Anthony Barber (1967-1970)

Subjects include:-

  • United Nations' resolution on disarmament, Mar 1958
  • 1959 General Election result/1960 local elections/Conservative trade unionists, Dec 1959
  • Party organisation/the Budget, Apr 1960
  • Young Conservatives' national membership campaign, July 1960
  • Economic situation/The Common Market/International situation, Aug 1961
  • Army reserves and temporary extension of National Service/immigration controls, Nov 1961
  • National Membership Campaign for 1962, Nov 1961
  • Economic policy/current legislation/foreign affairs, Jan 1962
  • By-election results and Liberal revival, Mar 1962
  • Cabinet re-shuffle/Common Market/Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference/Ministerial speaking campaigns, July 1962
  • Nassau Agreement/Unemployment/Common Market negotiations/Liberal advances, Jan 1963
  • Appointment of Lord Poole as Joint Party Chairman/Economic upturn/Local elections/Appointment of Harold Wilson as leader of the Labour Party, Apr 1963
  • Article by TE Utley published in The Spectator dated 10/05/1963, entitled 'Eleven years of Tory rule'
  • Canvassing/Replacement of Macmillan by Douglas-Home, Nov 1963
  • Local elections/General Election/CPC publications, Jan 1964
  • Postponement of General Election until the Autumn/Lack of clarity over Labour Party policies, Apr 1964
  • Launch of General Election campaign, Oct 1964
  • New Leadership selection procedures/Socialist propaganda/Balance of payments problem, Mar 1965
  • Changes in the relationship of the CPC with the Conservative Party, Mar 1965
  • Policy groups set up by Douglas-Home under Edward Heath/Members of the Shadow Cabinet, Apr 1965
  • Local elections, Apr 1965
  • Local elections, May 1965
  • Swinton College's annual course for constituency agents [including programme], May 1965
  • Resignation statement by Sir Alec Douglas-Home, July 1965
  • Leadership election, July 1965
  • Chelmer Committee's recommendations on the recruitment, training and employment of Agents, Aug 1965
  • Fundraising campaign by the National Union's Executive Committee, Sep 1965
  • Revised salary scales for constituency Agents, Sep 1965
  • Party Conference/New policy document, Putting Britain Right Ahead, Oct 1965
  • Extract from speech by Edward du Cann concerning Erith by-election success, 12/11/1965
  • Macleod Report on the Young Conservatives, Dec 1965
  • Pre-General Election briefing, Mar 1966
  • Encouraging opinion polls, Mar 1966
  • General Election defeat, Apr 1966
  • Annual Local Government Conference, 10-11 Mar 1966
  • Retirements of Sir William Urton, General Director, and Rex Bagnall, Chief Organisation Officer; Appointment of Susan Walker as Vice Chairman - Organisation and Richard Webster as Director of Organisation, May 1966
  • Swinton College's annual course for constituency Agents [including programme], June 1966
  • Appointment of Joan Varley as Deputy Director of Organisation, June 1966
  • Appointment of JR Rathbone as Chief Publicity Officer, Sep 1966
  • Appointment of Russell Lewis as Director, Conservative Political Centre, Sep 1966
  • Opposition to the London Government Bill which would postpone the London borough elections from 1967 to 1968, Oct 1966
  • Labour Government divisions/Local elections/Briefings by Members of the Parliamentary Party in the Areas/Progress of the CPC's new 'Three-Way Contact' programme, Mar 1967
  • GLC Elections, Apr 1967
  • Local elections, May 1967
  • Swinton College's annual course for constituency Agents, May 1967
  • Request for 2 guinea donation towards paying for the cost of the commemorative bust of Sir Winston Churchill, Dec 1967
Mar 1958-Dec 1967
CCO 20/6/3 Chairman's message

Consists of the following:-

  • Typescript copy of article to be published in The Rostrum – the magazine of the Combined English Universities Conservative Association – by Party Chairman RA Butler, ND [c1959-1961]
  • Notes of a meeting between Lord Woolton and members of the Conservative Graduates Association concerning the decision not to introduce a Bill to re-introduce University seats, ND [c1951-1955]
  • Extracts from correspondence between the Revd. WJ Bolt, Editor of the The Rostrum and RA Butler, Party Chairman, concerning the lack of prayers prior to meetings of the Central Council of the National Union, 21/01/1960
1960
CCO 20/6/4 Circulars 1967-70
CCO 20/6/5 Chairman's message to constituencies, organisations, etc. 1968-72
CCO 20/6/6 Circulars 1969-71
CCO 20/6/7 Chairman's messages 1974-5
CCO 20/6/8 Miscellaneous Confidential Memorandum 1972
CCO 20/6/9 Circulars 1972-5
CCO 20/6/10 Circulars 1976-81
CCO 20/6/11 Circulars 1982-3
CCO 20/6/12 Circulars 1983-4

            Contact with individual constituency associations, 1965-1974

CCO 20/50/1 Cities of London and Westminster 1965-7
CCO 20/50/2 Cities of Inquiry (Brooke Report) 1966-7
CCO 20/50/3 Chiselhurst: criticism of Party leadership and amalgamation of Chiselhurst and Bexley constituencies; correspondence regarding Chiselhurst 1968-9
CCO 20/50/4 Constituency Chairmen - correspondence with 1970
CCO 20/50/5 Correspondence with constituencies 1974

            Constituency and Area Resolutions, and Ministerial Replies, 1967-1972

CCO 20/70/1 Resolutions Jan.-Dec. 1967
CCO 20/70/2 Resolutions received 1969-70
CCO 20/70/3 Constituency and Area Resolutions and Ministerial replies 1970
CCO 20/70/4 Resolutions sent to the Party Chairman by local Conservative associations, Provincial Areas of the National Union, and national and Area level advisory committees on a variety of issues, together with occasional responses from the Party Chairman or appropriate Minister 1971
CCO 20/70/5 Resolutions sent to the Party Chairman by local Conservative associations, Provincial Areas of the National Union, and national and Area level advisory committees on a variety of issues, together with occasional responses from the Party Chairman or appropriate Minister 1972

            Agents, 1966-1980

CCO 20/54/1 Agents 1966-7
CCO 20/54/2 Election aids for Agents (pack) 1969
CCO 20/54/3 General Correspondence 1968-71
CCO 20/54/4 Salaries (miscellaneous) 1947-69
CCO 20/54/5 General correspondence 1972-4
CCO 20/54/6 Letters regarding Central Employment of Agents 1973-4
CCO 20/54/7 Agents Central Employment Board 1973-4
CCO 20/54/8 Agents Salary Review 1973-4
CCO 20/54/9 Training Committee 1977
CCO 20/54/10 Training in the Conservative Party - report 1980

        Conservative Research Department (CRD), 1965-1985

CCO 20/49/1 Correspondence with CRD 1965-7
CCO 20/49/2 Correspondence with CRD 1967-8
CCO 20/49/3 The Determination of Political Attitude and Voting Behaviour (Britain's Market Research Bureau) 1967-8
CCO 20/49/4 CRD correspondence 1969
CCO 20/49/5 CRD - includes 'Return to Prosperity', draft pamphlet on economic policy Jan. 1970
CCO 20/49/6 General memoranda and reports for the Party Chairman concerning the work of the Conservative Research Department, including strategy for 1970 election propaganda and changes in CRD policy area responsibility following that election 1970-1971
CCO 20/49/7 Conservative Research Department reports and memoranda for the Party Chairman, primarily consisting of a detailed, indexed, record of Conservative Party pledges in all areas of policy, 1966-1970, categorised as ‘pledges fulfilled’, ‘pledges pending’, ‘pledges arguable’ and ‘pledges unfulfilled’

Also includes:-

  • CRD reports on counter-inflation policy, 1973
  • CRD reports on worker participation, 1973
  • CRD reports on the money supply, 1973
  • CRD reports on the Channel Tunnel, 1973
  • Copy of memorandum from Stephen Sherbourne to James Douglas (both CRD) concerning the timing of the next election, 14/03/1974
  • Memorandum concerning a review of Marcia Williams’ book Inside Number 10 and its value for propaganda purposes by David Nicholson of CRD, 26/04/1974
Aug 1972
CCO 20/49/8 Correspondence between Lord Thorneycroft, Party Chairman, David Howell MP, and Margaret Thatcher concerning Thatcher’s series of speeches planned for the New Year outlining the main trends of Conservative policy

Includes:-

  • Transcript of Thatcher’s speech at Coburg Hotel, Paddington, 18/12/1978
  • Transcript of speech by Francis Pym MP, Conservative Spokesman on Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs, to the Diplomatic and Commonwealth Writers Association of Britain, London, 19/12/1978
  • Press cutting from News of the World, 31/12/1978 featuring exclusive article by Thatcher
  • Drafts of speech entitled ‘The Coming Freedom’, written for Thatcher by David Howell MP, 10/01/1979
  • Annotated transcript of Thatcher’s speech to the Conservative Central Council annual conference at St John’s Hotel, Solihull, 24/03/1979
Dec 1978-Mar 1979
CCO 20/49/9 Research Papers 1979-81
CCO 20/49/11 Jan Hildreth's Report on CRD 1983
CCO 20/49/10 Director of CRD and Chairman correspondence 1979-85
CCO 20/49/12 Hildreth Report. 1983; CRD, 1985 1983-5

        Conservative Political Centre (CPC), 1967-1972

CCO 20/64/1 CPC - general Jan.-June 1967
CCO 20/64/2 Chairman’s Office correspondence with the Conservative Political Centre

Correspondents include:-

  • Cope, John, Personal Assistant to Party Chairman Anthony Barber
  • Davies, Howard, Central Office Agent, Western Area
  • Dickens, Capt. PGC, Chairman, Withyam and Blackham Branch Conservative Association
  • Fraser, Sir Michael, Deputy Party Chairman
  • Johnson Smith, Geoffrey, MP, Party Vice-Chairman
  • Lewis, Russell, Director, Conservative Political Centre
  • Sewill, Brendon, Director, Conservative Research Department
  • Patterson, Ben, Conservative Political Centre
  • Prior, Jim, Parliamentary Private Secretary to Edward Heath
  • Prowse, GC, Agent and Secretary, Totnes Conservative Association

Includes:-

  • CPC circulars to local CPC Group Leaders, mainly concerning national speaking competitions
  • Correspondence between the Chairman and CPC concerning the theme of briefs for the Political Discussion Programme
  • The CPC’s proposed publication of a Party ‘Year Book’
  • The future programme of the CPC, and the need to vet future CPC publications to ensure that they do not conflict with official Party policy
  • Correspondence concerning the views of the Totnes and the Withyam and Blackham Branch Conservative Associations regarding the Race Relations Bill and immigration
  • Paper, ‘Proposed Conservative Yearbook’, Geoffrey DM Block, Conservative Research Department, 02/04/1969
  • CCO press release containing extract from speech by Russell Lewis, Director of the CPC, to the City of London Young Conservatives, 20/11/1968
  • Paper, ‘CPC Programme – 1968’, Mar 1968 [Author not given]
  • CPC Three-Way Contact Political Discussion Programme: Master Briefs:
    • No. 18, Aug 1968: Social Problems
    • No. 24, Apr/May 1969: A Capital Owning Democracy: Home Ownership
    • No. 25, June/July 1969: Scaling Down Government
  • CPC Three-Way Contact Political Discussion Programme: Discussion Briefs:
    • No. 18, Aug/Sep 1968: Immigration and race relations
    • No. 19, Oct 1968: Reforming Trade Unions
    • No. 24, Apr-May 1969: Home-owning democracy
    • No. 25, June-July 1969: Less Government
    • No. 26, Aug-Sep 1969: Quality and Efficiency
  • CPC Three-Way Contact Political Discussion Programme: Summaries of responses:
    • No. 11, Nov 1967: Planning Town & Country
    • No. 18, Aug/Sep 1968: Immigration and race relations
    • No. 20, Nov 1968: Policies for Enterprise
    • No. 21, Dec 1968-Jan 1969: How to Denationalise
    • No. 26, Aug-Sep 1969: Quality and Efficiency

Apr 1968-Oct 1969
CCO 20/64/3 Chairman’s Office correspondence with the Conservative Political Centre 1970-2

        Conservative Overseas Bureau, 1959-1972

CCO 20/15/1 Party Chairman's correspondence with the Conservative Overseas Bureau

Correspondents include:-

  • Blakenham, Lord, Party Chairman (1963-1965)
  • Butler, RA, Party Chairman (1959-1961) and Home Secretary (1957-1962)
  • Emmet, Mrs Evelyn, Chairman, Conservative Overseas Bureau (1959-c.1965)
  • Herwarth, Hans von, German Ambassador in London (1955-1961)
  • Lloyd, Selwyn, Foreign Secretary (1955-1960)
  • Low, Sir Toby, Deputy Party Chairman (1959-1963)
  • Macleod, Iain, Party Chairman (1961-1963)
  • Milne, Robert, Secretary, Conservative Overseas Bureau (c.1950s)
  • Redmayne, Martin, Chief Whip (1959-1964)
  • Sharples, Richard, MP for Sutton and Cheam (1954-1972)

