Conservative Party Archive: Published Material: Conservative Party newsletters, journals and periodicals

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Table of Contents

Journal of record, 1893-1939
     National Union Gleanings, Aug 1893-June 1912
     Gleanings and Memoranda, Jul 1912-Dec 1933
     Politics in Review, Jan 1934-Aug 1939
Party-wide monthly magazines and newsletters, 1906-1907; 1921-2002
     The Conservative, Jan 1906-Dec 1907
     The Popular View, May 1921-May 1924
        Home and Politics, Sep 1920-Apr 1929
        Junior Imperial League Gazette, 1920-1925
        The Man in the Street, Jun 1924-Apr 1929
     The Elector, Jun 1924-Dec 1938
     The Onlooker, Jan 1939-Jun 1947
     Tory Challenge, Jul 1947-Sep 1953
     Onward, 1953-1957
     Weekly News Letter, Nov 1945-Mar 1972
     Monthly News Letter, Jan 1949-Oct 1966
     Monthly News, Nov 1966-Mar 1972
     Conservative Monthly News, Apr 1972-Apr 1978
     Conservative News, May 1978-Jul/Aug 1982
     Conservative Newsline, Sep 1982-Dec 1993
     Conservative Heartland: The Conservative Party Magazine, 2001-2002

Published Material: Conservative Party newsletters, journals and periodicals, 1893-2002

Included within this section are newsletters, journals and periodicals produced by the Conservative Party or one of its affiliated organisations, intended for Party-wide consumption, 1893-2002. [For newsletters intended for specific groups only within the Party, see the separate catalogue PUB M]. It includes all titles originating from Conservative Central Office, regardless of whether they were produced by the National Union, Central Office or one of its departments, the Conservative Political Centre or the Conservative Research Department.

Shelfmarks: PUB A

Extent: 217 shelfmarks

Restrictions on Access

Available for research.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library, Conservative Party Archive [followed by shelfmark, e.g. PUB 187/1].

Related Material

This catalogue consists of Party-wide titles only. For newsletters and magazines produced by Conservative Central Office departments or Advisory Committees of the National Union, for specific groups only within the Party, such as Women, Trade Unionists, Teachers, etc, see PUB M Departmental newsletters and magazines .

Corporate names (NCA Rules)

Conservative Party | Conservative Central Office
Conservative Party | Conservative Political Centre
Conservative Party | Conservative Research Department
Conservative Party | National Society for Conservative Agents
Conservative Party | National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations

Journal of record, 1893-1939

From 1893 until 1939 a series of titles collectively formed the official monthly journal of record of the Conservative Party, a publication which was primarily intended as an information tool for Conservative Agents, Members of Parliament, Conservative speakers and doorstep canvassers.

The original journal, National Union Gleanings (1893-1912) was superseded by Gleanings & Memoranda (1912-1934), and finally, Politics in Review (1934-1939), which ceased publication at the outbreak of the Second World War. As late as 11th January, 1950, the minutes of the National Advisory Committee on Publicity and Speakers state that, ‘The Chairman stressed the value of the above publications [Gleanings & Memoranda], and Mr Chapman-Walker read a note from the Research Department on the subject. It was agreed, in view of present circumstances, that the matter should be held over until after the General Election.’ [Source: Shelfmark: CCO 4/3/34].

A notable feature of these volumes is that they drew on a wide variety of sources which are available in only one or two libraries. For example, it used many provincial newspapers in its compilations of election speeches and manifestos, the originals of which some are not even available the British Library Newspaper Library at Colindale. They also cited Government documents with limited circulation and ephemeral party literature which is nowadays unobtainable. In almost all of the cases where it has been possible to check the accuracy of its quotations Gleanings and its various incarnations adhered closely to the original text.

The volumes, bi-annual compilations until 1933 and thereafter quarterly, are indexed.

Note: For a more detailed introduction to the value of National Union Gleanings and its successors as an historical resource, see the notes by Michael Kinnear, Professor of British History, University of Manitoba in Archives of the British Conservative Party 1867-1992 - A Detailed Guide to the Microform Collectionsby the Gale Group (1992), available at:

     National Union Gleanings, Aug 1893-June 1912

Described as, ‘A monthly record of political events and current political literature,’ National Union Gleanings was first published in August 1893 (Vol. 1) by the Publication Committee of the National Union of Conservative and Constitutional Associations.

