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Table of Contents

Introduction
Women, 1920-1985
    Home and Politics, Sep 1920-Apr 1929
    Woman of To-Day and To-Morrow (The paper every woman should read), 1929
    Home Truths, May 1949-Mar 1951
    Madam Chairman, Oct 1957-Apr 1985
    Right Approach, Autumn 1961-Autumn 1962
    European Union of Women, British Section: Annual Newsletter, 1987
Trade Unionists, 1947-1989
    Bulletin, c.1947-1966
    Industrial Outlook, 1960-1975
    News for Trade Unionists, 1980-1989
Local Councillors, 1948-2010
     The Councillor, Jun 1948-Summer 1972
    Focus on Local Government, Autumn 1972-Winter 1974
    Local Government Bulletin, 1967-1970; 1974
    Local Government Brief, Mar 1976-Nov 1988
    Centre Forward, Oct 1977-Jul 1978
    Townhall Topics, Aug 1986-Nov 1987
    Conservative Councillor - Local Government Briefing, Dec 1989-Summer 1992
     Input, magazine of the Conservative Councillors' Association, 2002-2012
MPs and Parliamentary Candidates, 1947-1997
     Weekend Talking Point, Jul 1947-Dec 1973
     Pocket Politics, 1952-1967
     Briefing Note, 1974-1984
     Key Points, Jun 1982-Apr 1983
     Talking Politics, Nov 1984-1996
     Members' Brief, Nov. 1984-Mar 1996
     CRD Brief, Mar 1996-Jul 1997
Speakers/Canvassers, 1925-1997
    Hints for Speakers, Jan 1925-Aug 1939
    Notes for Conservative Canvassers and Workers, May 1933-May 1940
    Points for Propaganda, Aug 1936-Jul 1939
    Speakers' Notes, 1942-1943
    Notes on Current Politics, 1944-1975
    Politics Today, 1975-1997
     Memoranda to Speakers, Aug 1948-Sep 1951
    The Conservative Approach, Nov 1948-Sep 1951
    Constituency News Service, 1989
Teachers, 1947-1972
    The Right Angle - the journal of the Conservative and Unionist Teachers' Association, Jun 1948-Winter 1953
    Conservative Teacher, Autumn 1953-Winter 1963
    Education: Today and Tomorrow, 1964-1965
    Focus on Education, 1965-1972
Conservative Associations, 1946-1989
    Constituency Finance and Fundraising, 1946-1950; 1976-1989
        Finance Bulletin: How to Raise Funds, c.1946-1950
        Money Maker, Jan 1976-c1980
        Money Matters, Summer 1980-Dec 1989
        Ad hoc fundraising publications, 1985-1989
    Membership and Recruitment, 1976-1989
        Campaign News, 1976
        Ad hoc membership publications, 1976-1989
    Campaigning and Tactical Support from Conservative Central Office, 1980-1989
        Contact, 1988
        Ad hoc Campaigning and Tactical publications, 1980-1989
    Newsletters and magazines of local Conservative associations
Agents, 1892-1897; 1902-1997
     The Tory, 1892-1897
     Conservative Agents' Journal, 1902-1997
     Fellowship of Former Conservative Agents, 1999-2003
Small Businesses, 1976-1989
    Small Business - The Newsletter of the Small Business Bureau, 1976-1989
    Small Business Ministers Newsletter, 1980-1981
    Women into Business, 1988-1989
    Other Small Business Bureau publications, 1980
Youth, 1921-1986
    Junior Imperial League, 1921-1939
        Junior Imperial League Gazette, 1921-1924
        The Imp: the Journal of the Junior Imperial & Constitutional League, [1925]-1929
        The Imp - The Official Reminder of the Junior Imperial League, 1932-1936
        Torchbearer, Jan 1936-Jul 1939
    Young Britons' Organisation, 1926-1965
        Young Britons News, 1950-1963
    Young Conservatives, 1946-1986
        Advance, 1946-1953
        Rightway, 1953-1958
        Impact, 1964-1969
        Tomorrow, 1970-1986
Students, 1948-1952
    Federation of University Conservative & Unionist Associations, [1930]-1952
        Young Statesman, [ ?]-Oct 1946
        Comment, 1948-1952
    Individual University Conservative Associations
        Oxford University Conservative Association
            Oxford Tory, [1949-1952]
Graduates, 1974-1993
    National Association of Conservative Graduates, [1948]-1993
        Tory Graduate, 1974-[1980]
        Commentary - Journal of the National Association of Conservative Graduates, [1980]-1993
    Combined English Universities Conservative Associations, [1934]-c1961
        [The Rostrum: VACANT]
Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, 1948-1965
    A Monthly Survey of Foreign Affairs,[1948]-1965
    A Monthly Survey of Commonwealth and Colonial Affairs, [1948]-1965
     Overseas Review and Overseas Review, 1965-1975
    [Empire Magazine: VACANT]
European Affairs, 1986
    European Conservative Group, 1973-1979
        European Conservative, 1978-1984
    European Democratic Group, 1979-1992
        Talking Europe, 1986-[ ]
        European Conservative Brief, 1983-1988
Conservative Political Centre (local policy discussion groups), 1946-1989
    Newsletters, 1949-1981
         Objective - the Quarterly Newsletter of the C.P.C., 1949-1957
        CPC Monthly Report, 1965-1975
        CPC News-Link, 1978-1981
    Discussion briefs for local CPC policy discussion groups, 1946-1989
         Topic for To-day, 1946-1947; 1949-1951
        What do you think? series Discussion Briefs, 1946-1950
        Inside Industry, 1948-1950
        What we think series, 1948-1949
        CPC Discussion Series, 1951-1953
         Two-Way Topic, 1956-1964
        Ten-Minute Topic, 1960-1964
        Two-Way Movement: Questions for discussion on the future policy of the Conservative Party, 1965-1966
        Three-Way Contact Programme: Master Brief, 1966-1970
        Contact Brief, 1970-1989
Conservative Policy Forum (local policy discussion groups), 1999-[ ]
    Newsletters, 2002
         Real Solutions to Real Problems, 2002-2005
    Discussion briefs for local CPF policy discussion groups, 1999-[ ]
Information Technology, 1985-1986
    Conservative Computer Forum, [c1980s]
        Micro News, [1984]-[1989]
Health, 1988-2001
    Conservative Medical Society, [1980s]-2011
        CMS Bulletin - The Newsletter of the Conservative Medical Society, [c.1986]-2001
        CMS European Bulletin, 1994
        Ad hoc papers of the Conservative Medical Society, 1999
Other Political Parties, briefing on, 1965-1990
    What they are saying, 1965-1971
    Insight on Labour - briefing by Conservative Research Department, 1982; 1987
    Insight on SDP and Liberals - briefing by Conservative Research Department, 1982; 1987
    Behind the Mask - The Social Democrats: Background Briefing on the SDP, 1982
    Labour Briefing, 1987-1990
    Alliance Briefing, 1987
     Let Down By Labour series, 2004


Published Material: Conservative Party sectional-interest newsletters, journals and periodicals, 1892-2012

Abstract:
Included within this section are newsletters, magazines and periodicals intended for specific groups within the Conservative Party, such as women, trade unionists, and students, or which dealt with a specific subject or policy area such as health, education, and information technology. They were primarily produced by the responsible department within Conservative Central Office in conjunction with the respective Advisory Committee of the National Union (and, after the 1998 reorganisation, organisations officially recognised as being affiliated to the Conservative Party, such as the Conservative Councillors' Association).