Subjects include:-

  • Appointments to Conservative Overseas Bureau posts, 1959-1964
  • Closer links between the Conservative Party and the German CDU/CSU, 1959-1964
  • Position of ex-Prime Minister Sophocles Venzelous of Greece, 1960
  • Contact with Italian Christian Democrats, 1960
  • Visit of Italian CDU delegation, 1961
  • Visit to India of Evelyn Emmet, Chairman, Conservative Overseas Bureau, 1960
  • Visit of Swiss Conservatives, 1962
  • Nouvelles Equipes Internationales (NEI) Conference, Strasbourg, 1963
  • European Union of Women’s Bi-annual Conference, Rome, 1963
  • 12th CDU Conference, Hanover, Mar 1964

Includes:-

  • Summary of the functions of the Conservative Overseas Bureau, ND (c1959)
  • Summary of the functions of the Conservative Commonwealth Council, ND (c1959)
  • Progress report of the Conservative Overseas Bureau 1949-1955, Robert Milne, 1955
  • Union Internationale des Democrates Chretiens pamphlet, Un Appel Pour L’Europe. Declaration de la Conference de Presidents des Partis Democrates Chretiens de l’Europe des Six, faite a Bruxelles le 8 fevrier 1963, ND [1963]
Nov 1955; Nov 1959-Mar 1964
CCO 20/15/2 Conservative Overseas Bureau (COB) - Gm. CDU links 1963
CCO 20/15/3 Correspondence and papers concerning Conservative Party representation at the first and second Inter-Party Conferences of Conservative and Christian-Democrat parties

Correspondents include:-

  • Barber, Anthony, Party Chairman (1967-1970)
  • Cann, Edward du, Party Chairman (1965-1967)
  • Emmet, Baroness, Chairman, Conservative Overseas Bureau
  • Kraske, Dr K, Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands [CDU, Germany]
  • Milne, RD, Secretary, Conservative Overseas Bureau
  • Santer, Jacques, Groupe Chretien-Social, Luxembourg
  • Torreggiani, Peter Cassar, Nationalist Party of Malta
  • Winqwist, Carl-Hendrik, Högerpartiet, Stockholm

Subjects include:-

  • First Inter-Party Conference of Conservative and Christian-Democrat parties at Karlsruhe, West Germany, 27-29 Apr 1967
  • Contact between the Nationalist Party of Malta and the European Union of Christian-Democrats (EUCD), 1968
  • Second Inter-Party Conference, Stockholm, 10-12 May 1968

Includes:-

  • Minutes of a special meeting of representatives of Conservative and Christian-Democrat parties at Blackpool, chaired by Lady Emmet concerning the need for inter-party consultation between the members of non-Socialist/Liberal/Communist parties in Free Europe, following failure of British and Scandinavian Conservatives and Maltese Nationalists to secure Associate Member status of the European Union of Christian-Democrats, 14/10/1966
  • Press release dated 26/04/1967 concerning the Inter-Party Conference, 27-29 April 1967
  • Report on the first Inter-Party conference, Robert Milne, 02/05/1967 • Report by Lady Emmet on the Pre-Election Congress of the Swiss Conservative/Christian-Social People’s Party, St Gallen, 08/07/1967
  • Minutes of an interim meeting of representatives of Conservative and Christian-Democrat parties at Brighton, chaired by Sir Alec Douglas-Home, 19/10/1967
  • Report on 2nd European-Christian-Democrats’ Conference, Stockholm, 10-12 May 1968
Oct 1966-May 1968
CCO 20/15/4 Conservative Overseas Bureau 1967
CCO 20/15/5 Conservative Commonwealth Council 1967
CCO 20/15/6 Conservative Overseas Bureau 1968
CCO 20/15/7 Conservative Overseas Bureau 1968-9
CCO 20/15/8 Visit of Yugoslav Parliamentary delegation 1969
CCO 20/15/9 Correspondence and papers concerning the Conservative Party’s contacts with political parties in Denmark, Malta, Romania and West Germany, arranged through the Conservative Overseas Bureau

Includes:-

  • Outline programme for visit of Maltese Nationalist Party [Partito Nazionale] delegation as guests of the Conservative Party, 19-23 July 1970
  • Lists of members of the Conservative Overseas Bureau Committee, Nov 1970
  • Report on visit by Baroness Emmet, Sir Michael Fraser and John Hall MP to Romania, 12-16 September 1971
  • Report by Lady Emmet on the CDU Congress, Saarbr?cken, West Germany, 07/10/1971
  • Report by Patrick Wall MP on the annual conference of the Det Konservative Folkeparti [Danish Conservative Party], Copenhagen, 13-14 November 1971
  • Report of an ad hoc Sub-Committee of the Conservative Commonwealth & Overseas Council’s West Africa Committee concerning ‘Commonwealth membership in relation to the South African arms question, and the issue of West African trade’, 08/11/1970
Jul 1970-Nov 1971
CCO 20/15/10 Observations on overseas election campaigns, party conferences and other conferences prepared by Conservative Party delegates on behalf of the Conservative Overseas Bureau

Includes:-

  • Report by Lord Merrivale on attendance at the Cercle de Politique Ètrangère: Journèe Europèenne in Brussels – a one-day conference to discuss European political integration, including German reunification, 23/01/1970
  • Report on the general election campaign in South Africa, 06/04/1970
  • Report by Lord Sandys on the Norwegian Conservative Party Conference, 05/05/1970
  • Report (ref. CCOC 274) ‘Overseas issues facing the next Conservative Government – defence outside NATO’, prepared by an ad hoc Working Group of the Conservative Commonwealth & Overseas Council, Feb 1970
  • Report on overseas visitors who visited the Conservative Overseas Bureau during the general election campaign, 20 May-18 June 1970
Jan-Jun 1970
CCO 20/15/11 Correspondence and papers concerning the Inter-Party Conference of Conservative and Christian-Democrat parties in Vienna, 21-23 May 1971

Correspondents include:-

  • Emmet, Baroness, Chairman, Conservative Overseas Bureau
  • Milne, Robert, Secretary, Conservative Overseas Bureau
  • Wheatley, Candida, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Withalm, Dr Hermann, Österreichische Volkspartei

Includes:-

  • Conservative Central Office publication, ‘A short statement of the working principles of the British Conservative and Unionist Party’, Apr 1971
  • Report, ‘International Inter-Party relations, with special reference to Europe’, 31/10/1970
  • Draft speech to be given by Party Chairman Peter Thomas during the Vienna conference, ND
Oct 1970-May 1971
CCO 20/15/12 Conservative Overseas Bureau - general correspondence

Correspondents include:-

  • Deslandes, Ian, Personal Assistant to the Party Chairman Peter Thomas
  • Dixon, Piers, Conservative MP for Truro (1970-1974)
  • Fraser, Sir Michael, Deputy Party Chairman (1964-1975)
  • Thomas, Peter, Conservative Party Chairman (1970-1972)
  • Wall, Patrick, Conservative MP for Haltemprice (1954-1983)
  • Wingfield Digby, Simon, MP for West Dorset (1941-1974)

Subjects include:-

  • UDR [Union des Démocrates pour la ve République] Conference, Strasbourg, France, 19-21 November 1971
  • Visit to Conservative Central Office of Helmut Kohl, CDU Minister/President of Rhineland Palatinate, 16-18 February 1972
  • Visit of Dr Gerhard Schröder, and Dr Jung, CDU Chairman and Secretary respectively of the Bundestag Committee for Foreign Affairs, as guests of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London, 28 February-2 March 1972
  • Annual conference of the Norwegian Conservative Party, Oslo, 17-19 Mar 1972

Includes:-

  • Conservative Research Department briefing note (ref. EEP-B1): Belgium and Luxembourg, ND
  • Conservative Research Department briefing note (ref. EEP-B2): Denmark, 06/01/1972
  • Conservative Research Department briefing note (ref. EEP-B3): France, 06/01/1972
  • Conservative Research Department briefing note (ref. EEP-B4): West Germany, 06/01/1972
  • Conservative Research Department briefing note (ref. EEP-B5): Ireland, 07/01/1972
  • Conservative Research Department briefing note (ref. EEP-B6): Italy, 06/01/1972
  • Conservative Research Department briefing note (ref. EEP-B7): The Netherlands, 07/01/1972
  • Conservative Research Department briefing note (ref. EEP-B8): Norway, 06/01/1972
  • Conservative Research Department briefing note (ref. EEP-B9): ‘Sources of Misunderstanding in Inter-Party Relations’, 10/01/1972 [Author: RPT/PBW/PJM/ART/JKN]
  • Minutes of a meeting held at Conservative Central Office and chaired by Sir Michael Fraser concerning the setting up of a committee within Central Office to coordinate policy towards Europe, 17/01/1972
  • Transcript of speech by Dr Helmut Kohl, Minister-President of Rhineland Palatinate at the plenary session of the Bundesrat, 09/02/1972
Nov 1971-Mar 1972
CCO 20/15/13 Gm. CDU/CSU liaison visit: Lord Carrington

Note: [Missing]

July 1972
CCO 20/15/14 Correspondence and papers, mainly concerning the formalisation of links between the Conservative Party and the UDR [Union des Démocrates pour la ve République] Party in France, including visit by the Party Chairman and others to meet René Tomasini, Secretary-General of the UDR and Michel Habib-Deloncle in Paris on 07/06/1972

Correspondents include:-

  • Beamish, Col Sir Tufton, MP, Conservative Group for Europe
  • Carrington, Lord, Party Chairman (1972-1974)
  • Deslandes, Ian, Personal Assistant to the Party Chairman Peter Thomas
  • Fraser, Sir Michael, Deputy Party Chairman (1964-1975)
  • Habib-Deloncle, Michel, UDR Delegate for International Relations
  • Niblock, Michael, Conservative Research Department
  • Royle, Sir Anthony, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Soames, Sir Christopher, British Ambassador to France (1968-1972)

Includes:-

  • Summary of M. Habib-Deloncle’s speech to the Political Commission of the European Parliament, 6th-7th December 1971
  • Report of meeting held in Conservative Central Office on 28/01/1972 between Michel Habib-Deloncle, Peter Thomas, Sir Michael Fraser and Michael Niblock, 03/02/1972
  • Report of a meeting between the Liaison Committee of the Conservative Group for Europe and the French Majority Parties, Paris, 10/04/1972
  • Summary of M. Habib-Deloncle’s Report to the Political Commission of the European Parliament on “The Institutional Problems of the Enlarged Community”, 17/04/1972
  • Conservative Research Department report, ‘The Vedel Report: Summary and Comments’ [concerning Prof. Vedel’s EEC Commission working group to reform the European Parliament], Michael Niblock, 03/05/1972
  • Conservative Research Department note on Conservative/Gaullist relations, 02/06/1972 [Author: NF/CFH]
  • Minutes of meeting between the Conservative Party delegation led by Lord Carrington with the Gaullist/UDR delegation led by René Tomasini, Paris, 07/06/1972
  • Report, ‘The Parties of the Centre (Centre Democratie and Centre Democratie et Progres)’, ND
  • Report, ‘Federation National des Republicains Independents’, ND
Nov 1971-Jun 1972

        Swinton College, 1960-1974

CCO 20/23/1 Swinton College July 1960-May 1962
CCO 20/23/2 Swinton College 1966-9
CCO 20/23/3 Swinton College 1970-2
CCO 20/23/4 Swinton College 1972-4

        Conservative Party-affiliated organisations and think tanks, 1964-1974

            The Monday Club, 1964-1974

CCO 20/43/1 Chairman's Office correspondence with, and concerning, the Monday Club

Subjects include:-

  • Complaints from the Monday Club at Wilson’s “semi-fascist” smear, and the lack of invitations to send representatives to attend meetings of the Young Conservatives, compared to other groups such as the Bow Group
  • Conservative Research Department investigation to disprove the Monday Club claim that its candidates fared better than other Conservative candidates in the 1964 and 1966 elections
  • Correspondence from Paul William, Director [?] of the Monday Club, expressing concern at the lack of sympathy for Monday Club aspirations and the right-wing generally by national officers of the Party
  • Failed attempt by the Monday Club to secure a post in the Conservative Research Department for a Monday Club member
1964-1966
CCO 20/43/4 Chairman's Office correspondence with, and concerning, the Monday Club

Subjects include:-

  • The expulsion of 2 members of the Nottingham & East Midlands Conservative Monday Club for being members of the extreme group National Democratic Party
  • Complaints to Central Office from “loyal” Monday Club members at a perceived plot to replace Heath with Enoch Powell, and unauthorised fund-raising appeals, 1969
  • Correspondence concerning Monday Club complaints that Arnold Smith, Commonwealth Secretary General and a principal architect of sanctions against Rhodesia, should be invited to speak at the Conference of the Conservative Commonwealth Council
  • Monday Club response to The Times’ accusation that the Monday Club was conspiring to subvert the constituency associations, Nov 1968
  • Various copies of Powell speeches
  • Monday Club expressions of support for Powell following his dismissal from the Shadow Cabinet, Apr 1968, and resignation in consequence of this of the Rt Hon Viscount Boyd as Joint Patron
  • Letters of complaint to the Daily Telegraph from Paul Williams concerning the mis-representation of Monday Club aims and attitudes, 1967
  • Correspondence regarding discrimination against the Monday Club within the Conservative Commonwealth Council, Oct 1967
1967-1969
CCO 20/43/6 Chairman's Office correspondence, memoranda and press cuttings with, and concerning, the Monday Club

