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Table of Contents

Introduction
Guides to local elections for Party workers and candidates, 1938-2007
    A Guide to Local Government Elections in England and Wales 1964-1989
    Conservative Central Office guidance pamphlets on the working of local government, 1961-1964
Campaign literature: local elections (excluding LCC and GLC), 1945-2009
    Local Government Campaign Notes, 1949-1966
    Campaign Guide, 1945-1972
Campaign literature: LCC and GLC elections, 1937-1978
    London Municpal Society 1914-1963
         The Ratepayer, 1936-8
         The Londoner, 1948-63
Campaign literature: London Mayoralty elections, 2004
Campaign literature: individual wards, counties and boroughs, 1908-1970


Published Material: Conservative Party local election publications, 1908-2009

Abstract:
Party publications: Conservative Party pamphlets, newsletters and campaign literature produced as part of local government election campaigns, 1908-2009. For newsletters and other publications relating to local government generally, outside of elections, see PUB M.

Shelfmarks: PUB K

Extent:

Restrictions on Access

Available for research.

Preferred Form of Citation

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

Corporate names (NCA Rules)

Bow Group
Conservative Party | Central Committee on Post-War Problems
Conservative Party | Centre for Policy Studies
Conservative Party | Conservative Central Office
Conservative Party | Conservative Poltitical Centre
Conservative Party | Conservative Research Department
Conservative Party | National Society for Conservative Agents
Conservative Party | National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations
Monday Club



Guides to local elections for Party workers and candidates, 1938-2007

This section includes publications produced by the Local Government Department at Conservative Central Office which were intended as a source of reference for local agents and candidates on the key aspects of Election Law and the practical aspects of running an election campaign.

PUB 249/2 A Guide to Local Government Elections in England and Wales excluding London 1938
PUB 99/3 Guidelines for Good Local Government c. 1960
PUB 99/7 New to Local Government? A local government pack published by the Local Government Department Oct. 1988
PUB 273 1989 Local Government Elections Memorandum: guidance issued by the Local Government Department, Conservative Central Office on the conduct of the election campaign with regard to Election Law

Comprises:-

  • 1989 Local Government Elections Memorandum No. 2: 02/02/1989
  • 1989 Local Government Elections Memorandum No. 5: 20/04/1989
  • 1989 Local Government Elections Memorandum No. 6: 27/04/1989

Apr 1989
PUB 99/10 Standing for your Council: A Guide for Conservative Party Workers Dec. 1990
PUB 99/11 Local Government Elections in England and Wales: Vol. 1 - 'New to Local Government' c. 1990
PUB 99/12 Local Government Elections in England and Wales: Vol. 2 - Election Organisation and Law Jan. 1991
PUB 236/3 So you want to become a Conservative Councillor? An introductory guide for those interested in standing for their local council 2002
PUB 236/4 A Post-Local Election Guide for Group Leaders c. 2003
PUB 236/5 How to Win Local Elections Oct. 2005
PUB 236/6 A Post-Local Elections Guide for Conservative Group Leaders May 2006
PUB 236/7 A Post-Local Elections Guide for Conservative Group Leaders 2007

    A Guide to Local Government Elections in England and Wales 1964-1989

PUB 249/4 A Guide to Local Government Elections in England and Wales 1964
PUB 249/6 Guide to Local Government Elections in England & Wales 1973
PUB 249/7 Guide to Local Government Elections in England & Wales 1975
PUB 249/8 Guide to Local Government Elections in England & Wales 1982
PUB 249/9 Guide to Local Government Elections in England & Wales 1985
PUB 249/11 Guide to Local Government Elections in England & Wales 1987
PUB 249/10 Guide to Local Government Elections in England and Wales 1989

    Conservative Central Office guidance pamphlets on the working of local government, 1961-1964

PUB 99/1 Local Government Series No. 3: Valuation Reform, by Geoffrey Ripon (CCO) c. 1948
PUB 99/2 Local Government Series No. 4: Rating of Site Values, by Geoffrey Ripon (CCO) c. 1948
PUB 99/4 Local Government Series Nos. 1-12

Comprises:

  • 1. The Work of Local Government
  • 2. Local Government Reviews
  • 3. The Finance of Local Government
  • 4. The Rating of Site Values
  • 5. Services for the Elderly
  • 6. Services for Children
  • 7. Party Politics in Local Government
  • 8. Rating Revaluation
  • 9. The Education Service
  • 10. Civil Defence
  • 11. Greater London Government
  • 12. Local Authority Housing
1961-1964