Shelfmarks: PUB M

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)

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



Women, 1920-1985

    Home and Politics, Sep 1920-Apr 1929

This was the first publication of the Central Women's Advisory Committee on behalf of the Party's Women's Organisation. From May 1921 it incorporated much of the Party's new monthly magazine The Popular View (for details of holdings, see listing for The Popular View in the separate catalogue of Party-wide newsletters and magazines).

Home and Politics appears to have been wound up in April 1929, at the same time as the Man in the Street. It is possible that both publications were combined into a new magazine, first published in 1930, Home and Empire, but little is known of this publication and no copies survive in the Conservative Party Archive.

    Woman of To-Day and To-Morrow (The paper every woman should read), 1929

No details are known about this publication, and the single surviving issue was donated to the Conservative Party Archive from a private source rather than Conservative Central Office. It is likely that it was produced for the duration of the 1929 General Election campaign only.

PUB 254/1 Vol. 1, No. 1 ND [c. 1929]

    Home Truths, May 1949-Mar 1951

Home Truths was published by Conservative Central Office from at least May 1949, either monthly or bi-monthly. Its format was a small, single folded sheet consisting of regular items ‘Pam Peggotty’s Diary’ featuring an imaginary house-wife’s daily chores interspersed with political anecdote, and ‘Notes for Housewives’ raising points of concern for housewives at Labour policies. The format changed from c.June 1950 when a slightly larger sized publication was produced. ‘Pam Peggotty’s Diary’ was replaced by a regular cartoon strip on the cover. A ‘new series’ began in January 1951 which contained 8 pages per issue.

PUB 146/1 Home Truths

Note: [Missing issues: June 1949; Jan-May 1950; Aug 1950]

May 1949-Mar. 1951

    Madam Chairman, Oct 1957-Apr 1985

Madam Chairman took the form of a letter written to 'Dear Madam Chairman', written by the Vice-Chairman of the Women's Organisation at Conservative Central Office. It was first published in October 1957: ‘During the Winter months I am going to send you a copy of this leaflet. I hope it will always arrive on the first Tuesday. The idea is to give you the kind of information that will help you to exercise your full powers of leadership in keeping our women’s organisations informed, efficient and happy. The leaflet will contain a few facts on some current political problem; a guide as to where you can get further information on this or any other political subject; and, occasionally, suggestions for branch programmes’. From 24th November 1969 Madam Chairman takes the form of an actual handwritten letter which has been reproduced. From December 1975 this became typescript again.

PUB 136/1 Madam Chairman Oct. 1957-Apr 1985

    Right Approach, Autumn 1961-Autumn 1962

Right Approach, a 32-page magazine, was first published in Autumn 1961. The foreword to the first edition by RA Butler, Party Chairman states: ‘I am glad to send my best wishes for this new venture, which I am sure will take a high place among our Party publications. We owe a great debt to Conservative women all over the country who do so much of the hard work involved in running a Party organisation. It is only fitting that you should have your own means of expression in this magazine.’

The editorial introducing the first edition states that, ‘Over the past four years Dame Barbara Brooke’s short letter Madam Chairman has proved an effective channel of communication with Chairmen of Constituency Women’s Advisory Committees. There have been many requests for a wider distribution. Now to mark the tenth birthday of our Conservative Government we have produced this magazine as a bumper Madam Chairman letter with wider content and circulation….Right Approach is avowedly political – but not we hope too solemnly or too narrowly so. Our subject matter ranges from the United Nations in New York to the historic House of Lords in Westminster, from telephones to television, from the Prime Minister at home to the backroom boy at work. While even non-political platform-sitters may acquire a tip or two from Haro’s wickedly accurate cartoons of the pitfalls of public life…’

Only two issues appear to have been published.

PUB 147/1 Right Approach Autumn 1961-Autumn 1962

    European Union of Women, British Section: Annual Newsletter, 1987

The Conservative Party was involved with the European Union of Women from its inception. In 1972, the British Section became an integral part of the Party organisation. The Executive Committee of the British Section was recognised as a specialist committee of the Women's National Advisory Committee and was formally known as the 'European (British Section EUW) Committee of the WNAC', and the Chairman of the British Section acted as Vice Chairman (Europe) of the WNAC.

PUB 308 Annual Newsletter 1987




Trade Unionists, 1947-1989

Magazines and newsletters published for Conservative Trade Unionists and local trade unionists organisers by the Labour Department at Conservative Central Office (from 1963 the Industrial Department, and from 1975, the Trade Union Department) in conjunction with the Trade Unionists' National Advisory Committee, 1947-1989

    Bulletin, c.1947-1966

The Bulletin was a monthly typescript report usually consisting of 8 pages of foolscap, issued by the Labour Department within Conservative Central Office (from 1953, the Industrial Department) and it was aimed at Conservative trade unionists and local constituency trade union organisations. It began publishing in about 1947, but no issues survive prior to 1949 and after this date survival remains patchy. From February 1960 the format altered slightly to approximately A5 in size, folded, and was printed. from Jan 1961 it was renamed the Monthly Bulletin for Conservative Trade Unionists, and the sub-heading 'For Divisional Councils of Trade Unionists' was removed.

PUB 251/1 Bulletin, Nos. 27-64

The following issues are missing:-

  • Nos.31-32: Nov-Dec 1949
  • Nos. 37-38: Jul-Aug 1950
  • No. 57: May 1952

Jul 1949-Dec 1952
PUB 251/2 Bulletin, Nos. 65-159 (and unnumbered issues after 1961)

The following issues are missing:-

  • No. 68: Apr 1953
  • No. 74: Oct 1953
  • Nos. 78-98: Feb 1954-Dec 1955
  • Nos. 100-101: Feb-Mar 1956
  • Nos. 105-105: Aug-Sep 1956
  • Nos. 109-124: Dec 1956-Mar 1958
  • Nos. 139-142: Jul-Nov 1959
  • Nos. 146-155: Apr 1960-Feb 1961
  • No. 157: Apr 1961
  • No. 159: Jun 1961
  • [Unnumbered] Apr-Oct 1963
  • [Unnumbered] Mar 1964
  • [Unnumbered] May-Jun 1964
  • [Unnumbered] Oct 1964
  • [Unnumbered] Aug 1965
  • [Unnumbered] Feb-Apr 1966

Note: [For a copy of the Monthly Bulletin for Conservative Trade Unionists for July/August 1971, see CCO 20/32/6]

Jan 1953-Nov 1956; Apr 1958-May 1966

    Industrial Outlook, 1960-1975

Industrial Outlook was first published July 1960 (Issue no.1). The editorial to its first issue states, ‘For some time there has been growing pressure on the Industrial Department to publish a news-sheet which would be, in form and function, something between this Department’s present Monthly Bulletin and the 'Industrial Note Book' in the Weekly News Letter. We hope Industrial Outlook, which will appear shortly after the end of each Parliamentary session, will fill the gap…In this new publication, as well as reporting on the main developments in Parliament, we shall publish articles on industrial and trade union matters, and shall provide information on the main union elections. We hope the articles will provoke discussion about the problems which face us in this age of change and challenge. We shall welcome our readers’ views….Industrial Outlook will be mainly for the ever-growing Conservative Trade Unionist Organisation; but it will also be for Conservatives generally and anyone else who may be interested.’