Subjects include:-

  • Monday Club complaints about the National Union of Students’ decision to discriminate against college branches of the Monday Club, Apr 1974
  • Monday Club branches’ support for Heath’s removal as leader of the Party, Mar 1974
  • Complaints at the Heath Government’s policy and White Paper on Northern Ireland, 1972-1973
  • Discussions as to whether ministers should accept invitations to talk to Monday Club branches amid concern at their motives, Oct 1972
  • Monday Club criticisms of Heath’s image, 1971
  • Letters of complaint from constituency association members against the activities and fund-raising appeals of the Monday Club, 1969
1969-1974

            The Bow Group, 1965-1971

CCO 20/43/2 Bow Group 1965-71

            Society of Conservative Lawyers, 1970-1972

CCO 20/43/7 Society of Conservative Lawyers 1970-2

            Association of Conservative Clubs, 1967-1972

CCO 20/43/3 Association of Conservative Clubs Jan.-June 1967
CCO 20/43/5 Association of Conservative Clubs 1968-72

        Prospective Parliamentary Candidates, 1965-1975

CCO 20/48/1 Conservative Candidates Feb. 1965-Nov. 1967
CCO 20/48/2 File on Major E.S.L. Mason 1968-9
CCO 20/48/3 Correspondence regarding prospective candidates 1972
CCO 20/48/4 Correspondence regarding prospective candidates 1973-4
CCO 20/48/5 Candidates 1974-5

        Party Publications, 1967-1982

CCO 20/46/1 Weekly News Letter attack on H. Wilson 1967
CCO 20/46/2 Proposed Party magazine, Blue Print (not produced) 1967
CCO 20/46/3 Publications including minutes of meeting on publications 1964-5
CCO 20/46/4 Party pamphlet for businessmen, Contrast 1968
CCO 20/46/5 Proposal for magazine This Britain 1969-70
CCO 20/46/6 Proposed publications division 1971
CCO 20/46/7 Correspondence with Basil Feldman, Conservative Campaign Communication 1974
CCO 20/46/8 Centre Forward 1977-9
CCO 20/46/9 Public Relations Target Group 1979-80
CCO 20/46/10 Papers on publication of a pamphlet 1982




PARTY POLICY, 1955-1985

    Policy - General, 1960-1981

CCO 20/26/1 internal memoranda on proposals to revitalise the Party and Government 1960
CCO 20/26/2 'Britain In Top Gear' 1963
CCO 20/26/3 The presentation of Party policy 1965
CCO 20/26/4 'Putting Britain Right Ahead' 1965
CCO 20/26/5 Correspondence on the role of the Conservative Party in opposition July-Sept. 1966
CCO 20/26/6 Fulton Committee on Civil Service Aug.-Nov. 1966
CCO 20/26/7 Conservative Systems Research Centre 1968-9
CCO 20/26/8 Sundridge Park Seminar on preparation for Government, Conservative Public Sector Research Unit 1969
CCO 20/26/9 Note from Lord Nugent to Chairman of the Future of Water Industry 14 July 1971
CCO 20/26/10 Night Assemblies Bill 1972
CCO 20/26/11 Correspondence on Royal Commission on the Distribution of Income and Wealth 1975
CCO 20/26/12 Correspondence and papers concerning Conservative Party strategy after the 1979 General Election

Correspondents include:-

  • Gow, Ian, Parliamentary Private Secretary to Margaret Thatcher
  • Howarth, Alan, Director, Conservative Research Department
  • Joseph, Sir Keith, Chairman, Centre for Policy Studies
  • Thorneycroft, Lord, Party Chairman

Subjects include:-

  • Post-1979 general election strategy
  • Economic recovery
  • Trade Union influence
  • Oil
  • Local Government finance
  • Interest rates
  • The money supply and Public Sector borrowing requirements

Includes:-

  • Transcript of speech entitled 'Economic Recovery and the Trades Unions' drafted by John Hoskyns on behalf of Sir Keith Joseph, Chairman of the Centre for Policy Studies and sent for approval to Party Chairman Lord Thorneycroft with accompanying letter, 19/04/1979
  • Paper, 'Strategy for a Parliament' dated 20/03/1980 [Author: PT/SOB]
  • 'The Unions and Public Opinion - A paper by Lord Thorneycroft', 30/01/1980
  • Labour Party Information Department press release containing the text of a speech by Denis Healey MP, Shadow Chancellor, Leeds, 08/09/1979
  • 'Paper on Strategy for dealing with the Labour Party', 23/10/1980 [Author: PT/CAW]
  • 'Skeleton of Strategy Paper by Lord Thorneycroft', 02/12/1980 [Author: PT/CAW]
Apr 1979-Dec 1980
CCO 20/26/13 Correspondence and policy papers, mainly by Lord Thorneycroft, concerning Conservative Party strategy

Correspondents include:-

  • Heseltine, Michael, Environment Secretary (1979-1983)
  • Howe, Sir Geoffrey, Chancellor of the Exchequer (1979-1983)
  • Thatcher, Margaret, Prime Minister (1979-1990)
  • Thorneycroft, Lord, Party Chairman (1975-1981)

Subjects include:-

  • General Party policy
  • Increase in direct taxation
  • Local Government finance

Includes:-

  • 'Speech on a Vote of Censure' - proposed structure for speech by the Prime Minister, ND
  • 'Policy Unit Paper', 07/01/1981 [Author: PT/CAW]
  • 'The Public Image of the Government and Party', 19/01/1981 [Author: PT/CAW]
  • Transcript of interview of Lord Thorneycroft by Gordon Clough on World this Weekend, broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 25/01/1981
  • ‘Notes for the Brian Walden Show’, 28/01/1981 [ie, prior to Brian Walden’s interview with the Prime Minister for London Weekend Television]
  • ‘Presentation of Policy by Government & Party – A paper by Lord Thorneycroft’, 30/01/1981
  • ‘Policy Options for Local Government Finance’, 13/05/1981 [Author: PT/CAW]
  • ‘Strategy – A draft paper by Lord Thorneycroft’, 15/06/1981 [Author: PT/CAW]
Jan-June 1981
CCO 20/26/14 Party Chairman Lord Thorneycroft’s correspondence, papers and internal memoranda, primarily concerning the Party’s Mid-Term Report

[The Mid-Term Report was intended to be a summary of each Government department’s principal achievements since 3rd May 1979, and was due to be published in time for the annual Party Conference in October 1981, edited by Norman Fowler. It was subsequently agreed to delay publication until March 1982, in time for the Local Elections]

Correspondents include:-

  • Brittan, Leon, Chief Secretary to the Treasury (1981-1983)
  • Britto, Keith, Conservative Research Department
  • Gow, Ian, Parliamentary Private Secretary to Margaret Thatcher
  • Howarth, Alan, Director, Conservative Research Department (1979-1981)
  • Howe, Sir Geoffrey, Chancellor of the Exchequer (1979-1983)
  • Nicholson, David, Conservative Research Department
  • Thatcher, Margaret, Prime Minister (1979-1990)

Includes:-

  • Photocopy of article from The Spectator dated 07/03/1981 entitled ‘Born again social democrats’ by John Horam
  • ‘Draft Notes for a “Strategy Paper” by Lord Thorneycroft’, [2nd draft], 04/06/1983 [Author: PT/CAW]
  • ‘Mid-Term Document’, ND [Author not given, probably Alan Howarth]
  • ‘The Fight for Recovery’ – first draft of the Mid-Term Report, by Norman Fowler, with accompanying letter to Lord Thorneycroft, 04/09/1981
  • Comments of Treasury Ministers and Special Advisers on Norman Fowler’s Mid-Term Report, provided by Geoffrey Howe, 18/09/1981
Mar-Sep 1981

    Economic Policy, 1957-1982

CCO 20/9/1 Alleged leakage of information re. rise in the Bank Rate 1957-8
CCO 20/9/2 Finance Bill 1965-8
CCO 20/9/3 Report on Economic Policy Dec. 1970
CCO 20/9/4 VAT Feb. 1972-Nov. 1973
CCO 20/9/5 Pay Policy 1978
CCO 20/9/6 Sally Oppenheim - The Shopping Basket Campaign 1979
CCO 20/9/7 Correspondence and memoranda concerning a project to increase public understanding of the workings of the economic system at Lord Rothschild’s behest, and funded by him

[Background information is given in a memorandum from Keith Britto to Party Chairman Cecil Parkinson dated 12/01/1982: ‘In 1980 Lord Rothschild wanted to finance a major research project for the Conservative Party. He was not prepared to give money directly to the Party and he did not want his involvement to be known. At the suggestion of the Policy Unit at No. 10 we suggested a research project on the level of economic literacy in the electorate. The research was commissioned with Marplan and paid for by Lord Rothschild via a third party…’ The Economic Literacy Project was completed in April 1981 and the final report made in July 1981. It was subsequently due to be published]

Correspondents include:-

  • Keith Britto, Conservative Research Department
  • Alan Howarth, Director, Conservative Research Department
  • Victor Rothschild, 3rd Baron Rothschild
  • Lord Thorneycroft, Party Chairman
  • Shirley Oxenbury, Conservative Central Office
  • Cecil Parkinson, Party Chairman

Includes:-

  • Opinion Research Centre report ‘The Electorate’s Views of the Future of the Economy’, ND
  • Opinion Research Centre report, ‘Corporate Strategy Guide 1977, Report No. 3, Vol. 1, September 1977. Financial and Economic Literacy’
  • Opinion Research Centre report, ‘An Outline Proposal for a Research Study to Identify the Level of Understanding of the Working of the Economic System’, 02/08/1979
  • Marplan Limited report prepared for the Conservative Research Department, ‘Measuring the Public View of How Britain’s Economic System Works’, Sep 1979
  • Paper, ‘Economic Literacy – Headline Results’, 03/07/1981 [Author: Keith Britto]
1975-1982
CCO 20/9/8 Economic Document 1977
CCO 20/9/9 Competition Policy 1979
CCO 20/9/10 Tax Project 1977-8

    Broadcasting, 1959-1984

CCO 20/12/1 Minutes of Inter-Party meetings on Broadcasting 1959-64
CCO 20/12/2 Inter-Party Committee on Political Broadcasting 1966-8
CCO 20/12/3 General correspondence re. programmes 1966-8
CCO 20/12/4 Broadcasting - general 1968-9
CCO 20/12/5 Chairman's appearance on 'Any Questions?' Jan. 1969
CCO 20/12/6 Chairman's Office - broadcasting 1970
CCO 20/12/7 Chairman's Office - broadcasting 1971
CCO 20/12/8 Chairman's Office - broadcasting 1972 (1)
CCO 20/12/9 Chairman's Office - broadcasting 1972 (2)
CCO 20/12/10 Chairman's Office - broadcasting 1973-4
CCO 20/12/11 Correspondence, mainly concerning requests for Party representatives to appear in television and radio programmes, and complaints of left-wing bias in broadcasts

Correspondents include:-

  • Baines, Norman Allen, Chairman, Llandegla and Bryneglwys Branch, Denbighshire Conservative Association
  • Bell, Sir Ronald, MP for Beaconsfield
  • Boddy, David, Assistant Director of Communications, Conservative and Unionist Central Office
  • Boyne, Sir Harry, Director of Communications, Conservative Central Office
  • Britto, Keith, Conservative Central Office
  • Clarke, Peter, Diverse Production Ltd, London
  • Clough, Gordon, Broadcaster and Writer at Radio 4
  • Davies, David, Conservative Central Office
  • Glencross, David, Deputy Director of Television, IBA
  • Gow, Ian, MP, Parliamentary Private Secretary
  • Gummer, John, Party Chairman (1983-1985)
  • Higgins, Sydney, Producer and Presenter for Radio Orwell
  • Holmes, David, Chief Assistant to Director-General, BBC
  • Howard, George, Chairman of the BBC (1980-1983)
  • Howarth, Alan, Conservative Research Department
  • Kohler, Mervyn
  • Lindsey, John
  • Mulligan, Gerry
  • Parkinson, Cecil, Party Chairman (1981-1983)
  • Price, Mary, producer: ‘Any Questions?’, BBC
  • Royle, Sir Anthony, MP for Richmond
  • Smith, Douglas, Chairman, Strathclyde University Conservative Association
  • Swann, Sir Michael, Chairman of the BBC
  • Thorneycroft, Lord Peter, Chairman of the Party (1975-1981)
  • Trethowan, Ian, BBC Director-General
  • Young, Sir Brian, Director-General, Independent Broadcasting Authority