Sections included each month varied, but could include: The Politician’s Diary; Home Affairs (including Ireland); Agriculture; Labour; Education; Foreign Affairs; The House of Lords; London Questions; Colonial and Indian Affairs; and Miscellaneous Items. For each quarter, an index was produced, and additional sections ‘Speeches made by leading politicians’ and ‘Magazine articles on subjects of interest to politicians’ were included.

PUB 220/1 Vol. 1 Aug-Dec 1893
PUB 220/2 Vol. 2 Jan-Jun 1894
PUB 220/3 Vol. 3 Jul-Dec 1894
PUB 220/4 Vol. 4 Jan-Jun 1895
PUB 220/5 Vol. 5 Jul-Dec 1895
PUB 220/6 Vol. 6 Jan-Jun 1896
PUB 220/7 Vol. 7 Jul-Dec 1896
PUB 220/8 Vol. 8 Jan-Jun 1897
PUB 220/9 Vol. 9 Jul-Dec 1897
PUB 220/10 Vol. 10 Jan-Jun 1898
PUB 220/11 Vol. 11 Jul-Dec 1898
PUB 220/12 Vol. 12 Jan-Jun 1899
PUB 220/13 Vol. 13 Jul-Dec 1899
PUB 220/14 Vol. 14 Jan-Jun 1900
PUB 220/15 Vol. 15 Jul-Dec 1900
PUB 220/16 Vol. 16 Jan-Jun 1901
PUB 220/17 Vol. 17 Jul-Dec 1901
PUB 220/18 Vol. 18 Jan-Jun 1902
PUB 220/19 Vol. 19 Jul-Dec 1902
PUB 220/20 Vol. 20 Jan-Jun 1903
PUB 220/21 Vol. 21 Jul-Dec 1903
PUB 220/22 Vol. 22 Jan-Jun 1904
PUB 220/23 Vol. 23 Jul-Dec 1904
PUB 220/24 Vol. 24 Jan-Jun 1905
PUB 220/25 Vol. 25 Jul-Dec 1905
PUB 220/26 Vol. 26 Jan-Jun 1906
PUB 220/27 Vol. 27 Jul-Dec 1906
PUB 220/28 Vol. 28 Jan-Jun 1907
PUB 220/29 Vol. 29 Jul-Dec 1907
PUB 220/30 Vol. 30 Jan-Jun 1908
PUB 220/31 Vol. 31 Jul-Dec 1908
PUB 220/32 Vol. 32 Jan-Jun 1909
PUB 220/33 Vol. 33 Jul-Dec 1909
PUB 220/34 Vol. 34 Jan-Jun 1910
PUB 220/35 Vol. 35 Jul-Dec 1910
PUB 220/36 Vol. 36 Jan-Jun 1911
PUB 220/37 Vol. 37 Jul-Dec 1911
PUB 220/38 Vol. 38 Jan-Jun 1912

     Gleanings and Memoranda, Jul 1912-Dec 1933

Gleanings and Memoranda was a continuation of National Union Gleanings, which it superseded, but continued its numbering sequence. An advertisement from 1924 states that, ‘It comprises a careful and authentic summary of political events, official publications, and the sayings and doings of public men. It forms a conveniently arranged means of reference to political controversy, and its contents are fully and clearly indexed.’

Regular features covered in Gleanings included: Political Events of the Month; Foreign Affairs; The Empire; Finance; Trade and Industry; Agriculture; Social Questions; Socialistic Politics; Russia and Communism; Parliamentary record.

Publication of Gleanings was suspended after February 1917 due to the 'urgent need for economy in paper, [and] the necessity of suspending all work not essential to the conduct of the War' and did not resume again until June 1919. Two volumes, one covering Jan 1917-Nov 1918 and the other Nov 1918-Apr 1919, were subsequently produced to retrospectively record the principal political events of the period.

A note in the final edition of Gleanings, December 1933, states: ‘Owing to the high cost of production it has been found necessary to discontinue the publication of Gleanings and Memoranda in its present form. The present is therefore the final issue of this monthly Journal, and it appropriately completes the history of the Second Session of the present Parliament. It is proposed to issue, in the coming year, a quarterly reference magazine, entitled Politics in Review, which will contain all those features which have made Gleanings and Memoranda so valuable to students of politics. One of the advantages of a quarterly periodical is that it will enable problems to be treated in greater perspective and at the same time present a more complete picture of developments. Digests of Bills and summaries of Parliamentary proceedings and of important official publications will be included in this quarterly guide to political events.’