Industrial Outlook consisted of 8 pages. It was produced quarterly by Conservative Central Office. A large, 4-page format was adopted from 1970 (New Series, Vol. 1, No. 1). The last issue held dates from Jan 1975 (Vol 2, No. 12).

PUB 136/4 Industrial Outlook, No. 1-25 and New Issue Vol. 1(1)-Vol. 2(12)

The following issues are missing:-

  • No. 21: Feb 1967
  • No. 23: Oct 1967
  • No. 26: Oct 1968
  • No. 27: Feb 1969
  • No. 3: 1970
  • Nos. 5-6: 1971-2
  • Nos. 8-9: 1972-3

July 1960-Jan. 1975

    News for Trade Unionists, 1980-1989

The first issue of News for Trade Unionists held in the Conservative Party Archive dates from March 1980, but there is no indication as to when it was first published. It was published bi-monthly, by the Trade Union Department within Conservative Central Office, in a 4-page tabloid format. The format changed to 8-page A4, and quarterly, from Feb 1985: ‘This is the first issue of the new look News for Trade Unionists. We hope you will like the change of style.’

PUB 147/3 News for Trade Unionists

Comprises the following:-

  • Mar 1980
  • May 1980
  • Jul 1980
  • Sep 1980
  • Nov 1980
  • Apr 1981
  • Aug/Sep 1981
  • Oct/Nov 1981
  • Feb/Mar 1982
  • Jun/Jul 1982
  • Sep/Oct 1982
  • Jan 1983
  • May 1983
  • Sep/Oct 1983
  • Jan 1984
  • Apr 1984
  • Jun 1984
  • Oct 1984
  • Feb 1985
  • Jun 1985
  • Dec 1985
  • Apr 1986
  • Jul 1986
  • Nov 1986
  • Apr 1987
  • Feb 1988
  • Apr 1988
  • Jun 1988
  • Jan 1989
  • No. 2: 1989
  • No. 4: 1989

1980-9




Local Councillors, 1948-2010

     The Councillor, Jun 1948-Summer 1972

The Councillor was ‘The official local government journal of the Conservative & Unionist Party’. The foreword to the first issue, by Geoffrey Hutchinson, Chairman of the Conservative Local Government Advisory Committee, states: ‘This magazine, the first issue of which I welcome, is designed to fill a long felt want amongst Conservatives and others who serve on local councils or have ambitions to do so. The Councillor will not be primarily a propagandist publication. Its chief aim will be to record what is going on in local government, so that the individual councillor will be better equipped to take an intelligent and useful part in the work of his Council. We shall endeavour to avoid the technicality of the professional journals. But we shall, nevertheless, seek to present in simple and non-technical language as complete a picture of the complex and changing scene of local government as the existing paper restrictions will allow, bearing in mind that those who serve on the local councils have usually much to read, and that we must not unduly add to their burdens.’

There is a long gap in the series held in the Conservative Party Archive, from April 1953 (Vol. V, No.8) through to Spring 1960, which appears to have been the result of a break in production. Other series held in the Bodleian bookstack and at the British Library also contain the same gap in holdings, but no explanation is given for why production resumed, with a New Series, beginning at Volume 4.

In his foreword to the Spring 1960 edition (Vol. 4, No. 1 of a New Series), RA Butler, then Home Secretary and Conservative Party Chairman stated, ‘I am glad to learn that The Councillor is being revived, and I hope that it will become a permanent feature of the Party’s Local Government activities. The aim is educative as well as propagandist, for Local Government has to deal with a great variety of problems, some purely local and others with a national background, and it is not easy for our aldermen, councillors and workers in the field of local government to keep abreast of new developments. Central Office does, of course, issue a good deal of material on the subject, but The Councillor will be concerned exclusively with it.’

The Councillor was initially produced monthly, in a 16-page quarto size format, until April 1953. When it resumed publication in 1960, it became quarterly. But otherwise the format was unchanged.

Originally produced by Conservative Central Office, at least from the Winter 1970/1 edition, it was published by the Conservative Political Centre on behalf of the Local Government Department at Central Office. It ceased publication in the Summer of 1972 (Vol. 4, No. 44), and was superseded by Focus on Local Government from Autumn 1972.

PUB 194/1 Index; Vol. 1 No. 1-Vol. 2 No. 12 June 1948-July 1950
PUB 194/2 Index; Vol. 3 No. 1-Vol. 5 No. 8 Aug. 1951-Apr. 1953
PUB 194/3 Index (to Vols. 1-18); Vol. 4 Nos. 1-18 Spring 1960-Winter 1964
PUB 194/4 Vol. 4 Nos. 19-35 Spring 1965-Winter 1969
PUB 194/5 Vol. 4 Nos. 36-44 Spring 1970-Summer 1972

    Focus on Local Government, Autumn 1972-Winter 1974

Focus on Local Government was first published in Autumn 1972 (Vol. 1, No. 1) as a direct successor to The Councillor and Focus on Education: ’The official Local Government and Education journal of the Conservative and Unionist Party’, and included Education, Environment, Housing and Transport as the policy areas specifically covered.

In the foreword to its first edition, Peter Walker, Environment Secretary, states, ‘A warm welcome to the first edition of the magazine. It could not come at a more important time as far as local government is concerned. For next Spring the country will be involved in electing new Local Authorities following the first major reform of local government this century. It is vital that the Conservative Party carefully chooses the best possible candidates that are available so that we can see that the new Authorities get off to a fine start with vigorous leadership from the newly elected members.’ A further introductory message was given by Margaret Thatcher: ‘I welcome the new publication which will combine The Councillor and Focus on Education. The law makes special provision for statutory education committees, but we must remember that they form a part of the local authority’s work as a whole. The greater the co-operation we can achieve between education, social services, housing and other departments of local government, the better it will be for everyone in the community as a whole.’

Format was otherwise little changed from its predecessor The Councillor, and it continued as a quarterly publication.

Copies of Vol. 1, No’s 1-8 (1972-1974) are also held within the Bodleian bookstack, but no others, and it is assumed that this publication did not survive beyond 1974.