Subjects include:-

  • Experimental broadcasting of Parliament, July 1975
  • Draft Letter discussing complaints about the BBC programme ‘The Suffering Rich’, ND [pre 1977]
  • Correspondence on the scheduling of an appearance by Mrs Thatcher and complaints about equal representation of Parties before the Stechford by-election, March 1977
  • Monitoring the presentation of the Party in broadcasts, Sep 1977
  • Allocation of Party Political Broadcasting in regards to upcoming local elections, March 1978
  • Correspondence concerning ‘Panorama’ interview and discussion of devolution before the referendum, Feb 1979
  • Memoranda concerning the Profumo documentary, Feb 1979
  • Bias in the BBC ‘Panorama’ programme ‘The Tory Treatment - does it hurt?’, Sep 1979
  • Complaints of bias in the ‘Open Door’ programme on 02/02/1980 and refusal of the BBC to ban its repeat broadcast, Feb 1980
  • The Fourth Television Channel and Welsh language programmes, March 1980
  • Equal party representation on Radio Orwell’s ‘How Are We governed?’ programme, July 1980
  • Candidate selection process, Oct 1980
  • Correspondence with the Independent Broadcasting Authority and the BBC concerning coverage of the formation of the SDP, April 1981
  • The presence of left-wing bias in ‘Something Else’ programme and the dangers of broadcasters taking left-wing values for granted, October 1981
  • Clarification on BBC and Independent Broadcasting Authority policy concerning time given to the SDP/Liberal Alliance on by-election results coverage, Nov 1981
  • Representation of the Sikh community on the Advisory Board concerned with the BBC Asian programmes unit, Feb 1983
  • Rule prohibiting Cabinet Members from appearing on ‘Any Questions?’, Dec, 1983
  • Programme on Northern Ireland as part of Channel 4’s ‘Diverse Reports’ series, ND [Jul 1984]
  • Dates for Party Political Broadcasts, Oct 1984
  • Casting of Channel 4 ‘Comment’ programmes, Dec 1984

Includes:-

  • Minutes of a meeting chaired by Lord Thorneycroft discussing approaches to the making of a film about the Conservative Party by the BBC, May 1977
  • Press cuttings from the Evening News, Evening Standard, Daily Express and Daily Mail about the BBC’s plans to produce a documentary on the Profumo scandal and subsequent denials of these plans, 14-15/02/79
  • Transcript of the Robin Day/Fred Emery interview with Callaghan on BBC ‘Panorama’ concerning devolution, Feb 1979
  • Transcript of BBC Panorama’s ‘The Tory Treatment - does it hurt?’, 17/09/79
  • Information Sheets for Radio Orwell’s ‘How Are We Governed?’ programme including episode summaries and the names of those interviewed
  • Transcript of Interview with Lord Thorneycroft by Gordon Cough on Radio 4, 25/01/81
  • Transcript of BBC World at One interview with Demetri Argovopolu and John Selwyn Gummer concerning the decline of the National Front, 30/01/1984

Jul 1975-Dec 1984

    Electoral Law and Reform, 1960-1985

CCO 20/24/1 Speaker's Conference on Electoral Law 1960-7
CCO 20/24/2 Correspondence and papers concerning the election petition lodged by Christopher Grieve, Communist candidate for Kinross and Western Perthshire at the 1964 General Election, against the Conservative Candidate, Sir Alec Douglas-Home claiming that BBC and ITA broadcasts during the election which featured Douglas-Home should have been included in the latter’s election expenses

Correspondents include:-

  • Blakenham, Lord, Party Chairman
  • Hobson, Sir John, formerly Attorney-General
  • Urton, Sir William, General Director, Conservative Central Office

Includes:-

  • Notes of consultation with HS Keith QC, ND
  • Notes of meeting concerning the election petition, attended by Sir Alec Douglas-Home, Party Chairman Lord Blakenham, Chief Whip Martin Redmayne, General Director Sir William Urton, and the (outgoing Conservative) Attorney-General Sir John Hobson, 09/11/1964
  • Notes of meeting concerning the election petition, attended by Sir Alec Douglas-Home, Party Chairman Lord Blakenham, Chief Whip Martin Redmayne, General Director Sir William Urton, Chief Organisation Officer Rex Bagnall, and CG Maby of Penningtons and Lewis & Lewis Solicitors, 23/11/1964

Nov 1964
CCO 20/24/3 Age of Majority June-Nov. 1967
CCO 20/24/4 Representation of the People Act 1969
CCO 20/24/5 Students Voting 1971-2
CCO 20/24/6 Plural voting following Lord Denning's Appeal Judgement, 1970 1972-3
CCO 20/24/7 Proportional Representation 1974
CCO 20/24/8 Conservative Action for Electoral Reform (CAER) (I) 1975-8
CCO 20/24/9 Conservative Action for Electoral Reform (CAER) (II) 1978-82
CCO 20/24/10 Electoral Reform 1975-8
CCO 20/24/11 Electoral Reform 1975-8
CCO 20/24/13 Electoral Reform - Europe 1981-2
CCO 20/24/12 Electoral Reform 1979-85
CCO 20/24/13 Electoral Reform - Europe 1981-2
CCO 20/24/14 Conservative Action for Electoral Reform (CAER) 1983-4

    Parliamentary Redistribution of Seats, 1966-1971

CCO 20/60/1 Redistribution July 1966-Sept. 1967
CCO 20/60/2 Boundary Commission (Redistribution) June 1966-Dec. 1967
CCO 20/60/3 Redistribution of Seats Bill 1969
CCO 20/60/4 Redistribution of Seats Joint Opinion of Counsel 1969
CCO 20/60/5 Redistribution (Parliamentary boundaries) 1969
CCO 20/60/6 Parliamentary Redistribution - correspondence on Boundaries Commission 1969-71

    Industry and Commerce, 1961-1981

CCO 20/29/1 Correspondence primarily with Sir Robert Renwick of the British United Industrialists Limited

[The BUIL was an organisation whose purpose was to channel donations discreetly from British companies to, amongst others, the Conservative Party. It was formed in c1961 from the merger of two earlier groups – the United Industrialists Association and the British Industrialist Association]

Correspondents include:-

  • Fraser, Sir Michael, Director of the Conservative Research Department (1959-1964)
  • Gilbert, Robert A, American Research Analyst
  • Hare, John, Minister of Labour (1960-1963)
  • Hornsby-Smith, Dame Patricia, Conservative MP for Chislehurst (1950-1966; 1970-1974)
  • Lloyd, Selwyn, Chancellor of the Exchequer (1960-1962)
  • Low, Sir Toby, Deputy Party Chairman (1959-1963) and Chairman of the Select Committee on Nationalised Industries (1957-?)
  • Macleod, Iain, Leader of the House of Commons and Party Chairman (1961-1963)
  • Peacock, Sir Kenneth, Chairman of Guess, Keen & Co. Ltd
  • Renwick, Sir Robert, Director of the BUIL
  • Sewill, Brendon, Conservative Research Department

Subjects include:-

  • Capital Gains Tax
  • Conservative Fuel Policy
  • The National Economic Council
  • Donations to the Conservative Party
  • Conservative Party public relations
  • Dinner hosted by Prime Minister Sir Alec Douglas-Home for supporters of the British United Industrialists
  • President Kennedy’s adviser Dean Acheson’s description of Britain as having ‘lost an empire but not yet found a role’
  • British Space Development Company
  • Restrictive Trade Practices Court
  • Resale Price Maintenance
  • ‘Aims of Industry’ and its campaign against nationalisation

Includes:-

  • Conservative Research Department brief, ‘Fuel Policy’, 15/02/1962
Oct 1961-Dec 1964
CCO 20/29/2 Companies Bill correspondence Dec. 1966-Oct. 1967
CCO 20/29/3 Correspondence and memoranda between Anthony Barber, Party Chairman and officials of the T.U.N.A.C [Trade Unionist National Advisory Committee], its Area committees, and local Conservative associations, concerning trade union matters

Subjects include:-

  • The reorganisation of Conservative Central Office’s Industrial Department and the Conservatives’ trade unionist organisation
  • Industrial Department publications Weekly News, Monthly News, and Industrial Outlook
  • ‘Contracting-out’ of trade unions’ political levy
  • TUNAC annual conferences, 1968-1970

Includes:-

  • Notes of various meetings between the Chairman and TUNAC officers, Oct-Dec 1967
  • Report, ‘The Party’s Trade Unionist Organisation’ by JE Bowen, Chairman of TUNAC, 26/11/1967
  • Notes of meeting concerning the Organisation Review, 09/11/1967
  • Copy of the Monthly Bulletin for Conservative Trade Unionists, Dec 1967
  • Handbooks for the Conservative Trade Unionists’ Annual Conference, 25/05/1968 and 07/06/1969
  • Transcript of Edward Heath’s message to the TUNAC annual conference, 25/05/1968
  • ‘Notes on the Industrial Department’ concerning the history and development of the Conservatives’ trade unionist organisation c1918-1969, by J. McDonald Watson, July 1969
Oct 1967-July 1969
CCO 20/29/4 Confederation of British Industry press releases and copies of the CBI Industrial Relations Bulletin Nov 1970-Nov 1971
CCO 20/29/5 General correspondence and memoranda concerning industrial matters

Subjects include:-

  • Industrial disputes involving Sagittair Limited [freight carriers], Ferrantis, British Rail, the National Union of Miners (N.U.M), and the English China Clay Company
  • Inflation
  • Cadbury Schweppes Ltd donation to the Conservative Party
  • Mersey Docks and Harbour Company’s capital reorganisation scheme
  • Contacts with industrialists
  • Industrial Relations Act

Includes:-

  • Conservative Research Department report, ‘Inflation – Notes for Mr. Prior’, 13/06/1972
  • ‘Speaking Note for Ministers’ concerning the Court of Appeal’s reversal of a ruling by the National Industrial Relations Court, prepared by the Office of the Lord President of the Council, 16/06/1972
  • Conservative Research Department report, ‘The Nationalised Industries’, 14/06/1972
Feb 1972-Mar 1974
CCO 20/29/6 Correspondence concerning a working dinner to be held by the Confederation of British Industry with five members of the Conservative Shadow Cabinet on 18th February 1975 1975
CCO 20/29/7 Final report of the Department of Trade’s Committee of Enquiry on Industrial Democracy, which was chaired by Lord Bullock [‘The Bullock Committee’]

Includes copies of publications responding to the report:-

  • A reply to Bullock, City Company Law Committee, ND [c1977]
  • Industrial Democracy: European Experience. Two reports prepared for the Industrial Democracy Committee by Eric Batstone and PL Davies’, June 1976
  • In Place of Bullock, Confederation of British Industry, May 1977
Jan 1977
CCO 20/29/8 Speech transcripts, newspaper cuttings, correspondence and internal memoranda concerning publication of the Bullock Committee’s report on Industrial Democracy

[Includes minutes of the meeting of the Leader’s Steering Committee dated 24th January 1977 at which the Bullock Report was discussed]

Dec 1976-Mar 1977
CCO 20/29/9 Speech transcripts, newspaper cuttings, correspondence and internal memoranda concerning industrial disputes at British Leyland Jan 1977-Apr 1978
CCO 20/29/10 Minutes of Party Chairman’s meetings concerning liaison between Industry and the Conservative Party, correspondence and internal memoranda

[Includes list of major companies with details of any donations made to the Party within the preceding 6-7 years and names of MPs etc with whom contact had been established, c1977-1978]

Dec 1976-May 1980
CCO 20/29/11 Lord Thorneycroft - Bank Lending Project: Michael Grylls 1981

    Policy Groups and Committees, 1961-79

CCO 20/31/1 Correspondence concerning the establishment of, and deliberations of, the Chairman’s Committee which was set up by Iain Macleod with Macmillan’s approval to prepare the Party’s manifesto for the next general election

[The Chairman’s Committee was to be broadly similar to Macleod’s Policy Study Group which formed a similar purpose between 1957-1959, but would be more representative of backbench Conservative opinion. Members of the Committee, which was chaired by Iain Macleod (but not in his capacity as Party Chairman), included:-

  • Lord Aldington, Deputy Party Chairman (1959-1963)
  • Sir Keith Joseph, MP for Leeds North East (1956-1987)
  • Sir Edward Boyle MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury (1959-1962)
  • Sir Lionel Heald, MP, Attorney General for England & Wales (1951-1964)
  • Maurice Macmillan, MP for Halifax (1955-1964)
  • Nigel Fisher, MP for Surbiton (1955-1983)
  • Charles Longbottom MP, Parliamentary Private Secretary to Iain Macleod (1961-1963)
  • Geoffrey Kitchen
  • William Rees-Mogg, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate (and journalist with The Sunday Times)
  • Mrs TCR Shepherd
  • Sir Michael Fraser, Director, Conservative Research Department (1959-1964)
  • Peter Goldman, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Orpington]

Correspondents include:-

  • Boyd-Carpenter, John, Minister of Pensions & National Insurance (1955-1962)
  • Brooke, Dame Barbara, Vice Chairman (Women) (1954-1964)
  • Eccles, Sir David, Minister of Education (1959-1962)
  • Fraser, Michael, Director, Conservative Research Department (1959-1964)
  • Macleod, Iain, Party Chairman (1961-1963)
  • Macmillan, Harold, Prime Minister (1957-1963)
  • Macmillan, Maurice, MP for Halifax (19555-1964)
  • Maitland, Commander Sir John, MP for Horncastle (1945-1966)
  • Redmayne, Martin, Chief Whip (1959-1964)
  • Rodgers, Sir John MP for Sevenoaks (1950-1979)