PUB 220/39 Vol. 39 Jul-Dec 1912
PUB 220/40 Vol. 40 Jan-Jun 1913
PUB 220/41 Vol. 41 Jul-Dec 1913
PUB 220/42 Vol. 42 Jan-Jun 1914
PUB 220/43 Vol. 43 Jul-Dec 1914
PUB 220/44 Vol. 44 Jan-Jun 1915
PUB 220/45 Vol. 45 Jul-Dec 1915
PUB 220/46 Vol. 46 Jan-Jun 1916
PUB 220/47 Vol. 47 Jul-Dec 1916
PUB 220/48 Vol. 48 Jan 1917-Nov 1918
PUB 220/49 Vol. 49 Nov 1918-Apr 1919
PUB 220/50 Vol. 50 Jun-Dec 1919
PUB 220/51 Vol. 51 Jan-Jun 1920
PUB 220/52 Vol. 52 Jul-Dec 1920
PUB 220/53 Vol. 53 Jan-Jun 1921
PUB 220/54 Vol. 54 Jul-Dec 1921
PUB 220/55 Vol. 55 Jan-Jun 1922
PUB 220/56 Vol. 56 Jul-Dec 1922
PUB 220/57 Vol. 57 Jan-Jun 1923
PUB 220/58 Vol. 58 Jul-Dec 1923
PUB 220/59 Vol. 59 Jan-Jun 1924
PUB 220/60 Vol. 60 Jul-Dec 1924
PUB 220/61 Vol. 61 Jan-Jun 1925
PUB 220/62 Vol. 62 Jul-Dec 1925
PUB 220/63 Vol. 63 Jan-Jun 1926
PUB 220/64 Vol. 64 Jul-Dec 1926
PUB 220/65 Vol. 65 Jan-Jun 1927
PUB 220/66 Vol. 66 Jul-Dec 1927
PUB 220/67 Vol. 67 Jan-Jun 1928
PUB 220/68 Vol. 68 Jul-Dec 1928
PUB 220/69 Vol. 69 Jan-Jun 1929
PUB 220/70 Vol. 70 Jul-Dec 1929
PUB 220/71 Vol. 71 Jan-Jun 1930
PUB 220/72 Vol. 72 Jul-Dec 1930
PUB 220/73 Vol. 73 Jan-Jun 1931
PUB 220/74 Vol. 74 Jul-Dec 1931
PUB 220/75 Vol. 75 Jan-Jun 1932
PUB 220/76 Vol. 76 Jul-Dec 1932
PUB 220/77 Vol. 77 Jan-Jun 1933
PUB 220/78 Vol. 78 Jul-Dec 1933

     Politics in Review, Jan 1934-Aug 1939

Politics in Review superseded Gleanings and Memoranda from January 1934. A note in the final edition of Gleanings and Memoranda, December 1933, states: ‘It is proposed to issue, in the coming year, a quarterly reference magazine, entitled Politics in Review, which will contain all those features which have made Gleanings and Memoranda so valuable to students of politics. One of the advantages of a quarterly periodical is that it will enable problems to be treated in greater perspective and at the same time present a more complete picture of developments. Digests of Bills and summaries of Parliamentary proceedings and of important official publications will be included in this quarterly guide to political events.’ Politics in Review usually consisted of between 100-150 pages per issue.

Issue no. 1 (January 1934) included a foreword by Stanley Baldwin: ‘In welcoming the first issue of Politics in Review, I should like to take the opportunity of emphasising the importance of political education in the difficult circumstances of the present day…. It is here [the maintenance of an educated democracy against the challenges by Communism and Fascism] that Politics in Review has its special function. In itself it is not a propagandist publication. It does not appeal directly to the man in the street or the woman in the home. It has a different object, in that it provides writers and speakers with their material, and its purpose may be defined as to provide the ammunition – figures, facts and quotations – for those who are actively engaged in the political battle.

Politics in Review incorporated Gleanings and Memoranda, a publication which, over a period of years, has earned an enviable reputation for thoroughness and accuracy. I am confident that Politics in Review will not fall short of its predecessor in this respect, but will maintain throughout a consistent exactness and impartiality in its presentation of the facts of current politics. In so doing it will be rendering an essential service to the Conservative cause, and to the national and Imperial interests which that cause seeks to advance.