PUB 99/5 Focus on Local Government (Vol. 1, No. 1-8) Autumn 1972-Winter 1974

    Local Government Bulletin, 1967-1970; 1974

The Local Government Bulletin was a simple, 4-page, foolscap-format newsletter printed by the Local Government Department at Conservative Central Office, from July 1967 (Issue no.1). It was published irregularly, but usually at intervals of between one to three months.

The foreword to this first issue was written by Arthur Jones, Chairman of the National Advisory Committee on Local Government: ‘In carrying out the enormous responsibilities which have been placed on us, there is a great deal that we can do to help one another. The movement of ideas between all Conservatives involved in local government has a vital part to play in this process of mutual aid. That is why I welcome the publication of this “Local Government Bulletin”, which will appear regularly. It will provide a useful channel for distributing information about local government – schemes introduced by one local Conservative council which may be of interest to others, brief comments on the policies and actions of the Government, short analyses of the new ideas about local government which are continually being thrown up, outlines of the Party’s attitude to specific subjects. The scope of this publication must necessarily be limited. It will be a political information bulletin rather than an academic survey of events. Its objective must clearly be to make the job of Conservative Group Leaders, committee-Chairmen, and Councillors a little less onerous, and perhaps to provide them with new ideas and political ammunition.’

No copies of The Bulletin are held between October 1970 (No. 34) and June 1974 (No. 70).

PUB 145/1 Local Government Bulletin

Contains Nos. 1-2, 4, 6-11

1967-1968
PUB 145/2 The Bulletin: Local Government - Housing - Education

Contains Nos. 17-22, 25-34, 70

1969-1970, 1974

    Local Government Brief, Mar 1976-Nov 1988

From March 1976, Local Government Bulletin appears to have metamorphosed into Local Government Brief, retaining the same typescript format and was monthly in frequency. From issue no. 15 (November 1977) it was printed for the first time, but following issue no. 48 (April 1981) it reverted to a single, double-sided sheet of typescript A4: ‘This is the last issue of Local Government Brief which will appear in its present form. In future a simple typed news sheet will be sent to the Leader of the Conservative Group of each council in England and Wales, with the request that sufficient copies for every Conservative member of the Group be reproduced locally….We very much regret that we are obliged to do this, but, in common with others, Central Office must exercise maximum economy over expenditure. The present publication has become too expensive to maintain within our budget.’

No copies survive after issue no. 55 (April 1982) and it likely that the series was discontinued at that time. From December 1984 a new Briefs' service was begun with a new format. Publication was now prepared by the Conservative Research Department on behalf of the Local Government Department. The new Local Government Brief took the form of each entire issue being dedicated to a specific topic, such as water rates, local authority capital expenditure, etc, rather than being a newsletter, and came out as required, but not less than monthly. As part of this same series, briefs was also prepared in support of the local election campaign. These election briefs have been catalogued separately with other publications relating specifically to the local election campaigns [see PUB K].

From October 1988 a ‘New Series’ began, with a new format, but with the same purpose.

PUB 145/3 Local Government Brief

Nos. 1-55

1976-1982
PUB 145/4 Local Government Brief

Includes:-

  • No. 8: The Water Rate Issue, Feb 1985
  • No. 9: Local Authority Capital Expenditure, Mar 1985
  • No. 16: Local Government Expenditure 1986/7, Jul 1985
  • No. 23: Paying for Local Government, Jan 1986
  • No. 24: The Housing and Planning Bill, Feb 1986
  • No. 25: Privatisation of the Water Authorities, Feb 1986
  • No. 28: Education, Oct 1986
  • No. 29: Paying for Local Government - The Goverment's Response to Consultation, Dec 1986
  • No. 30: Rating Reform, Jun 1987
  • No. 31: Local Government Bill - Competition, Work, Contacts etc, Jun 1987
  • No. 32: Rate Support Grant Announcement 1988/89, Jul 1987
  • No. 36: Rate Support Grant Proposals for the 1988/9 Settlement, Nov 1987
  • No. 39: The Education Reform Bill: Keynote Briefs, Nov 1987
  • No. 40: Community Charge: Note on Transitional Arangements and the CBI and Business Rates, Nov 1987
  • No. 41: The 1987 Housing Bill, Nov 1987
  • No. 42: Paying for Local Government - Questions and Answers, Dec 1987
  • No. 43: The Local Government Finance Bill, Dec 1987
Nos. 8-9, 16, 36, 39-46-3

1985-1987
PUB 145/5 Local Government Brief (New Series)

Includes:-

  • No. 1: Bus De-regulation, Oct 1988
  • No. 2: Competitive Tendering, Nov 1988
  • No. 3: Rate Support Grant Proposals for the 1989/90 Settlement, Nov 1988
  • No. 4: Protecting the Environment, Nov 1988
  • No. 5: Housing, Nov 1988
  • No. 6: Rate Support Grant Settlement 1989/90, Dec 1988
  • No. 7: Competitive Tendering, Jan 1989
  • No. 8: Water, Jan 1989
  • No. 9: Local Government and Housing Bill implications for Council rents, Feb 1989
  • No. 9a: Local Government and Housing Bill, Feb 1989
  • No. 10: Business Rates - transitional arrangements, Feb 1989
  • No. 11: The Government's Housing Strategy, Mar 1989
  • No. 12: Tenants' Choice, May 1989
  • No. 13: The Water Bill, Mar 1989
  • No. 14: Community Charge Benefit, Jun 1989
  • No. 18: Planning and the Countryside, Oct 1989
  • No. 19: Changes to the Community Charge, Oct 1989
  • No. 20: The New Housing Revenue Account Subsidy, Nov 1989

1988-1989

    Centre Forward, Oct 1977-Jul 1978

Centre Forward was first published in October 1977 by the Local Government Department of Central Office, but with an Editorial Board consisting of academics, MPs and local councillors, as well as the Director of the Local Government Organisation at Central Office. Format: 48 pages, small, magazine-style. The new magazine was introduced with a foreword by Margaret Thatcher: ‘ I welcome this new magazine Centre Forward. I believe it will strengthen the links between those in Parliament and those serving in local government or on hospital or water authorities or other sections of public administration, by discussion of common problems. It will provoke thought on serious matters of concern in this country, and so make a real contribution to political debate today.’

The editorial to the first edition states that, ‘Our concern [is] with the “subordinate institutions” of government – a convenient shorthand term for the local authorities, the health authorities, the water boards, the nationalised industries and a large number of ad hoc bodies –arises from the considerable affect which they have on the daily lives of the great mass of the people of this country. The subordinate area is so vast and its connections with the national government so varied that central supervision is not a very effective means of protecting local or individual interests. Sometimes, too, the situation is made more difficult because the national government uses the subordinate bodies to further its own purposes. It is necessary, therefore, that we should subject these institutions and their services to careful and intelligent scrutiny and to use whatever opportunities we can to secure desirable improvements….Only in that way can we hope to increase our knowledge and understanding of the problems involved and be able to challenge accepted ideas and practices and to encourage thought and discussion about possible alternatives.’