Includes:-

  • Paper, ‘Electoral Aspects of Tory Policy’, 15/03/1962 [Author: MVM/JS]
  • Paper, ‘Structure of Government – Social Services Ministries. Pre-1959 Proposals’, 11/07/1962 [Author: MF/PD/EAM]
Oct. 1961-Dec. 1962
CCO 20/31/2 Chairman's Committee - minutes 1962
CCO 20/31/3 Policy Groups 1965-7
CCO 20/31/4 Policy Groups 1967-9
CCO 20/31/5 Policy Sub-Committees - agenda and minutes 1977-8
CCO 20/31/6 New Members' Group 1978
CCO 20/31/7 Working Party - Urban Areas 1978-9
CCO 20/31/9 Leader's Policy Papers 1976-7
CCO 20/31/10 Leader's Co-ordinating Committee 1976-7
CCO 20/31/11 Leader's Consultative Committee 1977
CCO 20/31/12 Leader's Consultative Committee 1978
CCO 20/31/13 Leader's Consultative Committee 1979

    Europe, 1955-1984

CCO 20/32/1 Correspondence concerning the Conservative Party’s links with ‘like-minded’ parties in Europe following the UK’s entry into the Common Market, including whether it should commit funds towards the creation of a European-wide federation to represent them, and membership of Nouvelles Équipes Internationales

[The ‘Committee on Links With Europe’ held its first meeting on 22/01/1963, chaired by Party Chairman Iain Macleod, and included representatives from the Foreign Office, the Whips’ Office, Conservative Central Office, Conservative Research Department, Conservative Overseas Bureau, and the Conservative Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee, as well as Lord Crathorne, leader of the UK’s delegation to the Council of Europe and the Western European Union. Following the veto to Britain’s application for membership of the Common Market in January 1963, the Committee held one further meeting on 12/03/1963. A note in the file states that, ‘This Committee fizzled out, without being formally disbanded, with the break down of the Common Market negotiations.’]

Correspondents include:-

  • Allan, Robert, Conservative MP for Paddington South (1951-1966)
  • Beamish, Col. Sir Tufton, MP, Conservative Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee
  • Emmet, Evelyn, Conservative MP for East Grinstead (1955-1965), Conservative Overseas Bureau
  • Fraser, Sir Michael, Director, Conservative Research Department (1959-1964)
  • Low, Sir Toby, 1st Baron Aldington, Deputy Party Chairman (1959-1963)
  • Macleod, Iain, Party Chairman (1961-1963)
  • Smithers, Peter, Conservative MP for Winchester (1950-1964) and Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Foreign Office (1962-1964)

Includes Conservative Research Department reports for the Committee on Links with Europe:-

  • [LWE/1] ‘Role of the Organised Political Groups in the European Parliamentary Assemblies (A Preliminary Study)’, 15/01/1963 [Author: UB/DW]
  • [LWE/2] ‘Outline Survey of the European Christian-Democrat Organization (NEI)’, 15/01/1963 [Author: UB/RM/MH]
  • [LWE/3] Minutes of the Committee on Links with Europe, 22/01/1963
  • [LWE/4] ‘The Party’s Role after Brussels’, 04/01/1963 [Author: UB/JN]
  • [LWE/5] ‘Manifesto issued by the Christian Democrat Parties in the Six Belonging to NEI and to be discussed at the Rome Meeting on 9th April 1963’, 04/01/1963 [Author: UB/JN]

Includes:-

  • Notes of a Council Meeting of the Nouvelles Équipes Internationales [precursor to the European People’s Party; established in 1946 to represent the Christian Democratic parties of Europe] attended by Douglas Dodds-Parker, 26/11/1962
  • Report of a Conservative Overseas Bureau study-visit to Strasbourg, Sep 1962
  • Minutes of a ‘Meeting on Links with Like-Minded Parties in Europe’, chaired by Iain Macleod, 10/12/1962
Nov. 1962-Mar. 1963
CCO 20/32/2 Undated, single-sheet summary of Conservative policy toward Europe: ‘The Common Market – Conservative Policy’ ND [c1967-1968]
CCO 20/32/3 Publication, Action Committee for the United States on Europe: Statements and Declarations, 1955-1967 (Chatham House/PEP European Series, London)

[The Action Committee for the United States of Europe was established on 13/10/1955 with M. Jean Monnet as its president. It supported the principle of enlargement of the European Communities and in 1968 British political parties were invited to join it, with the first meeting in which they were due to participate scheduled for 11/03/1969]

1969
CCO 20/32/4 Correspondence and papers concerning Britain’s application to join the Common Market, mainly between the Party Chairman and local Conservative associations and constituency MPs

Correspondents include:-

  • Barber, Anthony, Party Chairman (1967-1970), later, Chancellor of the Exchequer (1970-1974)
  • Beamish, Col. Sir Tufton MP, Chairman of the Conservative Group for Europe
  • Body, Richard, MP for Holland with Boston (1966-1997), and President of the Anti-Common Market League
  • Bridlington Conservative Association
  • Clark, William, MP for Surrey East (1970-1974)
  • Fidler, Michael, MP for Bury and Radcliffe (1970-1974)
  • Fraser, Sir Michael, Deputy Party Chairman (1964-1975)
  • Goodhart, Philip, Conservative MP for Beckenham (1957-1992)
  • Harrison, Sir Harwood, MP for Eye (1951-1979)
  • Heck, Dr Bruno, Christian Democratic Union, Germany
  • Horncastle Division Conservative Association
  • Macclesfield Conservative Association
  • Marten, Neil, MP for Banbury (1959-1983)
  • Niblock, Michael, Conservative Research Department
  • Pym, Francis, Chief Whip (1970-1973)
  • Ripon, Geoffrey, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1970-1972) [and responsible for negotiating the UK’s entry into the EEC]
  • St John-Stevas, Norman, Conservative MP for Chelmsford (1964-1987)
  • Thomas, Peter, Party Chairman (1970-1972)
  • Wade, Cllr Gerry, Chairman, Greater London Young Conservatives
  • Walker-Smith, Sir Derek, MP for East Hertfordshire (1955-1983), and Chairman of the ‘Conservative 1970s Group’ opposed to the UK’s entry into the Common Market

Subjects include:-

  • Consideration of holding a referendum
  • Formation of the Conservative Group for Europe
  • Pro- and anti-Common Market leaflets, including samples
  • Conservative Group for Europe delegation to the CDU/CSU conference in Germany, Dec 1970

Includes:-

  • ‘Memorandum on Britain and the Common Market’, Norman St. John-Stevas, MP, ND [1970]
  • Memorandum, ‘European Economic Communities’, from Anthony Royle, MP for Richmond, and junior Minister for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs concerning the programme for re-applying for the UK’s entry into the Common Market, 15/09/1970
  • Minutes of the Committee on Europe [chaired by Sir Michael Fraser], 19/01/1971
  • Copy of Glance [Newsletter of the Greater London Young Conservatives], Vol. 6, No.2, March 1971
Aug 1970-Sep 1971
CCO 20/32/5 Itinerary, draft speech, press cuttings and memoranda between Howard Davies, Central Office Agent, Western Area and Ian Deslandes, Private Secretary to the Party Chairman Peter Thomas, concerning the Chairman’s visit to Bristol on 26/05/1971 and attendance at a seminar in support of the UK’s entry into the Common Market Apr-June 1971
CCO 20/32/6 Correspondence and papers concerning Britain’s application to join the Common Market, mainly between the Party Chairman and local Conservative associations and constituency MPs

Correspondents include:-

  • Abingdon Division Conservative Association
  • Beamish, Col. Sir Tufton, MP, Chairman of the Conservative Group for Europe
  • Bridgewater Division Conservative Association
  • City of Coventry Conservative Association
  • Clitheroe Division Conservative Association
  • Corfield, Frederick, MP for South Gloucestershire (1955-1974)
  • Elles, Diana, Chairman, European Union of Women, British Section
  • Fraser, Sir Michael, Deputy Party Chairman (1964-1975)
  • Goodhart, Philip, MP for Beckenham (1957-1992)
  • Gosport & Fareham Conservative Association
  • Hall Green Conservative Association
  • Hartlepool Conservative Association
  • High Peak Conservative Association
  • Louth Conservative Association
  • Marten, Neil, MP for Banbury (1959-1983)
  • McNair-Wilson, Michael, MP for Walthamstow East (1969-1974)
  • Neave, Airey, MP for Abingdon (1953-1979)
  • Nicholls, Sir Harmar, MP for Peterborough (1950-1964)
  • North Dorset Conservative Association
  • Oxfordshire Conservative Association, Banbury Division
  • Pym, Francis, MP, Chief Whip (1970-1973)
  • Ridsdale, Julian, MP for Harwich (1954-1992)
  • Ripon, Geoffrey, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1970-1972) [and responsible for negotiating the UK’s entry into the EEC]
  • Smith, Dudley, MP for Warwickshire & Leamington (1968-1997)
  • South East Essex Conservative Association
  • Stewart-Smith, Geoffrey, MP for Belper (1970-1974)
  • The Methodist Church, Leeds Mission
  • The Wrekin Conservative Association
  • Walker-Smith, Sir Derek, MP for East Hertfordshire (1955-1983), and Chairman of the ‘Conservative 1970s Group’ opposed to the UK’s entry into the Common Market
  • Warwick, Leamington & Kennilworth Conservative Association
  • Wembley North Conservative Association, Kenton West Branch
  • Weston-super-Mare Conservative Association
  • Wimbledon Conservative Association
  • Wingfield Digby,Simon, MP for West Dorset (1941-1974)

Includes:-

  • Copy of Monthly Bulletin for Conservative Trade Unionists, July-August 1971
May-Aug 1971
CCO 20/32/7 Correspondence and papers concerning Britain’s application to join the Common Market, mainly between the Party Chairman and local Conservative associations and constituency MPs

Correspondents include:-

  • Borough of Poole Conservative Association
  • Crossfield, JF, Managing Director, Crosfield Electronics Limited, London
  • Derbyshire Conservative Association, Belper Division
  • East Hertfordshire Conservative Association
  • Falmouth and Camborne Conservative Association
  • Finsberg, Geoffrey, Conservative MP for Hampstead (1970-1983)
  • Goodhart, Philip, MP for Beckenham (1957-1992)
  • Harborough Conservative Association
  • Hayes & Harlington Conservative Association
  • Horncastle Division Conservative Association
  • Llandovery & District Conservative Association
  • Marten, Neil, MP for Banbury (1959-1983)
  • Montagu, Victor, President, The Anti-Common Market League
  • North Dorset Conservative Association
  • Oxfordshire Conservative Association, Banbury Division
  • Rye and Bexhill Conservative Association
  • North Norfolk Conservative Political Centre
  • Shropshire Conservative Association, Shrewsbury Division
  • Thomas, Peter, Party Chairman (1970-1972)
  • Worthing Conservative Association

Includes:-

  • Itinerary for Ministers’ meetings held in provincial areas in Sep 1971 concerning the Common Market, 05/08/1971
  • Sample Conservative Party leaflets promoting entry into the Common Market
  • Transcript of Party Chairman’s speech on the Common Market, Bradford, 22/09/1971
  • Interim report of the CPC Discussions on the Common Market, 19/10/1971
  • Minutes of the Europe Committee meeting, 27/11/1972 [Held at Conservative Central Office; chaired by Sir Michael Fraser, Deputy Party Chairman]
Sep 1971-Nov 1972
CCO 20/32/8 General correspondence and papers concerning the Conservative Party’s participation in the Common Market, including liaison with other centre-right political parties (particularly in France and West Germany) and fundraising in support of the Conservative Group for Europe

Correspondents include:-

  • Carrington, Lord, Party Chairman (1972-1974)
  • Elles, Baroness, Chairman, Conservative Party International Office
  • Fraser, Sir Michael, Deputy Party Chairman (1964-1975)
  • Hurd, Douglas, Political Secretary to Edward Heath
  • Longden, Sir Gilbert MP, Chairman, Conservative Group for Europe
  • Normanton, Tom, MP for Cheadle (1970-1987)
  • Patten, Christopher, Private Secretary to Party Chairman Lord Carrington
  • Royle, Anthony, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office (1973-1974)
  • Selsdon, Malcolm, Lord Selsdon of Croydon, Conservative Peer
  • Spencer, Tom, Chairman, European Union of Christian-Democratic and Conservative Students