The educational value of Politics in Review will depend on the extent to which it is used by the active propagandists, and I hope, therefore, that it will be in wide demand throughout the whole organisation, from Members of Parliament to the local speakers, whose self-sacrificing work at small meetings up and down the country plays an invaluable part in the education of our electors.’

PUB 220/79 Vol. 1 Jan-Mar 1934
PUB 220/80 Vol. 2 Jan-Mar 1935
PUB 220/81 Vol. 3 Jan-Mar 1936
PUB 220/82 Vol. 4 Jan-Mar 1937
PUB 220/83 Vol. 5 Jan-Mar 1938
PUB 220/84 Vol. 6 Jan-Mar 1939

Party-wide monthly magazines and newsletters, 1906-1907; 1921-2002

     The Conservative, Jan 1906-Dec 1907

The Conservative was the first of the mass-publication popular newsletters published by the Conservative Party, and was advertised as 'A popular Conservative monthly suitable for local distribution' for all Conservatives and Unionists. It was launched in 1905, presumably as part of the propaganda effort prior to the anticipated General Election. It consisted of 16 pages of print, providing a commentary on contemporary political issues as well as features, including a regular column, 'What Women Think - our page for fair politicians'.

Only volume 2 (containing issues 1-12, Jan-Dec 1906) and volume 3 (containing issues 1-12, Jan-Dec 1907) survive in the Conservative Party Archive. A feature entitled ‘To Our Readers’ appeared in the Dec 1907 issue concerning the future format of The Conservative. From 1st January 1908 it was to be re-named The Conservative and Unionist, although local constituencies and Provincial Divisions of the National Union would be encouraged to add their own local inserts and cover with a title of their own choosing. It would continue to consist of 16 pages, of which four would be used for advertisements. No copies of the revised newsletter are held, and it is not known whether it was actually published in this format.

PUB 198/1 Vol. 2 Nos. 1-12 Jan-Dec 1906
PUB 198/2 Index; Vol. 3 Nos. 1-12 Jan-Dec 1907

     The Popular View, May 1921-May 1924

The Popular View was 'A monthly Review for Men and Women interested in the leading questions of the day.' It was first published in May 1921 (Vol. 1, No. 1) and usually consisted of 24 pages. From the outset it featured regular columns for ‘Clubs and Associations’ which included local news from the Junior Imperial League, Unionist Labour Committees, and the Women’s Unionist Organisation branches (and others) around the country; ‘Women in Politics’; and ‘Workshop Talks’ by trade unionists.

It was intended that local constituency associations and others would adapt The Popular View and ‘localise’ it with the addition of their own inserts. The Women’s Unionist Organisation’s Home and Politics, which had begun publication in 1920, adapted its format to incorporate The Popular View, as did the Junior Imperial League’s Junior Imperial League Gazette which had similar been founded in 1920.

From June 1924, The Popular View was replaced by The Man in the Street which was published in a virtually identical format but was much more focussed on Conservative men. Home and Politics continued as a separate publication for Conservative women. At the same time, The Elector (see below) began publication as a much shorter and concise newsletter.

PUB 211 The Popular View (No. 1-11, Vol. 1)

The non-localised version of The Popular View was incorporated into Home and Politics between May-Oct 1921 (for which, see below), which fills some of the gaps in the surviving sequence of The Popular View. The following issues are missing:-

  • Vol.1, No. 12 (Apr 1922)
  • Vol. 2, Nos. 1-12 (May 1922-Apr 1923)
  • Vol. 3, Nos. 1-12 (May 1923-Apr 1924)

May 1921-Mar 1922

        Home and Politics, Sep 1920-Apr 1929

Home and Politics (first published in Sep 1920) had been going 9 months when The Popular View came out, at which time the former was re-branded as ‘The Women’s Unionist Organisation edition of “The Popular View”’ and given a new numbering series:

*From June 1923 (No. 26) Home and Politics no longer refered to itself as the Women’s edition of The Popular View, but continued the numbering sequence and the format otherwise remained unchanged.