Lady Young, Chairman of the Editorial Board and Vice-Chairman of the Party wrote, ‘It should interest all those involved in these matters, and at the same time enable them to contribute to the debate. The Conservative Party is fortunate at the present time in controlling many local authorities, and in having in Parliament members who have made clear their real interest and care for local government. The problems and their solution are vitally important not only for the Conservative Party, but for the country as a whole.’

PUB 99/6 Centre Forward

Includes:-

  • Issue no. 1: Oct 1977
  • Issue no. 2: Feb 1978
  • Issue no. 3: Jul 1978

1977-1978

    Townhall Topics, Aug 1986-Nov 1987

Townhall Topics was first published in August 1986, as a bi-monthly briefing for Conservative councillors. It was produced by the Local Government Department at Central Office, with a standard 4-page A4 format.

The very first issue contained the following: ‘This is the first “Trial Run” of Town Hall Topics. This is designed to become a regular publication mailed directly to individual Councillors in order to improve our level of communication within the Party. We intend this publication to provide important information on current issues affecting Local Government – Legislation, Government announcements and statements, Green and White Papers and so on. And, from time to time some political bullets for you to fire in debate, in letters, in In Touch newsletters.’

Only 5 issues appear to have been produced however, as no further copies are held beyond November 1987 (No. 5).

PUB 236/1 Townhall Topics (Issues 1-5) Aug. 1986-Nov. 1987

    Conservative Councillor - Local Government Briefing, Dec 1989-Summer 1992

Conservative Councillor - Local Government Briefing first appeared in December 1989, produced by the Local Government Department within Conservative Central Office in a 16-page, A4 magazine format with glossy cover. The foreword of the first edition stated, ‘Welcome to the first issue of our new Briefing for Conservative councillors. Conservative Councillor will be published quarterly and will combine articles from Ministers and leading councillors with essential briefing material. Regular features will include a legal column which will build up into a valuable reference for those involved in local government, and briefing by the Conservative Research Department, which in this issue covers the Local Government and Housing Act. Our aim in producing Conservative Councillor is to ensure that you, our councillors, receive briefing in a form which is both informative and interesting to read….’

PUB 236/2 Issues 1-10 1989-1992

     Input, magazine of the Conservative Councillors' Association, 2002-2012

The Conservative Councillors' Association was formed following the 1998 reorganisation of the Conservative Party, at which time much of the work hitherto carried out by departments of Conservative Central Office in conjunction with Advisory Committees of the National Union was transferred to semi-autonomous or independent groups. Such groups were required to be officially approved by the newly-created Conservative Party Board as being affiliated to the Conservative Party.

The Conservative Councillors' Association is an independently-run organisation managed by the Local Government Board, and exists to provide a strong and unified voice for all Conservative councillors within the Party and in the wider community. All elected Conservative Councillors are required to be members of the Conservative Councillors' Association. Council candidates, parish and town councillors, and other members of the Party with a strong local government connection are eligible to join as Associate Members.

Production of Input magazine began in c.2000, but only copies produced since 2002 are currently held in the Conservative Party Archive. Following a re-design and re-brand in May 2012, Input ceased publication and was replaced by a new A5-format magazine called cca.voice.

[PUB 232/1-5] [Vacant]
PUB 232/6 Issue 6 2002
PUB 232/7 Issue 7 2002
PUB 232/8 Issue 8 2003
PUB 232/9 Issue 9

Includes a Conservative Councillors' Association Peacetime Campaigning Templates CD

2003
PUB 232/10 Issue 10 2004
PUB 232/11 Issue 11 2004
[PUB 232/12] [Vacant]
PUB 232/13 Issue 13 2005
PUB 232/14 Issue 14 2005
PUB 232/15 Issue 15 2005
PUB 232/16 Issue 16 2005
PUB 232/17 Issue 17 2005
PUB 232/18 Issue 18 2006
PUB 232/19 Issue 19 2006
PUB 232/20 Issue 20 2006
PUB 232/21 Issue 21 2006
PUB 232/22 Issue 22 2007
PUB 232/23 Issue 23 2007
PUB 232/24 Issue 24 2007
PUB 232/25 Issue 25 2007
PUB 232/26 Issue 26 2008
PUB 232/27 Issue 27 2008
PUB 232/28 Issue 28 2008
PUB 232/29 Issue 29 2008
PUB 232/30 [Issue 30 - VACANT] 2009
PUB 232/31 Issue 31 2009
PUB 232/32 Issue 32 2009
PUB 232/33 Issue 33 2009
PUB 232/34 Issue 34 2010
PUB 232/35 Issue 35 2010
PUB 232/36 Issue 36 2010
PUB 232/37 Issue 37 2010




MPs and Parliamentary Candidates, 1947-1997

     Weekend Talking Point, Jul 1947-Dec 1973

Weekend Talking Point was first published on 17th July, 1947 as a simple, single- or double-sided typescript note on behalf of the Speakers’ Department at Conservative Central Office. The purpose of Weekend Talking Point was to make recommendations for Members and Parliamentary Candidates as to topical political stories from which they might benefit by introducing into their speeches over the ensuing weekend – ranging from matters currently before Parliament and propaganda points against the Opposition parties.

The Tactical Committee (alternatively known as the Tactical Staff Committee), was a committee composed partly of ministers/shadow ministers and partly of professional party staff which was set up at Conservative Central Office in c.1945, responsible for composing the Party's daily tactical response to the political battle and ensuring that day-to-day propaganda points arising in the newspapers and elsewhere were not overlooked. The lines of approach suggested in Weekend Talking Point were selected each week by the Tactical Committee until about September 1951. From December 1951, this function was taken up by the Liaison Committee, and from about February 1966, by the Policy Initiatives & Methods Committee.

Originally foolscap in format, from 21/04/1956 it was reduced to half-foolscap in size and in consequence expanded to approximately 3-4 pages of typescript. From 04/05/1957 its simple typescript was replaced with a new printed format. At least from 05/11/1960, if not earlier, the Conservative Research Department assumed responsibility for producing the Weekly Talking Point although it continued to be issued on behalf of Conservative Central Office.

At the end of each issue was also a bibliography of further reading on a particularly subject, usually making reference to other regular Party publications such as the Weekly News Letter, Notes on Current Politics and Pocket Politics.

Some files relating to Weekend Talking Point can be found in series CCO 4.

PUB 216/1 Nos. 1-162 & NS Nos.1-166 [Missing numbers 12,19,64-67,69,108: 1947-1951) 80(1952) Jul 1947-Apr 1956
PUB 216/2 Nos. 167-300 Apr 1956-Jan 1960
PUB 216/3 Nos. 301-443 Feb 1960-Nov 1963
PUB 216/4 Nos. 444-606 Jan 1964-Dec 1967
PUB 216/5 Nos. 607-757 Jan 1968-Dec 1971
PUB 216/6 Nos. 758-837 Jan 1972-Dec 1973
PUB 216/7 Supplements [out of sequence] Dec 1970-Dec 1973

     Pocket Politics, 1952-1967

Pocket Politics first appeared in February 1952, providing 'soundbites', facts and figures to support the Party activists, in a handy pocket-size format. It was produced monthly by the Conservative Research Department. From September 1953, rather than deal with the main topical issues of the day, each issue focussed on a specific policy area, and these are listed below.