Includes:-

  • Minutes of the 3rd meeting of the Europe (Co-Ordinating) Committee [chaired by Lady Elles], 20/06/1973
  • Minutes of the 4th meeting of the Europe (Co-Ordinating) Committee [chaired by Lady Elles], 26/07/1973
  • Minutes of the 6th meeting of the Europe (Co-Ordinating) Committee [chaired by Lady Elles], 28/11/1973
  • Minutes of a meeting concerning ‘Money for European Activities’ held at Conservative Central Office on 16/07/1973 [chaired by Sir Michael Fraser, Deputy Party Chairman]
  • Notes of a meeting between the Party Chairman Lord Carrington, Lady Elles and Sir Michael Fraser concerning the use of the word ‘Conservative’ in the Party’s dealings abroad, and liaison with the French UDR, 16/08/1973
  • Report by Tom Normanton, MP on the CDU Conference in Hamburg, 17-19/11/1973
May-Dec 1973
CCO 20/32/9 General correspondence and papers concerning the Conservative Party’s participation in the Common Market, including liaison with other centre-right political parties and fundraising in support of the British delegation to the European Parliament through the European Representation Fund

Correspondents include:-

  • Habib-Deloncle, Michel, Union des Democrates pour la Ve Republique (URP, or Movement of the French Majority)
  • Stephens, William, Europe Secretary, Conservative Party International Office
  • Patten, Christopher, Director, Conservative Research Department
  • Carrington, Lord, Party Chairman
  • Elles, Baroness, Chairman of the Conservative Party International Office
  • Selsdon, Malcolm, Lord Selsdon, Conservative Peer
  • Royle, Sir Anthony MP, Chairman of the European Policy Committee

Includes:-

  • Minutes of the Europe (Co-Ordinating) Committee [chaired by Lady Elles], 30/01/1974 and 09/05/1974
  • European Parliament, Political Affairs Committee: ‘Preliminary Draft Report in the form of a questionnaire on the problem of direct elections to the European Parliament’, S. Patijn, 12/11/1973
  • Report of the 7th meeting of the Inter-Party Grouping, held in Haiko, Finland, 18-19/05/1974
Dec 1973-Jul 1974
CCO 20/32/10 Direct Elections - Working Papers 1973-6
CCO 20/32/11 Direct Elections to the European Parliament

Correspondents include:-

  • Cann, Edward du, Chairman, 1922 Committee (1972-1984)
  • Douglas, James, Conservative Research Department
  • Garner, AS, Director of Organisation, Conservative Central Office (1976-1988)
  • Patten, Chris, Director, Conservative Research Department (1974-1979)
  • Thorneycroft, Lord Peter, Party Chairman (1975-1981)
  • Young, Baroness, Vice-chairman (c.1975-1978)

Subjects include:-

  • Consultation of local MPs in selection of candidates for European elections, Dec 1977
  • Organisation and arrangements for direct elections to the European Parliament within the UK

Includes:-

  • Conservative Research Department brief, EAC(77)2 Direct Elections to the European Parliament, 01/02/1977 [Author: RPT/JEK]
  • Paper, ‘Direct Elections and the Relationship between the Conservative Party and the European Conservative Group’, James Douglas, Conservative Research Department, 08/02/1977
  • Paper, ‘Notes on the Organisation of Direct Elections to the European Parliament’, Organisation Department, 05/04/1977
  • Conservative Research Department brief, EAC(77)4 ‘Direct Elections to the European Parliament’, 15/04/1977 [Author: RPT/ASH]
  • Paper, ‘Notes on the Organisation of Direct Elections to the European Parliament’, Organisation Department, May 1977
  • Paper, ‘Points relating to the election organisation taken from the European Assembly Election Bill’, 25/06/1977 [Author: OCDM]
  • Report of visit to the European Parliament Secretariat in Luxembourg by James Douglas, 01/06/1977
Jan-Dec 1977
CCO 20/32/12 Direct Elections - European Parliament Steering Committee 1977-8
CCO 20/32/13 Correspondence and papers concerning the proposed European Monetary System (EMS)

Correspondents include:-

  • Howe, Sir Geoffrey, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer (1975-1979)
  • Lawson, Nigel MP for Blaby (1974-1992)
  • May, Simon
  • Ridley, Adam, Conservative Research Department
  • Thorneycroft, Lord, Party Chairman (1975-1981)

Includes:-

  • Report, ‘More Observations on the European Monetary System’, Adam Ridley, 18/07/1978
  • Report, ‘Britain and the Proposed European Monetary System’, 05/10/1978
  • Interim Report of the Confederation of British Industry Working Party on EEC Currency Stabilisation Scheme, 09/10/1978
  • Minutes of a meeting concerning the European Monetary System, attended by Lord Thorneycroft Party Chairman, and Sir Jeremy Morse, Chairman of Lloyds Bank (amongst others), 23/10/1978
  • Minutes of a meeting on ‘The European Monetary System’ held at the House of Commons, attended by Sir Geoffrey Howe, Lord Soames, Francis Pym, John Nott, Nigel Lawson, 25/10/1978
  • Extract from a speech by Sir Jeremy Morse, Chairman of Lloyds Bank, on the proposed European Monetary System, 31/10/1978
July-Nov 1978
CCO 20/32/14 Miscellaneous European papers

Includes:-

  • Report of a National Union Working Party into various aspects of Party organisation in connection with Europe, Nov 1979
  • Report on behalf of the European Parliament Committee on Youth, Culture, Education, Information and Sport ‘on the information policy of the European Community, of the Commission of the European Communities and of the European Parliament’, W Schall, 04/12/1980
  • Report, ‘British Withdrawal from the European Community: Dispelling the Myths’, Scott Hamilton, Conservative Party International Office, 12/06/1981
  • Draft Conservative Research Department report on ‘The Impact on Employment of Britain’s Membership of the European Community’, 17/06/1981
  • Brief for Party Chairman Lord Thorneycroft for a meeting with Francis Pym, Sir Ian Gilmour and Sir James Scott-Hopkins concerning policy towards the EEC prior to a meeting of the full European Liaison Committee, Scott Hamilton, Conservative Party International Office, 23/06/1981
  • European Commission Report on the Mandate of 30 May 1980, 24/06/1981 [ref. COM(81)300]
  • Letter from Sir Henry Plumb MEP, Chairman of the European Democratic Group, on the subject of ‘Providing Ammunition for Conservative Supporters of the European Community’, 08/03/1982
  • Report of the Labour Party’s EEC Liaison Committee on the ‘1984 European Elections’, Apr 1982
  • Draft report of an unnamed committee, the Terms of Reference of which were ‘to consider future policy towards the European Economic Community; and the problem of presenting our membership to the British people in such a way as to ensure that Britain remains a member and is genuinely perceived to benefit therefrom,’, 18/01/1983
1979-1983
CCO 20/32/20 Correspondence mainly from or concerning Peter Kirk and his negotiations with the European Commission for the future British delegation to the European Parliament, and the Group within the Parliament in which it would sit

Correspondents include:-

  • Milne, RD, Conservative Overseas Bureau
  • Fraser, Sir Michael, Deputy Party Chairman
  • Hurd, Douglas, Political Secretary to Edward Heath
  • Kirk, Peter, Conservative Delegation to the European Parliament
  • Patten, Christopher
  • Carrington, Lord, Secretary of State for Defence (1970-1974)
  • Acland, Anthony, Private Secretary to Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home
  • Wilson, GR, Private Secretary to the Lord Privy Seal The Earl of Jellicoe
  • Pakenham, Michael, Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster John Davies
  • Ninn-Hansen, Erik, Danish Conservatives

Subjects include:-

  • The future relationship between the Conservative Party and Ulster Unionists
  • The absence from their constituencies of those MPs selected to become MEPs as part of the British delegation
  • The possibility of combining the European Conservative Group with the French ‘Union Democratique Europeenne’
  • Reports on the British delegation’s first sessions with the European Parliament

Includes:-

  • Reports to the Prime Minister on Discussions with the European Commission, and the political stance to be adopted in the European Parliament by the British delegation, Peter Kirk, 23/11/1972 & 30/11/1972 (including draft letter of response)
  • Notes of a meeting held by John Davies MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 30/11/1972 concerning the briefing of Conservative delegates to the European Parliament, 04/12/1972
  • Minutes of the ‘Europe Committee’ chaired by Sir Michael Fraser, 18/12/1972
Feb 1972-Oct 1973
CCO 20/32/22 Direct Elections 1976-9
CCO 20/32/23 European By-elections, South West London 1979
CCO 20/32/28 Three reports analysing the state of parliamentary opinion within the Conservative Party on the issue of the UK’s entry into the Common Market, prepared by Norman St John-Stevas MP and presented to Peter Thomas, Party Chairman Feb, May & Aug 1971
CCO 20/32/39 Correspondence and papers concerning Conservative Party policy towards the EEC

Correspondents include:-

  • Rouse, Lynda , Conservative Research Department
  • Howarth, Alan, Director, Conservative Research Department
  • Tugendhat, Christopher, Member of the European Commission
  • Garner, AS, Director of Organisation, Conservative Central Office

Includes:-

  • Draft pamphlet produced by the Labour Common Market Safeguards Committee, concerning the feasibility of withdrawing Britain from the EEC, May 1980
  • Conservative Party International Office paper, ‘The Conservative Party & the European Community: The Year Ahead’, 16/06/1980
  • Report, ‘British Public Opinion and the European Community – some thoughts on the future’, Christopher Tugendhat, Member of the European Commission, 07/07/1980
1980-1981
CCO 20/32/40 Reports of the European Parliament’s Committee on Institutional Affairs reports concerning institutional reform of the European Communities

Includes:-

  • Report on the preliminary draft Treaty establishing the European Union, 30/01/1984
  • Brief Summary of the draft Treaty establishing the European Union, 03/08/1984
  • Address by Professor Jean-Paul Jacque given at the meeting of the Committee on Institutional Affairs on 18/09/1984
  • Texts of motions tabled in the national parliaments to date (7 November 1984) on the draft Treaty establishing the European Union, 09/11/1984
  • Report to the European Council, 29-30/03/1985
1984-1985
CCO 20/32/57 Christopher Tugendhat - correspondence 1980-2
CCO 20/32/69 Papers relating to the formation of the European Democrat Union

Includes:-

  • Report by Baroness Elles, Chairman of the Conservative Party International Office, of a meeting held at Kirchberg/Kitzbuhl, Austria, on 21/03/1976 concerning the formation of the European Democrat Union, 22/03/1976
  • Draft Statutes of the European Democrat Union, 25/04/1976
  • Copy of paper LCC(78)176 ‘The European Democrat Union (E.D.U)’ prepared for the Shadow Cabinet by Douglas Hurd MP and Baroness Elles, 12/04/1978
  • Conservative Party International Office: ‘A guide to International Inter-Party Relations’, Jan 1984
1976-1984

    Housing, Land and Rates, 1962-1982

CCO 20/33/1 Correspondence and papers relating to Housing policy

Correspondents include:-

  • Walker, Peter, MP for Worcester
  • Macleod, Iain, Party Chairman
  • Fraser, Sir Michael, Director of the Conservative Research Department
  • Sewill, Brendon, Director of the Conservative Research Department (1964-1970)
  • Boyd-Carpenter, John, Opposition Front Bench Spokesman on Housing, Local Government and Land (1964-1966)
  • Thompson, Tommy, Head of Communications, Conservative Central Office
  • Cann, Edward du, Party Chairman (1965-1967)
  • Griffin, Alderman FF, Leader of the Conservative Group on Birmingham City Council
  • Ripon, Geoffrey MP for Hexham (1966-1987)

Includes:-

  • Conservative Research Department paper, ‘A Note on Some Recent Proposals to Extend the Role of Housing Associations’, 09/10/1962 [Author: GDMB/DMP]
  • Conservative Research Department paper, ‘Observations on Mr Peter Walker’s Proposals for House-Purchase’, 08/10/1962 [Author: GDMB/JOU/DMP]
  • Conservative Research Department brief PHC(65)1 ‘Housing in Greater London; Milner Holland Report’, 11/03/1965 [Author: JM/MW]
  • Conservative Research Department brief PHC(65)11 ‘ Brief for the Housing Debate on the Address’, 05/11/1965 [Author: CEB/ML/JW/AB]
  • Conservative Research Department brief PHC(65)12 ‘ Labour’s Land Commission Scheme’, 10/11/1965 [Author: CEB/JW]
  • Copy of Weekend Talking Point, No. 514, 25/09/1965
  • Conservative Research Department brief PHC(67)1 'Question Time, 7th February 1967 - Oral Answers by the Minister of Housing and Local Government', 31/01/1967 [Author: MAL/CKP]
  • Conservative Central Office leaflet ref: PY 4824 ‘Be a Home Owner’, ND [cMay 1967]
  • Press releases by Edward du Cann concerning housing, 31/01/1967 and 20/02/1967
  • Press release by Desmond Plummer, Leader of the Conservative Opposition on the GLC, 31/03/1967
Sep 1962-Oct 1967
CCO 20/33/2 Rates 1963-4
CCO 20/33/3 Land Values 1964
CCO 20/33/4 Transcripts of speeches given at a seminar on Housing and the Environment organised by the Conservative Parliamentary Housing Committee at Birmingham University, 17/11/1969