PUB 212/1 Nos. 1-11 Sep 1920-Mar 1922
PUB 212/2 Nos. 13-24 May 1922-Apr 1923
PUB 212/3 Nos. 25-36 May 1923-Apr 1924
PUB 212/4 Nos. 37-48 May 1924-Apr 1925
PUB 212/5 Nos. 49-60 May 1925-Apr 1926
PUB 212/6 Nos. 61-72 May 1926-Apr 1927
PUB 212/7 Nos. 73-84 May 1927-Apr 1928
PUB 212/8 Nos. 85-86 May 1928-Apr 1929

        Junior Imperial League Gazette, 1920-1925

A handwritten note inside the volume containing copies of the later Junior Imperial League newsletter, The Imp, 1932-1936, states, ‘”JILG” started 1920, combined with “Popular View” in 1921. Source: AG Mitchell. P Cohen. [Jan 1962]’.

PUB 199/1 New Series, Vol. 1 No. 2-Unnumbered June 1921-Apr 1922
PUB 199/2 New Series May 1923-Apr 1924

        The Man in the Street, Jun 1924-Apr 1929

The Man in the Street was first published in June 1924, in the same format as, and being the direct successor to The Popular View, even continuing its numbering sequence. An advertisement in its first issue stated that it would be ‘An illustrated monthly dealing with events and personalities in the world of affairs, in politics, in sport, and in literature.’ It was re-named Home and Empire in 1930 but no copies of this magazine are held.

PUB 210/1 (bound with:) The Popular View No.13. VIII (May 1924) [One issue only] The Man in the Street No. 1 Vol.IV (June 1924)-No. 11 Vol. IV(April 1925) 1924-5
PUB 210/2 The Man in the Street No. 12 Vol. IV-No. 23 Vol. VII May 1925-Apr 1926
PUB 210/3 No. 24 Vol. VII-No. 35 May 1926-Mar 1927
PUB 210/4 No. 36-No. 47 May 1927-Apr 1928
PUB 210/5 No. 48-No. 59 May 1928-Apr 1929

     The Elector, Jun 1924-Dec 1938

The Elector was first published in June 1924 as a double-sided, folded leaflet – a format it retained until it was superseded by The Onlooker in January 1939. It was produced by Conservative Central Office. It was published monthly and was a commentary of contemporary political events and publications within and without Parliament, in short, punchy sound-bite form, providing facts and figures.

Note: [Missing months (some probably not produced due to elections): Nov-Dec 1924; June-Sep 1929; Nov 1931; Nov-Dec 1935; Feb 1936; May 1936; Sep 1936; Dec 1936-Jan 1937; June 1937; Aug 1937; June 1938]

PUB 146/2 The Elector Jun 1924-Dec 1934
PUB 146/3 The Elector Jan 1935-Dec 1938

     The Onlooker, Jan 1939-Jun 1947

The Onlooker was first published in January 1939. It was published monthly by Conservative Central Office, usually consisting of 8 pages of print, and was one of the only Conservative Party publications to continue in print throughout the War.

Related Material: [A full set of the The Onlooker, Jan 1939-June 1947, with the exception of October and December 1939, is held by the British Library]


Note: [Copies of The Onlooker for Feb 1939-Dec 1943 are held within the Bodleian Library’s main bookstack and can be requested via SOLO]

Jan 1939-Dec 1942
PUB 59 The Onlooker Jan 1943-Dec 1944
PUB 213/1 The Onlooker Jan 1945-Jun 1947

     Tory Challenge, Jul 1947-Sep 1953

Tory Challenge was first published in July 1947, and succeeded The Onlooker as the main Conservative Party newsletter. It was published monthly by Conservative Central Office, under the editor-in-chief E.D. O'Brien. Its first editorial states that it was, ‘Open to distinguished writers who bear no party label. Tory Challenge is not intended merely as a “house organ” – and some of our more enthusiastic followers may be disappointed if they expect it to be one. It is intended as a modern magazine supporting a great contemporary political movement.’