PUB 309 Pocket Politics

Comprises the following:-

  • 1952:-
    • No. 1: Feb 1952
    • No. 2: Mar 1952
    • No. 3: Apr 1952
    • No. 4: May 1952
    • No. 5: Jun 1952
    • No. 6: Jul 1952
    • No. 7: Aug 1952
    • No. 8: Sep 1952
    • No. 9: Oct 1952
    • No. 10: Nov 1952
    • No. 11: Dec 1952
  • 1953:-
    • No. 1: Jan 1953
    • No. 2: Feb 1953
    • No. 3: Mar 1953
    • No. 4: Apr 1953
    • No. 5: May 1953
    • No. 6: Jun 1953
    • No. 7: Jul/Aug 1953
    • No. 8: Sep 1953: Foreign Affairs
    • No. 9: Oct 1953: Production: Key to the cost of living
    • No. 10: Nov 1953: The Party Reports
    • No. 11: Dec 1953: Spotlight on Rents
  • 1954:-
    • No. 1: Jan 1954: Foreign Affairs
    • No. 2: Feb 1954: Spotlight on Suez
    • No. 3: Mar 1954: Cost of Living
    • No. 4: Apr 1954: 1/2-time [i.e, 2.5 years in office]
    • No. 5: May 1954: Three Budgets
    • No. 6: Jun 1954: "Good-bye-ee!" Ration Book
    • No. 7: Jul/Aug 1954: Defence of the Free World
    • No. 8: Sep 1954: Blue Print for a Changing World
    • No. 9: Oct 1954: 3 Years: The record of the Conservative Government
    • No. 10: Nov 1954: Pocket Politics Examines two Conferences and Finds on the Right, Unity, On the Left, ???
    • No. 11: Dec 1954: Standard of Living
    • Unnumbered [ND]: Rents: A special study issued by Pocket Politics
  • 1955:-
    • No. 1: Jan 1955: Schools - Bigger and Better
    • No. 2: Feb 1955: Labour's New Policy: Shopping orders to the housewife
    • No. 3: Mar 1955: Do You Know?
    • No. 4: Apr 1955: 'The Only Way...to Conservative Victory at the Local Elections....
    • No. 5: May 1955: The Way Ahead
    • No. 6: Jun 1955: The Party of Youth and the Future
    • No. 7: Oct 1955: Truth About Wages and Prices
    • No. 8: Nov 1955: Commonsense on the Right. Nonsense from the Left. Pocket Politics sums up two Political Conferences
    • No. 9: Dec 1955: Drive on the Slums
  • 1956:-
    • No. 1: Jan 1956
    • No. 2: Feb 1956: Investment in Education
    • No. 3: Mar 1956: The Middle East
    • No. 4: Apr 1956: Local Government
    • No. 5: May 1956: The Budget
    • No. 6: Jun 1956: 1 Year's Work
    • No. 7: Jul/Aug 1956: British Agriculture
    • No. 8: Sep 1956: Automation
    • No. 9: Oct 1956: Going Right Ahead: This is OUR Party
    • No. 10: Nov 1956: The RIGHT Way, and those who are LEFT
    • No. 11: Dec 1956: Rents
    • Unnumbered [ND]: Rents: A special study issued by Pocket Politics
  • 1957:-
    • No. 1: Jan 1957: Insuring Your Health
    • No. 2: Feb 1957: Set Fair for Agriculture
    • No. 3: Mar 1957: Housing: the alternatives
    • No. 4: Apr 1957: New Look in Local Government
    • No. 5: May 1957: The Budget
    • No. 6: Jun 1957: Free Trade with Western Europe
    • No. 7: Jul/Aug 1957: The Conservatives and Education
    • No. 8: Sep 1957: Blueprint for Disaster
    • No. 9: Oct 1957: Jobs and Wages
    • No. 10: Nov 1957: Sense and Nonsense from Brighton
    • No. 11: Dec 1957: Fight against Inflation
  • 1958:-
    • No. 1: Jan 1958: Pensions and Benefits
    • No. 2: Feb 1958: The Search for Peace
    • No. 3: Mar 1958: Wise Spending in Local Government
    • No. 4: Apr 1958: Six Years' Work
    • No. 5: May 1958: The Budget
    • No. 6: Jun 1958: What of the Liberals?
    • No. 7: Jul/Aug 1958: International Trade
    • No. 8 [VACANT; presumably due to mis-numbering of sequence]
    • No. 9: Sep 1958: Seven Years' Work
    • No. 10: Oct 1958: Steps to Prosperity
    • No. 11: Nov 1958: Conference Contrasts
    • No. 12: Dec 1958: Pensions
  • 1959:-
    • No. 1: Jan 1959: More Nationalisation?
    • No. 2: Feb 1959: Proud Record
    • No. 3: Mar 1959: Labour's Bogus Prospectus
    • No. 4: Apr 1959: Local Government Matters
    • No. 5: May 1959: Prosperity Budget
    • No. 6: Jun 1959: Young Voters
    • No. 7: Jul 1959: Men at Work
    • No. 8: Aug 1959: Good for Education
    • No. 9: Sep 1959: Faceless Men?
    • No. 10: Nov/Dec 1959: Back to Work
  • 1960:-
    • No. 1: Jan 1960: Gold & $ Reserves
    • No. 2: Feb 1960: Stable Prices
    • No. 3: Mar 1960: Foreign Affairs
    • No. 4: Apr 1960: Advance in Local Government
    • No. 5: May 1960: The Budget
    • No. 6: Jun 1960: Home Ownership
    • No. 7: Jul 1960: Social Reform
    • No. 8 Aug 1960: Agriculture
    • No. 9: Sep 1960: Defence
    • No. 10: Oct 1960: The Future is Ours
    • No. 11: Nov 1960: In Conference
    • No. 12: Dec 1960: Agenda for 1961
  • 1961:-
    • No. 1: Jan 1961: Investing for the Future
    • No. 2: Feb 1961: Rating and Valuation
    • No. 3: Mar 1961: You and the County Hall
    • No. 4: Apr 1961: Commwealth Relations
    • No. 5: May 1961: You and the Town Hall
    • No. 6: Jun 1961: Spotlight on the Budget
    • No. 7: Jul 1961: Crime and Punishment
    • No. 8 Aug 1961: Paying our Way
    • No. 9: Sep 1961: The Common Market
    • No. 10: Oct 1961: Ten Tears Tested
    • No. 11: Nov 1961: Political Signpost
    • No. 12: Dec 1961: An All Round Programme
  • 1962:-
    • No. 1: Jan 1962: Immigrants
    • No. 2: Feb 1962: Party of Indecision
    • No. 3: Mar 1962: Incomes and Production. Why Pause?
    • No. 4: Apr 1962: Good Local Government
    • No. 5: May 1962: Conservatives for go AHEAD Local Government
    • No. 6: Jun 1962: Export and Grow
    • No. 7: Jul 1962: Liberalism - Side-door to Socialism?
    • No. 8 Aug 1962: Fair Play
    • No. 9: Sep 1962: Britain and Europe
    • No. 10: Oct 1962: On the LEFT: Liberal and Labour
    • No. 11: Nov 1962: Now is the Opportunity
    • No. 12: Dec 1962: The Economic Situation
  • 1963:-
    • No. 1: Jan 1963: Revaluation and the Rates
    • No. 2: Feb 1963: Protection for workers and consumers
    • Nos. 3-4 [VACANT]
    • No. 5: May 1963: Expansion without Inflation
    • No. 6: Jun 1963: Still Improving Social Welfare
    • No. 7: Jul 1963: More and Better Homes
    • No. 8 Aug 1963: the Better Britain
    • No. 9: Sep 1963: Maintaining Full Employment
    • No. 10: Oct 1963: Roads Railways Ports
    • No. 11: Nov 1963: The Parties in Conference
    • No. 12: Dec 1963: Straight Ahead Fast
  • 1964:-
    • No. 1: Jan 1964: Regional Development and Traffic in Towns
    • No. 2: Feb 1964: Housing and Rates
    • No. 3: Mar 1964: Socialist Yarns - Don't be misled!
    • No. 4: Apr 1964: Modern Local Government
    • No. 5: May 1964: The Budget
    • No. 6: Jun 1964: Putting the Record Straight
    • No. 7: Jul 1964: Fighting Rising Prices
    • No. 8 Aug 1964: 10 Reasons for NOT Voting Labour
    • No. 9: Sep 1964: 10 Reasons FOR Voting Conservative
    • Nos. 10-12 [VACANT]
  • 1965:-
    • No. 1: Feb 1965: Labour's Economic Crisis
    • No. 2: Mar 1965: Discredited
    • No. 3: Apr 1965: Local Government Special
    • No. 4: May 1965: 'Soak the Lot' Budget
    • No. 5: Jun 1965: Labour's Broken Promises
    • No. 6: Jul 1965: The Rising Cost of Living
    • No. 7 Aug 1965: Housing Sold
    • No. 8: Sep 1965: Constructive Opposition
    • No. 9: Oct 1965: They've had their chance
    • No. 10: Nov 1965: Conservatives Look Ahead
    • No. 11: Dec 1965: 2 Big Failures
  • [1966: VACANT]
  • 1967:-
    • No. 1: Jan 1967: Higher Unemployment Higher Taxation Higher Prices. What a way to run a country!
    • No. 2: Feb 1967: Labour's Big Rates Fraud
    • No. 3: Mar 1967: Housing and Transport
    • No. 4: Apr 1967: Value for Money
    • No. 5: May 1967: The Lost Opportunities Budget
    • No. 6: Jun 1967: Poverty
    • No. 7: Jul 1967: Pacemakers of Industry
    • No. 8 Aug 1967: Britain's Economy
    • No. 9: Sep 1967: A Broken Shield
    • No. 10: Oct 1967: [VACANT]
    • No. 11: Nov 1967: The Two Conferences compared: Conservative FACT and Socialist FICTION
    • No. 12: Dec 1967: Unholy Mess