Also includes correspondence, memoranda and press cuttings concerning:-

  • The use of housing shortages as a means of securing headlines, 1967
  • Taxation of income from rent of privately-owned houses, 1967-1968
  • Control of rent increases, 1968
1967-9
CCO 20/33/5 Report on house prices and release of land 1972
CCO 20/33/6 Land and Order Project 1977-8
CCO 20/33/7 Urban Challenge 1977-8
CCO 20/33/8 Draft of a pamphlet by Hugh Rossi, LLB, MP (Conservative Spokesman on Housing and Land), entitled The Right Approach to Housing ND (c.1978) and correspondence concerning its publication with the Party Chairman, Lord Thorneycroft Oct-Nov 1978
CCO 20/33/9 Draft of a pamphlet by Hugh Rossi, LLB, MP (Conservative Spokesman on Housing and Land), entitled The Right Approach to Housing ND [c.1978]
CCO 20/33/10 Various papers concerning Housing

Includes:-

  • Conservative Research Department brief ref. PHC(78)1 re: Home Purchase Assistance and the Housing Corporation Guarantee Bill, 1978
  • Copy of Speakers’ Notes, No. 4, March 1978, focused on Housing
  • Minutes and agenda for meetings of the committee running the Party’s National Housing Campaign, chaired by Michael Heseltine, intended to maintain the Party’s initiative during the parliamentary recess, June-September 1978, including sample literature and questionnaires for mailing out
  • Transcript of speech by Reginald Eyre MP entitled ‘Urban Challenges – Ten Point Declaration for the Large Towns and Cities’, June 1978
1978-1979
CCO 20/33/11 Papers concerning the national campaign launched by Michael Heseltine, Environment Secretary, in conjunction with Conservative Central Office, in support of the Housing Bill, to encourage take-up of its 'Right to Buy' proposal around the country

Includes:-

  • Minutes of meeting of 24/06/1980 at which the campaign was launched
  • Correspondence with local Conservative associations and councillors concerning implementation of the proposals
  • Sample leaflets, posters and ‘Right to Buy’ application form
Jun 1980-Nov 1982

    Science and Technology, 1962-1969

CCO 20/35/1 Correspondence concerning the promotion of knowledge and understanding of scientific and technological problems within the Conservative Party

Correspondents include:-

  • Blakenham, Lord (formerly Sir Toby Low), Deputy Party Chairman (1959-1963) and Party Chairman (1963-1965)
  • Bryan, Paul, Vice-Chairman (Candidates)
  • Fraser, Sir Michael, Director, Conservative Research Department
  • Legge-Bourke, Sir Harry, Chairman, Conservative Parliamentary Science and Technology Committee
  • Macleod, Iain, Party Chairman (1961-1963)
  • Yonge, Miss, Personal Assistant to the Party Chairman

Subjects include:-

  • The development of regular contact between Conservative parliamentarians and scientists
  • Combating the ‘brain-drain’
  • The possible establishment of a scientific technological advisory committee within Conservative Central Office and scientific groups with the university and constituency associations

Includes:-

  • Memorandum, ‘Science and the Party’, 03/02/1964
  • Notes of a ‘Meeting on Science’ attended by Lord Blakenham, Party Chairman; Paul Bryan, Vice-Chairman (Candidates); Sir William Urton, General Director; George Hutchinson, Chief Publicity Officer; Sir Harry Legge-Bourke, MP, Chairman, Conservative Parliamentary Science and Technology Committee; Airey Neave MP, Vice-Chairman, Conservative Parliamentary Science and Technology Committee; Colin Craig, 12/02/1964

Dec 1962-Feb 1964
CCO 20/35/2 Science and technology seminar, Parliamentary Technological Committee 1968-9

    Defence, 1963-1983

CCO 20/37/1 Nuclear Deterrent May-June 1963
CCO 20/37/2 Disarmament Campaign (I): Correspondence and papers

Correspondents include:-

  • Baker, KHF, Agent and Secretary, Saffron Walden Constituency Conservative Association
  • Blaker, Peter, Minister of State for the Armed Forces
  • Boyne, Sir Harry, Director of Press and Communications, Conservative Central Office
  • Cattell, Miss R.D., Deputy Central Office Agent, North West Area
  • Cowell, Tim, Assistant Director (Youth), Conservative Central Office
  • Eady, Mrs Judy, Community Officer, Wessex Area
  • Gordon Evans, World Disarmament Campaign
  • Eyres, Stephen, Managing Editor of Free Nation, The Freedom Association
  • Garner, Sir Anthony, Director of Organisation and Community Affairs, Conservative Central Office
  • Horsfield, Frank, Secretary and Agent, Woking Constituency Conservative Association
  • Howarth, Alan, Director, Conservative Research Department
  • Hurd, Douglas, Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Kerpel, Councillor Tony, London Borough of Camden
  • Norbury, Brian, Private Secretary to John Nott, Secretary of State for Defence
  • Nott, John, Secretary of State for Defence
  • Peyton, John, MP for Yeovil
  • Shipley, Peter, Conservative Research Department
  • Stocken, Miss P, Speakers Department, Conservative Central Office
  • Thorneycroft, Peter, Conservative Party Chairman
  • Woodhouse, Catherine, Chairman's Office, Conservative Central Office

Subjects include:-

  • The popularity of CND in South Somerset
  • Manchester City Council's support for CND
  • Availability of Conservative Party speakers to address CND meetings in the absence of the local MP
  • Invitation to John Nott, Secretary of State for Defence, to address an anti-CND rally organised by The Freedom Association during the Conservative Party Conference
  • The cross-party multilateral disarmament group, Council for Arms Control, formed by Ray Whitney MP
  • Measures taken to counter the CND campaign
  • Conservative Central Office leaflets for the Youth Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
  • Opposition to the World Disarmament Campaign

Includes:-

  • Annual Report of the United Nations Association, Westminister Branch, 01/04/1980
  • Ministry of Defence [?] literature pack, 'Cruise Missiles - A vital part of the West's Life Insurance', ND [c.1980]
  • Ministry of Defence pamphlet, The Future United Kingdom Strategic Nuclear Deterrence Force, with introduction by Francis Pym, Secretary of State for Defence, Jul 1980 [27pp]
  • Notes on a CND meeting held in Salisbury on 31/01/1981
  • Conservative Central Office press release containing extract from Douglas Hurd's speech to the Aylesbury Women's Advisory Committee Luncheon concerning 'Nuclear Weapons - the Debate we Must Win', 24/02/1981
  • Copy of Hansard containing John Nott's speech in the House of Commons concerning Nuclear Deterrence, 03/03/1981
  • Conservative Central Office press release containing extract from John Nott's speech to the Annual Scottish Conservative Party Conference, Perth, concerning unilateral disarmament, 07/05/1981
  • Conservative Research Department briefing pack, 'Deterrence and Disarmament', May 1981 [16pp]
  • Ministry of Defence brief, 'Nuclear Weapons: Public Attitudes', ND [c.1981; 45pp]
  • Photocopy of National Front leaflet, 'Campaign against the Communist CND', circulated in the Northern Area, ND [June 1981]
  • British Atlantic Committee leaflet, 'Better than CND', ND [c.1981]
  • Photograph of World Disarmament Campaign poster on hoardings during the Warrington by-election, Jul 1981
  • Notes of a meeting chaired by Douglas Hurd at Conservative Central Office on 09/09/1981 concerning nuclear weapons policy [Author: SMJ Lamport, Private Secretary to Douglas Hurd, 10/09/1981]
  • Conservative Central Office leaflet 'Nuclear Weapons'

Apr 1980-Sep 1981
CCO 20/37/3 Disarmament Campaign (II): Correspondence and papers

Correspondents include:-

  • Blaker, Peter, Minister of State for the Armed Forces
  • Cowell, Tim, Assistant Director (Youth), Conservative Central Office
  • Craine, Peter, Ministry of Defence
  • Garner, Sir Anthony, Director of Organisation and Community Affairs, Conservative Central Office
  • Howarth, Alan, Director, Conservative Research Department
  • Hurd, Douglas, Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Johnson, David, Chairman, Wessex Area Young Conservatives, and National Secretary, Youth for Multilateral Disarmament
  • Lamport, Stephen MJ, Private Secretary to Douglas Hurd, Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Oxenbury, Shirley, Chairman's Office, Conservative Central Office
  • Parkinson, Cecil, Conservative Party Chairman
  • Shipley, Peter, Conservative Research Department
  • Thatcher, Margaret, Prime Minister

Subjects include:-

  • Design and circulation of anti-CND publicity material, in conjunction with the British Atlantic Committee
  • Guidance for Conservative MPs on the Government's position on disarmament and the nuclear deterrent
  • Measures taken to counter the CND campaign
  • Reports on CND demonstrations

Includes:-

  • Notes of meetings concerning CND:-
    • Minutes of meeting chaired by Party Chairman Lord Thorneycroft, 16/06/1981
    • Minutes of meeting chaired by Party Chairman Lord Thorneycroft, 28/06/1981
    • Minutes of meeting chaired by Party Chairman Cecil Parkinson, 27/10/1981
    • Notes of the first meeting of the anti-CND coordinating group, chaired by Peter Blaker MP on 05/11/1981, by Peter Shipley, 06/11/1981
  • Anti-CND leaflets:-
    • Conservative Central Office:-
      • 'Do you want peace? On what terms?...', ND [c.1981]
    • Youth for Multilateral Disarmament:-
      • The Soviet Union Needs You! Support unilateral disarmament!
      • Peace at What Price? Never Again
    • Ministry of Defence:-
      • A Nuclear Free Europe? Why it wouldn't work
      • Nuclear Weapons and Preventing War
      • Cruise Missiles. The important questions
      • Cruise Missiles. Some important questions and answers
  • Conservative Research Department briefing pack, 'Deterrence and Disarmament', May 1981
  • Note concerning the Party's attitude to the World Disarmament Campaign, ND [c.1981]
  • Paper, 'The Debate on Nuclear Deterrence and Disarmament - Notes for Guidance by Mr Peter Blaker MP, Minister of State for the Armed Forces, ND [c.1981; 7pp]
  • Guidance notes for Conservative MPs invited to address CND meetings concerning disarmament, 'Meetings about the Nuclear Deterrent and Disarmament', Sep 1981 [6pp]
  • Conservative Central Office press release containing extracts from speeches by Peter Blaker MP concerning CND, 08/09/1981
  • Lists of Conservative Parliamentary Candidates and local activists prepared to act as anti-CND speakers, ND [1981]
  • Guidance notes for Conservative MPs, 'The Nuclear Deterrent and Disarmament', by Peter Blaker MP, Nov 1981 [6pp]
  • Ministry of Defence literature pack, The United Kingdom Trident Programme, with introduction by John Nott, Secretary of State for Defence, Mar 1982

Jun-Dec 1981; Mar 1982
CCO 20/37/4 Disarmament Campaign (III): Correspondence and papers

Correspondents include:-

  • Blaker, Peter, Minister of State for the Armed Forces
  • Booth, John G, Chairman, Taunton and District Branch, The Monday Club
  • Boyne, Sir Harry, Director of Press and Communications, Conservative Central Office
  • Cowell, Tim, Assistant Director (Youth), Conservative Central Office
  • Garner, Sir Anthony, Director of Organisation and Community Affairs, Conservative Central Office
  • Johnson, David, Chairman, Wessex Area Young Conservatives, and National Secretary, Youth for Multilateral Disarmament
  • Nott, John, Secretary of State for Defence
  • Parkinson, Cecil, Conservative Party Chairman
  • Prisk, Mark, Chairman, Reading University Conservative Association
  • Shipley, Peter, Conservative Research Department

Subjects include:-

  • Rejection of unilateralism by Reading University students
  • Difficulties with distribution of anti-CND Ministry of Defence literature
  • Anti-CND conference entitled 'Peace not Appeasement', held at Conservative Central Office, Feb 1982
  • Appointment of an MP to coordinate the Conservatives' anti-CND campaign
  • Briefing Conference for MPs on CND and deterrence, held at Conservative Central Office, Mar 1982
  • CND demonstrations, Jun 1982

Includes:-

  • Anti-CND leaflets, c1982-1983:-
    • Coalition for Peace Through Security:-
      • CND: Communists Neutralists Defeatists
      • 30 Questions...And Honest Answers about CND
    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office:-
      • The Nuclear Debate
      • Britain and Arms Control
    • Ministry of Defence:-
      • Nuclear Weapons and Preventing War
      • How to Deal with a Bully
      • Trident. Vital for Britain
  • Anti-CND literature pack produced by Youth for Multilateral Disarmament, 'Peace and Defence: Speakers Notes' by Phil Pedley, 1981
  • Conservative Research Department briefing pack, 'Deterrence and Disarmament', Jan 1982
  • Conservative Research Department paper, 'Trends in the Disarmament Movement', Peter Shipley, 22/01/1982
  • Photocopies of leaflets distributed by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, ND [1982]
  • Briefing paper for circulation to MPs on the impact of the Defence cuts on the Royal Navy, Apr 1982
  • Photocopy of Socialist Worker flyer promoting demonstrations against President Reagan's visit to the UK, and the Falklands Conflict, Jun 1982
  • Statement entitled 'The Church and the Bomb' by Peter Blaker MP, Minister of State for the Armed Forces, in response to publication of the report of the Church of England's Working Party of the Board of Social Responsibility, Oct 1982

