Conservative Party Archive: Constituency and Area Agents

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Table of Contents

Introduction
National Society of Conservative & Unionist Agents, 1947-1964
    Minutes, 1947-1964
    Constituency Agents' Central Employment Scheme, 1973-1974
    Rules and standing orders, 1983
    Recruitment and Training of Agents, 1934-1975
    Area Agents' Conferences, 1945-1973
Regional Agents' organisations, 1888-1965
    Home Counties Agents' Association, 1953-1964
    Metropolitan Association of Conservative & Unionist Agents, 1925-1963
    Wessex Conservative Agents' Association, 1933-1956
    Yorkshire Conservative Agents' Association, 1888-1965
        Minutes, 1888-1965


Constituency and Area Agents, 1888-1975

Abstract:
Papers relating to the organisation, recruitment, employment, training and examination of Agents through the National Society of Conservative and Unionist Agents and the regional organisation representing Conservative Agents which came to be affiliated with the National Society, 1988-1975.

Shelfmarks: CCO 509/1-2

Extent: 8 shelfmarks

Organisational History

The National Society of Conservative and Unionist Agents was set up as the professional body for Agents in November 1891. It reflected the trend for Party political business and especially electoral work to be carried out by a new class of skilled Agents instead of through local solicitors’ firms, and a desire from Agents to consolidate their status as professional men. Shortly after this, it commenced publication of the monthly journal, The Tory (Shelfmarks: PUB 1/1-3), which continued until 1898. From 1902 it was followed by the Conservative Agents’ Journal (Shelfmarks: PUB 2/1-13/20).

The National Society began as a federation of the existing regional unions of Conservative Agents. The move towards creating a national body began with the passing of a resolution in favour at a meeting of the Northern Association in Durham on 22nd February, 1890, a copy of which was then conveyed to the other regional Agents’ bodies, followed by deputations to discuss the proposal. The Yorkshire, Midland, Eastern, and Western bodies agreed to join, but the North of England, Metropolitan, and Home Counties initially remained outside. Scottish and Welsh Agents agreed to join shortly after its formation.

The first formal meeting took place in Birmingham on 25th November, 1891, chaired by Mr Middleton, the Chief Agent. At this same meeting, the National Society drafted a Code of Rules for Agents, approved the form of certificates, and appointed a Board of Examiners.

In 1925 a Joint Examination Board was established and, with National Union approval, Agents appointed after 1933 were required to hold the Board’s examination certificate. Central Office assisted with the training and examination of Agents, part of which was undertaken at Ashridge College and Swinton College.

The increasing employment of a full-time Woman Organiser specifically to deal with women's associations and branches led to the development of a parallel organisation, the National Society of Conservative & Unionist Women Organisers in the 1920s. Women did not finally become eligible to take the Agents’ examination and join the National Society of Agents until 1946.

As a result of dwindling numbers following the Conservative Party's decision to stop training Agents and appoint in their stead 'Campaign Managers', the National Society changed its name to the National Society of Conservative Agents and other Campaign Staf' (NSCACS) at its Annual General Meeting in May 2012. The objects of the NSCACS are:-

Restrictions on Access

General access conditions apply to this material.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library, Conservative Party Archive [followed by shelfmark, e.g. CCO 509/1/1].

Corporate names (NCA Rules)

Conservative Party | National Society of Conservative and Unionist Agents

Subjects (LCSH)

Training



National Society of Conservative & Unionist Agents, 1947-1964

Related Material: For newsletters of the National Society, and of the Fellowship of Former Conservative Agents, 1892-2003, see the separate catalogue: PUB/M: Published Material: Conservative Party sectional newsletters, journals and periodicals

    Minutes, 1947-1964

Related Material: [Minutes of the National Society, 1895-1949, and a Letter Book, 1891-1894, are held by the City of Westminster Archives]

CCO 509/1/1/1 Minute book 1947-1957

    Constituency Agents' Central Employment Scheme, 1973-1974

CCO 509/1/2/1 Constituency Agents' Central Employment Scheme - Central Employment Board: Secretary 1973-1974
CCO 509/1/2/2 Constituency Agents' Central Employment Scheme - Stage 1 (with effect from 1/1/1974) 1973-1974
CCO 509/1/2/3 Constituency Agents' Central Employment Scheme - Stage 1 (with effect from 1/8/1974) 1973-1974
CCO 509/1/2/4 Constituency Agents' Central Employment Scheme Paper No. 1: Agent State England and Wales 2 July 1973
CCO 509/1/2/5 Constituency Agents' Central Employment Scheme Paper No. 2: Case for Central Employment 12 July 1973
CCO 509/1/2/6 Constituency Agents' Central Employment Scheme Stage 1 Letter; Stage 2 Letter; After General Election Letter; Agents' Letter 19 July 1973

    Rules and standing orders, 1983

CCO 509/1/3/1 Objects, Constitution Rules and Standing Orders 1983

    Recruitment and Training of Agents, 1934-1975

Related Material:

    Area Agents' Conferences, 1945-1973

Related Material:





Regional Agents' organisations, 1888-1965

    Home Counties Agents' Association, 1953-1964

CCO 509/1/2 Home Counties North Branch: Accounts 1953-1964

    Metropolitan Association of Conservative & Unionist Agents, 1925-1963

Related Material: Minutes for 1891-1947 are held by the London School of Economics.The Minutes for 1925-1937 and 1942-1963 were transferred to the Conservative Party Archive from, and consequently catalogued with, the records of the Metropolitan Area Office. See shelfmarks: ARE 1/25/1-3

    Wessex Conservative Agents' Association, 1933-1956

Related Material: Minutes for 1933-1942 and 1944-1956, and other papers were transferred to the Conservative Party Archive from, and consequently catalogued with, the records of the Wessex Area Office. See shelfmarks: ARE 10/25/1-4

    Yorkshire Conservative Agents' Association, 1888-1965

        Minutes, 1888-1965

CCO 509/2/4/1/1 Minutes Nov 1888-Oct 1895
CCO 509/2/4/1/2 Minutes Oct 1909-Aug 1917
CCO 509/2/4/1/3 Minutes Nov 1917-Oct 1929
CCO 509/2/4/1/4 Minutes Mar 1930-Nov 1939
CCO 509/2/4/1/5 Minutes Dec 1939-Feb 1957
CCO 509 /2/4/1/6 Minutes Mar 1957-Sep 1965



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