Feb 1952-Dec 1967

     Briefing Note, 1974-1984

Briefing Note was a weekly, single A4 sheet, double-sided typescript, produced by the Conservative Research Department which focussed on a different topic each week, eg – '22 months of Labour Government' (15/01/1976), and ‘Direct Elections to the European Parliament’ (01/04/1976). It was replaced by Talking Politics and Member’s Brief from November 1984.

PUB 130/3 Briefing Note

Includes:-

  • 1974: Index only; no issues held
  • 1975: Index, and Nos. 34-39 only
  • 1976: Nos. 1-34; 36-45

1974-1976
[PUB 130/3A] [Vacant] [1977]
[PUB 130/3B] [Vacant] [1978]
PUB 130/4 Briefing Note: Nos. 13-20; 23-38 (1979) and Nos. 7-10; 12-18; 23-31; 42-44; 46-48 (1980) 1979-1980
PUB 130/5 Briefing Note: Nos. 2-5; 7-42 1981
PUB 130/6 Briefing Note: Nos. 1-42 1982
PUB 130/7 Briefing Note: Nos. 1-39 1983
PUB 130/8 Briefing Note: Nos. 1-35 1984
PUB 130/9 Briefing Note and miscellaneous CRD briefs

Includes:-

  • Note by the Conservative Research Department: Green Paper on Local Government Finance, 28/01/1986
  • Research Department Background Note: Social Security Uprating, ND [c. Feb 1986]
  • Conservative Research Department Briefing: Britain's Defences, 26/02/1987
  • Conservative Research Department Briefing Note: The 'Alliance' Collapses, 14/01/1988
  • Briefing Note: The 'Alliance' Policy Statement, 19/01/1988
  • Conservative Research Department Briefing Note: Labour and Europe, 26/01/1988
  • The End of the 'Alliance', Feb 1988
  • Conservative Research Department Recess Briefing Notes for MPs, 30/03/1988
  • Briefing Note: Nurses' Pay, 21/09/1988
  • Briefing Note: Social Security Benefits in 1989, ND [c. Nov 1988]
  • Briefing Notes: Teachers: Key Points, ND [c. 1989]
  • Briefing Note: Central London Rail Study, ND [c. 1989]

1986-1989

     Key Points, Jun 1982-Apr 1983

Initially Key Points from the Government's Record, Key Points was published approximately fortnightly, jointly by the Conservative Research Department and Marketing Department. Format: simple typescript, A4, 3-4 pages, providing a summary of 'good news' items as well as statistics and quotes in support of attacks against Opposition positions on topical issues such as industrial disputes and by-elections in the run-up to the 1983 General Election.

PUB 130/9 Key Points [Issues 1-24] Jun 1982-Apr 1983

     Talking Politics, Nov 1984-1996

Talking Politics was published fortnightly by the Conservative Research Department. Format: single, double-sided A4 sheet, giving a summary of the Conservative Government’s position in key policy areas, such as ‘The Gulf Crisis’ (No. 1, 18/01/1991), and ‘Backing British Industry’ (No. 4, 01/03/1991).