Dec 1981-Oct 1982
CCO 20/37/5 Disarmament Campaign: Correspondence between members of the public and Party Chairman Cecil Parkinson, primarily concerning comments made by Parkinson regarding Communist infiltration of CND and the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp

Restrictions on Access: Closed until 2033

Sep 1982- Jan 1983
CCO 20/37/6 Disarmament Campaign: Correspondence between members of the public and Party Chairman Cecil Parkinson

Includes:-

  • Template replies from the Chairman to 'CND letters'
  • Transcript of interview of Cecil Parkinson by Richard Lindley on Saturday Briefing, broadcast on BBC2 on 18/12/1982 [During the interview, Parkinson clarified comments he had made concerning the women peace protesters at Greenham Common and Soviet funding of CND. Copies of the transcript were often sent out with stock replies to letters received on these subjects]

Restrictions on Access: Closed until 2033

Dec 1982-Jan 1983
CCO 20/37/7 Disarmament Campaign: Correspondence between representatives of concerned organisations and Party Chairman Cecil Parkinson

Correspondents include:-

  • Boardman, Sir Kenneth, Hon. Treasurer, North Western Area, National Union
  • Burge, Victor, Agent and Secretary, Exeter Conservative Association
  • Burke, John, Chairman, British Defence Campaign
  • Churchill, Winston S., MP for Stretford, and Chairman, Campaign for Defence and Multilateral Disarmament
  • Garner, Sir Anthony, Director of Organisation and Community Affairs, Conservative Central Office
  • Giles, Edward S., Chairman, Isle of Wight Conservative and Unionist Association
  • Gorka, P.v., Vice-President, Hungarian Freedomfighters Association in Great Britain
  • Lamport, Stephen MJ, Private Secretary to Douglas Hurd, Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Leigh, Edward, Director, The Coalition for Peace Through Security
  • Lewney, G., Branch Secretary, National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education
  • Nicolls, John, Director, John Nicolls Advertising Limited
  • Pitt, John G., Secretary, Orpington and Bromley CND
  • Sanderson, Sir Russell, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the National Union
  • Shelton, William J.M., MP for Streatham
  • Sidonio, David, Streatham Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
  • Thomas, Harvey, Campaign for Defence and Multilateral Disarmament (C.D.M.D)
  • Wheldon, Lady Jacqueline, Hon. Executive Director, The Committee for the Free World (UK)
  • Wilkinson, John, MP for Ruislip-Northwood

Includes:-

  • Coalition for Peace Through Security leaflets:-
    • Preventing Nuclear War: A few simple facts
    • 30 Questions...And Honest Answers about CND
    • CND. Communists Neutralists Defeatists
    • What is the Coalition for Peace Through Security
  • Coalition for Peace Through Security posters, 1983:-
    • CND. Communists Neutralists Defeatists
    • 'These British never learn do they, Adolph?' [Profiles of Adolf Hitler and Leonid Brezhnev facing each other]
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office background papers, Feb 1983:-
    • 'The Soviet Union and the European "Peace" Movements' [6pp]
    • 'Activities within West European "Peace" Movements' [5pp]
    • '"Peace" Movements Based in the UK' [6pp]
  • Campaign for Defence and Multilateral Disarmament:-
    • Minutes of Liaison Meeting, 02/03/1983
    • Leaflets:-
      • Know the Facts
      • Peace and the Route to Disarmament
      • How you can Help
  • Committee for the Free World:-
    • Paper, 'Peace Through Arms Control', Ray Whitney MP, Oct 1982
    • Paper, 'Unilateralism, Neutralism, and Pacifism', The Lord Chalfont, Nov 1982
  • Ministry of Defence briefing paper, 'Nuclear Deterrence and Disarmament: Briefing Notes' [4th edition], Feb 1983 [55pp]

Feb-Mar 1983
CCO 20/37/8 Disarmament Campaign Apr.-Dec. 1983

    Northern Ireland, 1963-1974

CCO 20/40/1 Correspondence and internal Party memoranda concerning the political and security situation in Northern Ireland

Correspondents include:-

  • Clark, Sir George A, Chairman, Standing Committee, Ulster Unionist Council
  • Dwyer, Paul, Chairman, The Irish Conservative Association, London
  • Henderson, Capt. OWJ, Publisher of the News Letter, Belfast
  • Howell, David, Conservative Political Centre
  • O’Brien, Donough, Secretary of The Irish Conservative Association, London
  • Orr, Capt. LPS, MP for South Down
  • O’Riordan, DWO, Birmingham Community Relations Committee
  • Patten, Chris
  • Tughan, FC

Subjects include:-

  • Unionists’ perception of the political situation, 10/06/1965
  • Delegation from the South Down Imperial Unionist Association to see the Party Chairman, Peter Thomas, 06/10/1971 [Including minutes of the meeting]
  • Meeting of Unionist candidates Reginald Empey and Rafton Pounder with the Party Chairman concerning the security situation and criticism of the Stormont Government, 07/12/1971
  • Memorandum from David Hunt, National Chairman of the Young Conservatives to Heath concerning his visit to Ulster, 26th-29th May 1972, including detailed itinerary of visits and discussions across the political spectrum
  • Detailed report of the visit by David James MP to Northern Ireland, 10th-17th October 1972 [Includes discussion of a proposed Northern Ireland Conservative Party and concern at the deployment of paratroops in a peace-keeping role]
  • Meeting between the Party Chairman and David James MP, 09/11/1972
  • Meeting of Mr Tughan [Conservative Party donor responsible for funding the Northern Ireland Desk Officer within the Conservative Research Department] with Lord Carrington, Party Chairman, concerning the possibility of establishing a Northern Ireland Conservative Party in consequence of the supposed demise of the Ulster Unionists, 28/11/1972
  • Memorandum from Michael Fraser, Deputy Chairman, ‘Contingency Planning – Possibility of Leadership Changes in the Ulster Unionist Party and their Consequences’ concerning what action should be taken in the eventuality that extremist elements took over the UUP, and the future relationship between the Conservative Party and Ulster Unionists, 12/01/1973
  • Disaffiliation of the Ulster Unionists from the National Union, Jan 1974
  • Memorandum concerning the relationship and poor communication between the Westminster offices of the Ulster Unionists in Glengall Street and Conservative Central Office in Smith Square, 11/03/1974
  • Pamphlet, The Way to Peace in Ireland – the necessity for a British commitment to end the Union, Anthony Coughland, Irish Sovereignty Movement, ND [c1978?]
Jun 1965; Sep 1969; Sep 1971-May 1974
CCO 20/40/2 Report on Northern Ireland July 1963

    Pensions, 1963-70

CCO 20/41/1 Old Age Sub-committee: 'guaranteed minimum in old age' Jan.-Oct. 1963
CCO 20/41/2 Over '80s file (Keith Joseph) Autumn 1970

    Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, 1966-1983

CCO 20/56/1 United Nations Association 1966, 1969
CCO 20/56/2 Rhodesia

Includes:- Letters written by members of the public/Party members to the Party Chairman mainly protesting at Conservative Central Office’s refusal to disseminate transcripts of Enoch Powell’s speech on Rhodesia made at Wolverhampton on 06/12/1968 which advocated recognition for the Government of Ian Smith following the Unilateral Declaration of Independence

Dec 1966; Dec 1968
CCO 20/56/3 Hong Kong

Memorandum from John Cope, Private Secretary to Party Chairman Anthony Barber, written to Guy Hadley, Conservative Research Department, requesting help with briefing material prior to Barber’s visit to Hong Kong

29 Dec 1967
CCO 20/56/4 South Africa Policy

Includes:-

  • Newspaper cuttings concerning Sir Alec Douglas-Home’s visit to South Africa as Shadow Foreign Secretary, 1968
  • Pamphlet, Britain’s Place in the World by Sir Alec Douglas-Home (Conservative Political Centre, Aug 1969)
  • 3-page memorandum concerning points likely to be raised during discussions in South Africa (‘East of Suez’ policy, British military withdrawal from Persian Gulf and South East Asia, Rhodesia, Nigeria, EEC)
1968-1970
CCO 20/56/5 South Africa: newspaper cuttings, copies of Hansard, press releases, transcripts of This Week interview with Prime Minister Harold Wilson (16/04/1970) and BBC1 Panorama programme (27/04/1970) concerning the tour of England by South African cricketers 1970-1971
CCO 20/56/6 The Falklands: briefing notes and memoranda concerning the Conflict

Includes:-

  • Exchange of Notes between the UK Government and the Government of the Argentine Republic 'concerning communications between the Falkland Islands and the Argentine Mainland', Jun 1972 [Cmnd. 5000]
  • Conservative Research Departments Foreign Affairs briefs:
    • PFAC(82)4: The Falkland Islands, 06/04/1982 [Author: RS/CJM]
    • Local Overseas Allowance for the Falkland Islands Task Force, 21/04/1982
    • PFAC(82)5: The Falkland Islands (2), 28/04/1982 [Author: SH/RS/CJM]
  • Briefing Note
    • No. 13: 'The Falkland Islands', 07/04/1982
    • No. 14: 'The Falkland Islands - The Prime Minister's Commons Speech', 14/04/1982
    • No. 17: 'The Falkland Islands: the Basic Principles', 05/05/1982
  • Telegram from Eric G Campbell, British Chamber of Commerce in the Argentine Republic, advocating a peaceful settlement to the Falklands crisis, 15/04/1982
  • Circular letter to Party workers concerning the crisis from Party Chairman Cecil Parkinson, 10/04/1982 and 15/04/1982
  • Memorandum concerning Area opinion towards the crisis, 20/04/1982
  • Memorandum concerning the level of support for the UK amongst members of the US Congress, 26/04/1982
  • Memorandum concerning opinion of Party activists towards the crisis, 06/05/1982
  • Transcript of BBC 1 News interview with Admiral Lord Lewin, Chief of the Defence Staff, concerning the sinking of the Argentine Light Cruiser General Belgrano, 03/06/1983

Jun 1972; Apr-Jun 1982; Jun 1983
CCO 20/56/7 The Falklands: General correspondence concerning the Argentine invasion, mainly from Conservative Party members and local Conservative associations

Includes:-

  • Minutes of Special CPC Meeting of the Chetsey & Walton Conservative Association concerning the Falklands Crisis, 08/04/1982
  • Briefing Note No. 14: 'The Falkland Islands - The Prime Minister's Commons Speech', 14/04/1982

Restrictions on Access: Closed until 2032

Mar-Apr 1982
CCO 20/56/8 The Falklands: General correspondence concerning the Argentine invasion, mainly from Conservative Party members and local Conservative associations

Restrictions on Access: Closed until 2032

Apr 1982
CCO 20/56/9 The Falklands: General correspondence concerning the Argentine invasion, mainly from Conservative Party members and local Conservative associations

Restrictions on Access: Closed until 2032

May 1982
CCO 20/56/10 The Falklands: Correspondence primarily concerning the BBC Panorama programme on the Falklands Conflict broadcast on 10th May 1982

Restrictions on Access: Closed until 2032

May 1982
CCO 20/56/11 The Falklands: General correspondence concerning the Argentine invasion, mainly from Conservative Party members and local Conservative associations

Restrictions on Access: Closed until 2032

May 1982
CCO 20/56/12 The Falklands: General correspondence concerning the Argentine invasion, mainly from Conservative Party members and local Conservative associations

Restrictions on Access: Closed until 2032

June 1982
CCO 20/56/13 The Falklands: General correspondence concerning the Argentine invasion, mainly from Conservative Party members and local Conservative associations

Includes:-

  • Briefing Note No. 23: 'The Falkland Islands - An End to Conflict', 16/06/1982

Restrictions on Access: Closed until 2032

June-July 1982

    Human Rights, 1968

CCO 20/57/1 Human Rights 1968

    Nationalisation, 1964-1978

CCO 20/45/1 Steel Jan. 1964-May 1965
CCO 20/45/2 Steel nationalisation July 1966-July 1967
CCO 20/45/3 Opposition to Transport Bill - speeches made by Shadow Minister of Transport 1967-8
CCO 20/45/4 Opposition to the Transport Bill 1967-8
CCO 20/45/5 Steering Committee on Steel 1969
CCO 20/45/6 Nationalisation - ports (Bristol press cuttings) 1969
CCO 20/45/7 Ports Bill Guillotine Debate Mar. 1970
CCO 20/45/8 Speech transcripts, newspaper cuttings, correspondence and internal memoranda concerning the Conservative Industrial Liaison Group

[The Conservative Industrial Liaison Group was a group of 22 Conservative MPs set up by Michael Heseltine in July 1974 for the purpose of promoting a nationwide campaign against further nationalisation and state intervention in industry]

Includes:-

  • Conservative Research Department report, ‘Labour’s Industrial Policies’, July 1974
  • Interim Report of the Group dated 29th August 1974
  • Lists of company chairmen and managing directors attending private luncheons provided by the Group, July-August 1974
Jul-Sep 1974