PUB 214/1 Tory Challenge (incorporating The Onlooker) Vol. 1 No. 1-Vol. 1 No. 12 Jul 1947-Jun 1948
PUB 214/2 Tory Challenge Vol. 2 No. 1-Vol. 2 No. 12 Jul 1948-Jun 1949
PUB 214/3 Vol. 3 No. 1-Vol. 3 No. 12 Jul 1949-Jul 1950
PUB 214/4 Vol. 4 No. 1-Vol. 4 No. 12 Aug 1950-Jul 1951
PUB 214/5 Vol. 5 No. 1-Vol. 5 No. 12 Aug 1951-Aug 1952
PUB 214/6 Vol. 6 No. 1-Vol. 7 No. 1 Sep 1952-Sep 1953

     Onward, 1953-1957

Onward was first published in October 1953. Its first editorial stated, ‘Onward, a new and enlarged Party magazine, this month succeeds Tory Challenge. The change is appropriate. Tory Challenge first appeared in 1947 when the Conservative Party was still smarting from the severe defeat of 1945. Its name then implied its purpose and through six momentous years, and two General Elections, the challenge to Socialism was waged relentlessly. Now that the Party has been returned to power and cleared up the worst of the familiar aftermath of Socialism, a new phase is opening in the history of the Party. The Tories still challenge the false credos of Socialism, but they can now set them against solid achievements and solid hopes, of a freer, happier, better Britain.’

The earlier issues featured a regular ‘Women’s Page’ ‘Young Conservatives’ page, and ‘Local Government Notes’.

A note in the final, June 1957 edition of Onward, states that, ‘As part of a re-deployment of the Party’s publicity is has been decided to suspend Onward after this issue.’

PUB 215/1 Vol. 1 No. 1-Vol. 1 No. 12 Oct. 1953-Sept. 1954
PUB 215/2 Vol. 3 No. 1-Vol. 3 No. 10 Oct. 1955-Aug. 1956
PUB 215/3 Vol. 4 No. 1-Vol. 4 No. 10 Sept. 1956-June 1957

     Weekly News Letter, Nov 1945-Mar 1972

The earliest surviving copy held in the Conservative Party Archive, dated 5th April 1946 (Vol.2, No. 14), states: ‘The Weekly News was started in November 1945 as a duplicated sheet with limited circulation. To-day it makes its first appearance in printed form.’ From April 1946 it consisted of between two and four-sides of print. Its content was similar to the Weekend Talking Point in that its main aim was to be a tool to counter Opposition propaganda, but its content does not appear to have been as strictly controlled as that publication. It was published by Conservative Central Office and its long-standing editor from its inception until June 1965 was George E Christ.

From at least September 1953 it contained a regular column, ‘Industrial Notebook’ (later, ‘Industrial Scene’). ‘Local Government Matters’ was also a regular feature.

Harold Macmillan recommended the Weekly News Letter on 14th November, 1959, when he said, ‘Every political party, if it is going to prosper, needs a large membership. But it needs something more than mere numbers. It needs an active and informed membership. For fourteen years, in good times and in bad, the Weekly News Letter has kept up a lively and vigorous supply of political information and comment to help our supporters in their work in the constituencies. It was founded in dark days, soon after a heavy electoral defeat. But the need for a publication of this sort is no less today in the aftermath of a great electoral victory.’ [Source: advertisement for the Weekly News Letter in The Councillor, Winter 1964].

From 22nd October 1966, it was known as the Weekly News.

A note in the last edition, dated 25th March 1972, states that: ‘This is the last issue of Weekly News. It is to be incorporated with a newly-designed Monthly News which will appear as an eight-page tabloid size paper at the beginning of April. The new paper, because of its size, will be able to devote more space to more subjects and deal with them in greater depth. It will be a must for all those interested in politics and the Conservative Party.’