Campaign literature: local elections (excluding LCC and GLC), 1945-2009

PUB 292 Local Government elections pack intended for the County Council Election on 7th May 1981

Comprises:-

  • Sample leaflets produced by Central Office, with order form
  • County Council Election brief, produced by the Local Government Department, Conservative Central Office ND
  • Accompanying letter of recommendation from Party Chairman Lord Thorneycroft, 08/01/1981

Dec 1980-Jan 1981
PUB 283 Briefing packs for the County Council Elections, 2nd May 1985

Comprises:-

  • Briefing Pack 4: Special Issues
  • Briefing Pack 5: The Labour Party

1985
PUB 282 Briefing packs for the Regional Council Elections, 8th May 1986

Comprises:-

  • Briefing Pack 1: Social Services Q & A
  • Briefing Pack 2: The Budget
  • Briefing Pack 3: Education
  • Briefing Pack 4: Housing

1986
PUB 293 Candidates' Briefing Pack for the District Council Elections, 7th May 1987

Comprises:-

  • Briefing for Candidates... Labour's Programme for Local Government
  • Briefing for Candidates... Education
  • Briefing for Candidates... Law and Order
  • Briefing for Candidates... National Health Service
  • Briefing for Candidates... Social Security
  • Briefing for Candidates... Housing Achievements
  • Briefing Pack: National Health Service
  • Briefing Pack: Housing
  • Briefing Pack: The SDP and Liberals in Local Government
  • Briefing Pack: Local Government Finance
  • Briefing Pack: Agriculture and Environment
  • Briefing Pack: Bus Deregulation
  • Briefing Pack: Community Charge - attacks answered
  • Briefing Pack: Education
  • Briefing Pack: Labour's Programme for Local Government
  • Briefing Pack: Law and Order
  • Briefing Pack: Social Security

Mar 1987
PUB 298 The Next Move Forward, Locally:Artwork pack containing templates and sample leaflets and posters produced by Conservative Central Office for the District Elections on 7th May 1987, for local distribution Nov 1987
PUB 300 Candidates' Briefing Pack for the District Council Elections, 5th May 1988

Comprises:-

  • Briefing for Candidates... Labour and Local Government
  • Briefing for Candidates... Abolishing the Rates
  • Briefing for Candidates... SLD/ADP and Local Government
  • Briefing for Candidates... Key Points on Social Security
  • Briefing for Candidates... Law and Order
  • Briefing Pack: Taking Action on Social Security
  • Briefing Pack: Taking Action on Law and Order
  • Briefing Pack: Taking Action on Housing
  • Briefing Pack: Taking Action on Competitive Tendering
  • Briefing Pack: Taking Action on Health and Personal Social Services
  • Action: Housing Bill Campaign Pack
  • Action: Community Charge Campaign Pack
  • Community Charge Briefing Pack [2nd edition]

1988
PUB 301 Take Action Locally: District Elections 5th May 1988: Artwork pack for the 1988 local elections, issued by Rogert Boaden, Head of Local Government Department 1988
PUB 305 1989 local elections' material

Comprises:-

  • Local Government By-Election News:-
    • 18/05/1989
    • 25/05/1989
  • County Campaign Supplement: leaflet artwork for local use

1989
PUB 250/1 County Council Campaign Briefing: England & Wales 1989
PUB 250/2 County Campaign Pack: England & Wales 1989
PUB 250/3 Leading Local Government in to the 1990s c. 1989
PUB 272 County Campaigner: newsletter for Conservative Candidates pubished for the duration of the 1989 local elections campaign by the Local Government Department, Conservative Central Office

[Comprises:-

  • No. 1: Education
  • No. 2: The 1989 Budget
  • No. 3: The Community Charge
  • No. 4: Transport
  • No. 5: Planning and Environment
issues 1-5]

Mar-Apr 1989
PUB 99/8 Failing in the Community: An examination of Labour's and the SLD's record in Local Government c. 1990
PUB 99/9 Community Charge: The Fair Way to pay for Local Government Apr. 1990
PUB 99/13 Urban Policy: The Local Authority Role, A Report to the National Local Government Committee Jan. 1991
PUB 250/4 Local Government Elections: Policy Briefing c. 1991
PUB 250/13 Conservative Councils Cost You Less: County Council Elections 1993
PUB 250/5 Making Councils Work for You: Local Government Election Brief 1994
PUB 99/14 Local Government: The Conservative Approach Oct. 1996
PUB 250/6 Local Conservatives. Local Issues. Local Action (Local Election Manifesto) c. 1999
PUB 250/7 Making Life Better (Local Election Manifesto) c. 2002
PUB 250/8 Local Conservatives: Local Issues, Local Action (Local Election Manifesto) c. 2003
PUB 250/9 Local Conservatives deliver better services and lower taxes (Local Election Manifesto) [2004]
PUB 250/10 Local Election Template Pack 2004
PUB 250/11 Campaign Pack (including Manifesto) 2005
PUB 250/12 How Conservative Councils Are Helping in the Recession (Local Election Manifesto) 2009