[PUB 193/1] [VACANT]
PUB 193/2 Weekly News Letter Vol. 2 Nos. 14-51 Apr-Dec 1946
PUB 193/3 Weekly News Letter Vol. 3 Nos. 1-50 Jan-Dec 1947
PUB 193/4 Weekly News Letter Vol. 4 Nos. 1-51 Jan-Dec 1948
PUB 193/5 Weekly News Letter Vol. 5 Nos. 1-48 Jan-Nov 1949
PUB 193/6 Weekly News Letter Vol. 6 Nos. 1-50 Jan-Dec 1950
PUB 193/7 Weekly News Letter Vol. 7 Nos. 1-50 Jan-Dec 1951
PUB 193/8 Weekly News Letter Vol. 8 Nos. 1-50 Jan-Dec 1952
PUB 193/9 Weekly News Letter Vol. 9 Nos. 1-50 Jan-Dec 1953
PUB 193/10 Weekly News Letter Vol. 10 Nos. 1-51 Jan-Dec 1954
PUB 193/11 Weekly News Letter Vol. 11 Nos. 1-49 Jan-Dec 1955
PUB 193/12 Weekly News Letter Vol. 12 Nos. 1-51 Jan-Dec 1956
PUB 193/13 Weekly News Letter Vol. 13 Nos. 1-51 Jan-Dec 1957
PUB 193/14 Weekly News Letter Vol. 14 Nos. 1-51 Jan-Dec 1958
PUB 193/15 Weekly News Letter Vol. 15 Nos. 1-50 Jan-Dec 1959
PUB 193/16 Weekly News Letter Vol. 16 Nos. 1-51 Jan-Dec 1960
PUB 193/17 Weekly News Letter Vol. 17 Nos. 1-50 Jan-Dec 1961
PUB 193/18 Weekly News Letter Vol. 18 Nos. 1-50 Jan-Dec 1962
PUB 193/19 Weekly News Letter Vol. 19 Nos. 1-50 Jan-Dec 1963
PUB 193/20 Weekly News Letter Vol. 20 Nos. 1-49 Jan-Dec 1964
PUB 193/21 Weekly News Letter [From Oct 1966, Weekly News] Vol. 21 No. 1-Vol. 22 No. 42 Jan 1965-Dec 1966
PUB 193/22 Weekly News Vol. 23 No. 1-Vol. 24 No. 50 Jan 1967-Dec 1968
PUB 193/23 Weekly News Vol. 25 No. 1-Vol. 28 No. 12 Jan 1969-Mar 1972

     Monthly News Letter, Jan 1949-Oct 1966

The Monthly News Letter was published by Conservative Central Office in a similar size and format to the Weekly News Letter, and consisted of 4 pages of print. Very few copies survive, from March 1966 only [A note dated 26/04/1978 by Geoffrey Block of the Conservative Research Department states that 4 bound volumes containing issues from 1949-1969 were believed to be held at Conservative Central Office but their whereabouts are unknown.] The Monthly News Letter was re-named the Monthly News from November 1966, but its format was otherwise unchanged.

Related Material: [For Dec 1949 issue, see: shelfmark: CCO 500/24/26]

Related Material: [For Jan 1960 issue, see: shelfmark: MS Macmillan dep c.428, fo. 266]

Related Material: [For Mar 1960 issue, see: shelfmark: MS Macmillan dep c.428, fo. 264]

Related Material: [For May 1962 issue, see: shelfmark: MS Macmillan dep c.428, fo. 262]

PUB 252/4/1 Monthly News Letter Mar 1966; Jun-Oct 1966

     Monthly News, Nov 1966-Mar 1972

The Monthly News continued on from the Monthly News Letter, and was published in parallel to the Weekly News. The size of the newsletter was increased slightly from February 1968 owing to a change in printers from Taylor & Sons of Minety, Wiltshire to Deverell, Gibson & Hoare, of London, but otherwise the format remained the same until it ceased publication in March 1972, and both it and the Weekly News were replaced by a new, single broadsheet format, Conservative Monthly News.

PUB 252/4/2 Monthly News

Note: [Issues missing: Nov 1967-Jan 1968; June 1970]

Nov 1966-Mar 1972

     Conservative Monthly News, Apr 1972-Apr 1978

Conservative Monthly News first appeared in April 1972 and was a monthly broadsheet-style newspaper, published by Conservative Central Office.

PUB 123/1 Conservative Monthly News

Apr.-Dec. only

PUB 123/2 Conservative Monthly News 1973
PUB 123/3 Conservative Monthly News

Comprises Feb.-Aug. and Nov.-Dec.

PUB 123/4 Conservative Monthly News

Comprises Jan.-Oct. and Dec.

PUB 123/5 Conservative Monthly News

May-Dec. only

May.-Dec. 1976
PUB 123/6 Conservative Monthly News 1977
PUB 123/7 Conservative Monthly News Jan-Apr 1978

     Conservative News, May 1978-Jul/Aug 1982

In May 1978, the Party newspaper Conservative Monthly News was re-named simply Conservative News, with a new masthead but an otherwise unaltered format and production schedule: ‘This month our paper takes on a new look, with a title head incorporating the new symbol being used by the Conservative Party. Normally reproduced in red, white and blue, this has already been used with great success by the Party in Scotland. We’re also dropping the word “monthly” from our title. This was originally there to distinguish us from the old Weekly News, which is no longer produced. So from now on its Conservative News – but still with the same popular features that have made us the largest selling party publication in Britain…Conservative News is the indispensable link between those at the top of our Party and our grassroots supporters.’