    Local Government Campaign Notes, 1949-1966

PUB 247/1 Local Government Campaign Notes, Nos. 1-12 (with index) 1949
PUB 247/2 Local Government Campaign Notes, Nos. 1-3 and 1-5 1950-1951
PUB 247/3 Local Government Campaign Notes, Nos. 1-12 (with index) 1952
PUB 247/4 Local Government Campaign Notes, Nos. 1-7 and 1-11 (with index) 1953-1954
PUB 247/5 Local Government Campaign Notes, Nos. 1-9, 1-6, 1-5, 1-8 and 1-6 1955-1959
PUB 247/6 Local Government Campaign Notes, Nos. 1-6 and 1-6 1960-1964
PUB 247/7 Local Government Campaign Notes, Nos. 1-4 and 1-2 1965-1966

    Campaign Guide, 1945-1972

These were volumes prepared prior to each local election campaign by the Conservative Research Department, similar to those which had been prepared back to 1885 prior to general election campaigns. Each volume provided a detailed compendium of facts and figures with which to rebut Opposition statements and defend the Conservatives' record when in Government. Although not always carrying the formal title Campaign Guide (several titles such as Your Local Government Questions Answered and Local Elections "Q & A" were used at different times) each volume followed the same basic format and was indexed.

PUB 248/1 Your Local Government Questions Answered

Bound volume containing 7 editions:-

  • 1st edition: Oct 1945 [61pp; indexed]
  • 2nd edition; ND [c.Feb 1946] [65pp; indexed]
  • 3rd edition: ND [c.Autumn 1946] [75pp; indexed]
  • 4th edition: Oct 1947 [74pp; indexed]
  • 5th edition: Feb 1949 [84pp; indexed]
  • 6th edition: Apr 1950 [118pp; indexed]
  • 7th edition: Feb 1952 [128pp; indexed]

1945-1952
PUB 249/1 Your Local Government Questions Answered

Bound together with the following publications:-

  • Labour Party: Local Government Handbook, 1945-46 [80pp; indexed]
  • London Municipal Society: Local Government Elections (1945): A Handbook for Candidates, Speakers and Workers [72pp; indexed]
  • Pamphlet, Your Town Hall, by Enid Swire and Gordon Schaffer, Co-Operative Party, 1945 [16pp]
  • Pamphlet, The Citizen of Birmingham Oct...1945, Birmingham Unionist Association, 1945 [18pp]
Oct 1945
PUB 249/3 Campaign Guides

Bound volume containing the following:-

  • Local Elections 1953: Facts and Figures, Feb 1953 [179pp]
  • Local Elections 1954: A Handy Guide, Feb 1954 [180pp]
  • Local Elections 1955: A Handy Guide, Feb 1955 [205pp]

1953-1955
PUB 248/2 Local Elections "Q & A"

Bound volumes containing separate publications of the same name for:-

  • 1956
  • 1957
  • 1958

1956-1958
PUB 248/3 Local Elections "Q & A"

Bound volumes containing separate publications of the same name for:-

  • 1959
  • 1960
  • 1961

1959-1961
PUB 248/4 Local Elections "Q & A"

Bound volumes containing separate publications of the same name for:-

  • 1962
  • 1963
  • 1964

1962-1964
PUB 248/5 Local Elections "Q & A"

Also contains:

  • Guidelines for good Local Government, 1967 Manifesto
  • Local Government Elections 1967: Campaign Guide
1965
PUB 249/5 Campaign Guide for the local elections

Bound volume containing the Campaign Guide for:-

  • 1968
  • 1969
  • 1970
Also includes:-
  • Report to London, ND [c. 1970] (duplicate of PUB 138/5)
  • Towards a Greater London, the Conservative manifesto for the GLC elections, 1970

Also includes and

1968-1970
PUB 248/6 Questions & Answers: Local Government Elections 1972




Campaign literature: LCC and GLC elections, 1937-1978

PUB 189/28 Notes for Speakers & Workers: London County Council elections 1937
PUB 138/2 Greater London Election notes

Comprises:

  • Advance with a Conservative Greater London: A Guide to the issues of the election Campaign
  • Campaign Notes, London Government Elections (Nos. 1-17)

Note: Local Government Conference Handbooks now located at CCO 130/2/1a

1964
PUB 138/3 Time for change in Greater London (CCO Pamphlet)

Note: Focus on Local Government now located at PUB 99/5

Sept. 1966
PUB 138/4 Greater London Council Elections 1967: Campaign Guide

Note: Local Government Series (Nos. 1-12) now located at PUB 99/4

1967
PUB 138/5 Report to London (CCO pamphlet) c. 1970
PUB 138/6 The GLC in the environment c. 1970
PUB 138/7 Making a Greater London: Conservative Manifesto for the GLC election 1973
PUB 138/8 Guide to London Government ... for new candidates, Rev. edition Sept. 1975
PUB 138/9 London's Future in Your Hands (CCO leaflet for GLC election) 1977
PUB 138/10 A message to London's voters from Horace Cutler, O.B.E. [1977]
PUB 138/11 Towards a sound future: Campaign '78 1978

    London Municpal Society 1914-1963

Related Material: [For LMS pamphlet, Local Government Elections (1945): A Handbook for Candidates, Speakers and Workers [72pp; indexed], see shelfmark: PUB 249/1, above]

PUB 190/2 London Municipal Notes, Vol. 19 (New Series): Nos. 107-125 July 1914-Sept. 1918
PUB 138/14 Notes for Canvassers: Borough Council Elections, Nos. 1-9 [London Municipal Society] 1945
PUB 138/1 London County Council Guides

Comprising:

  • Campaign Guide, 1952
  • Campaign Notes, 1955
  • Notes for Candidates, 1958
  • Fight for London! A guide to the issues of the campaign, 1961
1952-61

         The Ratepayer, 1936-8

PUB 191/1 The Ratepayer - Index for 1936; Nos. 118-128 Jan.-Dec. 1936
PUB 191/2 The Ratepayer - Index for 1937; Nos. 129-139 Jan.-Nov. 1937
PUB 191/3 The Ratepayer - Index for 1938; Nos. 141-152 Jan.-Dec. 1938

         The Londoner, 1948-63

PUB 192/1 The Londoner, Nos. 190-201 July 1948-Oct. 1949
PUB 192/2 The Londoner, Index 1950-1951; Nos. 202-208 Jan. 1950-Oct. 1951
PUB 192/3 The Londoner, Index Nos. 208-215(1952-1953); Nos. 209-215 Mar. 1952-Oct. 1953
PUB 192/4 The Londoner, Index for Nos. 216-219(1954); Nos. 216-223 Jan. 1954-Oct. 1955
PUB 192/5 The Londoner, Index Nos. 224-228(1956); Nos. 224-231 Jan. 1956-Oct. 1957
PUB 192/6 The Londoner, Nos. 232-238 Jan. 1958-Oct. 1959
PUB 192/7 The Londoner, Nos. 239-258

Also includes London Pictorial Vol. 1 Nos. 1-6, Apr. 1960-Mar./Apr. 1961

Jan. 1960-Dec. 1961
PUB 192/8 The Londoner, Nos. 259-275 Jan. 1962-Oct. 1963




Campaign literature: London Mayoralty elections, 2004

PUB 138/12 Campaign for Mayor of London leaflet 2004
PUB 138/13 Manifesto of Steve Norris, Conservative Candidate for Mayor of London - A safer London. It can be done. 2004




Campaign literature: individual wards, counties and boroughs, 1908-1970

Related Material: [For pamphlet, The Citizen of Birmingham Oct...1945, Birmingham Unionist Association, 1945 [18pp], see above, shelfmark: PUB 249/1]

PUB 138a/1 Nottingham Municipal Election, Bridge Ward (poster for A.R. Atkey) 1908
PUB 138a/5 Municipal Election Notes

Includes:-

  • Nos. 1-2, Oct 1945
  • Nos. 1-5, Feb-Mar 1946
  • Nos. 1-4, Oct 1946
  • Nos. 1-3, 1947

1945-1947
PUB 138a/2 Vote for C.H. Butler (Guildford Borough Council Election, Onslow Ward) 1949
PUB 138a/3 Leigh on Sea: David Atkinson flyers (2) [1968]
PUB 138a/4 Leigh Views: Leigh Ward Conservatives Magazine 1968-1970



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