Publication was suspended in May and June 1979 for the period of the General Election and European Elections. It was also suspended during August and September 1979.

From April 1980, at the instigation of Party Chairman Lord Thorneycroft, the format of Conservative News changed from 8-page broadsheet to a single, folded A3 sheet, which was produced fortnightly: ‘Many constituencies have stressed the need for a small, simple, easily distributed, factual briefing paper for Conservative supporters.’ [From the Central Office memo announcing the change dated 28/03/1980]. ‘The Aim is to produce a regular and attractive four-page publication, written in a simple, clear style, to cater for as wide a range of readership as possible. Policies cover a very wide range of interest to “grass roots” readers, and a broad selection of contributions and topics, illustrated with graphics, caricatures, pictures and cartoons, are essential…Up-to-date, clear briefing on the main issues and topical events of the day. To include: Quotes from newspapers; Notes on YCs, CTU, SBB, etc; Pictures, sketches, cartoons; Diary of events; News and views; What the papers say; Conference notes; Local Government; Articles and messages from key Conservatives; Agents’ notes, and so on.’ [From the ‘dummy’version of the new format, sampled at the Central Council meeting in Bournemouth, March 1980].

Conservative News was re-named Conservative Newsline from September 1982, and returned to an 8-page,broadsheet format, produced monthly.

PUB 123/8 Conservative News

Comprises Jan.-Apr., June-July and Oct.-Dec.

May 1978- Dec 1979
PUB 124/1 Conservative News 1980
PUB 124/2 Conservative News

Comprises Jan.-Feb and Apr.-Dec.

PUB 124/3 Conservative News/Conservative Newsline Jan-Aug 1982

     Conservative Newsline, Sep 1982-Dec 1993

The July/August 1982 issue of Conservative News stated that, ‘…starting in September, there’ll be a brand new monthly newspaper, Conservative Newsline: new size, new look, new editorial concept, and lots of lively new material. What’s the idea? It’s part of the drive to show that Conservatives are more active than ever; are concerned about public issues, large and small; and above all, care for people and their problems. It’s in response to urgent requests from Party activists to supply material they can use in day-to-day contact with their local communities. It’s designed to help you answer critics, present Conservative policies, and attract new members. The new publication will carry news from the constituencies, show how they are succeeding with Impact 80’s and other important efforts. It will be a forum for your views, and give you a chance to say what you think about the Party, its policies and personalities.’

Conservative Newsline quickly increased in size from 8 pages to 12 and then to 16, still in broadsheet format. The masthead changed slightly in February 1983 to take account of the new Party logo which had been launched at the 1982 Party Conference. From October 1986 it became Conservative News Line and photographs were printed in colour for the first time. The masthead changed again from October 1989 when the Party logo was again revised, and the title returned to Conservative Newsline.

A note in the penultimate issue, No. 336 in November 1993, states, ‘As part of a wider review of the costs and effectiveness of Central Office’s publications, Newsline is to cease publication at the end of this year. It is intended that, subject to an assessment of continuing viability, the publications of Central Office will be amended in early 1994 to enhance the news service we provide to Constituencies and Party workers.’

PUB 124/4 Conservative Newsline Sep 1982-Dec 1983
PUB 124/5 Conservative Newsline 1984
PUB 125/1 Conservative Newsline 1985
PUB 125/2 Conservative Newsline

Comprises Jan.-Aug. and Oct.-Dec.

PUB 281 Special Conference editions of Conservative Newsline for distribution during the Party Conferences of the Liberal, SDP and Labour Party Conferences

Comprises Jan.-Aug. and Oct.-Dec.

Oct 1986
PUB 126/1 Conservative Newsline 1987
PUB 126/2 Conservative Newsline 1988
PUB 127/1 Conservative Newsline 1989
PUB 127/2 Conservative Newsline

Comprises Jan., Mar., May, June, July-Aug.

PUB 127/3 Conservative Newsline Dec. 1992
PUB 127/4 Conservative Newsline

Comprises Feb.-Dec.


     Conservative Heartland: The Conservative Party Magazine, 2001-2002

PUB 98/39 Heartland: The Conservative Party Magazine (Issue 2 for each year) 2001-2002

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