PUB 222/1 Talking Politics: Nos. 1-3 (1984) and Nos. 1-23 (1985)

[Bound volume]

15 Nov 1984-12 Dec 1985
PUB 222/2 Talking Politics: Nos. 1-21

[Bound volume]

16 Jan-11 Dec 1986
PUB 222/3 Talking Politics: Nos. 1-17

[Bound volume]

22 Jan-17 Dec 1987
PUB 222/4 Talking Politics:Nos. 1-18

[Bound volume]

21 Jan-8 Dec 1988
PUB 222/5 Talking Politics: Nos. 1-15 and unnumbered

Bound volume. Format changed in November 1989 from which time the series continues unnumbered]

12 Jan-9 Dec 1989
PUB 222/6 Talking Politics: Nos. 1-20

[Bound volume]

20 Jan-21 Dec 1990
PUB 262 Talking Politics: Various numbers (loose)

Includes:-

  • 1985: Nos. 1-22
  • 1986: Nos. 1-22
  • 1987: Nos. 1-11
  • 1988: Nos. 1-11 and 13
  • 1989: Nos. 1-11 and unnumbered
  • 1990: No. 4 and Talking Politics Special editions, Apr and Jul 1990

1985-1989
PUB 134/126 Talking Politics: Various numbers (loose)

Includes:-

  • 1991: Nos. 1-21
  • 1992: Nos. 1-4; 6-9; 11; 14-17
  • 1993: Nos. 1-2; 4-8; 10; 18; 21
  • 1994: Nos. 1; 13
  • 1995: No. 21
  • 1996: Nos 15; 17-19

Jan 1991-Nov 1996

     Members' Brief, Nov. 1984-Mar 1996

Members' Brief was produced by the Conservative Research Department, and first appeared in c.May 1984. It was a weekly newsletter intended for Conservative MPs only, in a double-sided A4 format. It typically provided background political briefing material on a single, topical issue of the past week, occasionally accompanied by a second storyline.

The following issues are missing:-

An index exists for 1989 only.

PUB 91/2 Members' Brief Nov. 1984-Dec. 1987
PUB 91/3 Members' Brief Jan. 1988-July 1993
PUB 260 Members' Brief

Includes the following issues:-

  • 1994: Nos. 11 [17/03/1994], 19 [19/05/1994], 23 [30/06/1994] 31 [25/11/1994], and 33 [09/12/1994]only
  • 1995: No. 33 [23/12/1995] only
  • 1996: None held

Aug 1993-Mar 1996

     CRD Brief, Mar 1996-Jul 1997

CRD Brief replaced Members' Brief from 8th March, 1996, and was similarly produced by the Conservative Research Department. It was printed in a standard 4 x A4 format, and 'will be sent to MPs and Parliamentary candidates. The new publication retains the traditional briefing material, but adds new features including a Letter of the Week and a Press Release of the Week.'

PUB 91/4 CRD BriefNos. 1-52

Missing issue nos:

  • No. 37: 14/02/1997
  • No. 40: 07/03/1997
  • No. 44: 06/06/1997
  • Nos. 46-47: 20/06/1997
  • No. 51: 18/07/1997

[Includes two undated copies of Campaign Brief, in the same format as CRD Brief, c1997]

Mar 1996-Jul 1997




Speakers/Canvassers, 1925-1997

    Hints for Speakers, Jan 1925-Aug 1939

Hints for Speakers was first produced in 1925, and retained its original, handy ‘flip-up’ loose-leaf format until 1939 (although the copies held in the CPA were bound up by Central Office as reference copies). It varied from between 10-30 pages as required, and was usually produced weekly (becoming fortnightly from about the beginning of 1930), with an index produced every 6 months.

While some Hints provided a general overview of recent parliamentary activity/Conservative achievements, most focussed on a specific topic (eg,’The Pension Bill’ – Issue No. 31, 30th July 1925 and ‘The Stand against Aggression’ – issue No. 7, 20th April 1939). The 6-monthly indexes include a list of the subjects covered.

Hints for Speakers continued without a break until August 1939.

PUB 189/1 Index; Nos. 1-48 Jan.-Dec. 1925
PUB 189/2 Index; Nos. 1-44 Jan.-Dec. 1926
PUB 189/3 Index; Nos. 1-50 Jan.-Dec. 1927
PUB 189/4 Index; Nos. 1-26 Jan.-June 1928
PUB 189/5 Index; Nos. 27-50 July-Dec. 1928
PUB 189/6 Index; Nos. 1-18 Jan.-May 1929
PUB 189/7 Index; Special Issue-No. 29 July-Dec. 1929
PUB 189/8 Index; Nos. 1-22

Includes:-

  • Ashridge Bonar Law College, Conference Course, Syllabus

Jan.-July 1930
PUB 189/9 Index; Nos. 1-15 July-Dec. 1930
PUB 189/10 Index; Nos. 1-6 Jan.-Apr. 1931
PUB 189/11 Index; Nos. 1-9 Feb.-June 1932
PUB 189/12 Index; Nos. 1-12 Jan.-June 1933
PUB 189/13 Index; Nos. 13-21 July-Dec. 1933
PUB 189/14 Index; Nos. 1-12 Jan.-June 1934
PUB 189/15 Index; Nos. 13-21 July-Dec. 1934
PUB 189/16 Index; Nos. 1-12 Jan.-June 1935
PUB 189/17 Index; Nos. 13-19 July-Oct. 1935
PUB 189/18 Index; Nos. 1-12 Jan.-July 1936
PUB 189/19 Index; Nos. 11-21 July-Dec. 1936
PUB 189/20 Index; Nos. 1-12 Jan.-June 1937
PUB 189/21 Index; Nos. 13-22 July-Dec. 1937
PUB 189/22 Index; Nos. 1-13 Jan.-June 1938
PUB 189/23 Index; Nos. 1-21 July-Dec. 1938
PUB 189/24 Index; Nos. 1-15 Jan.-Aug. 1939

    Notes for Conservative Canvassers and Workers, May 1933-May 1940

Notes for Conservative Canvassers and Workers (from May 1935 simply Notes for Conservative Workers) began in May 1933 as a monthly briefing for doorstep canvassers in a 'flip-up' loose-leaf format (similar to Hints for Speakers, for which see above). It published questions and answers which canvassers would typically be asked, and the number of pages varied as required by political events. It was intended that they should be filed and kept for reference, and a half-yearly index was also compiled and circulated (and loose-leaf covers made available for purchase). Subscribers were invited to submit to the Chief Publicity Officer questions which they were frequently asked, for inclusion in subsequent issues. From June 1933 Notes was printed.

Following the outbreak of War, Notes for Conservative Workers ceased publication and no edition was produced in September 1939. Instead, and in an identical format but with a new numbering sequence, it was replaced with Notes on War-time Legislation and Administration. Issue no. 1 was published on 16th November, 1939 and thereafter it appeared weekly until the beginning of May 1940, with the exception of January 1940 during which it was not produced, and March 1940 when only one issue appeared. No issues beyond 9th May, 1940 are held in the Conservative Party Archive, but it not known whether publication ceased at this time.

PUB 189/30 Notes for Conservative Canvassers and Workers: Nos. 1-8 (1933), Nos. 1-12 (1934) and Nos. 1-4 (1935); Notes for Conservative Workers: Nos. 5-10 (1935)

Includes half-year indexes:-

  • May-Dec 1933
  • Jan-Jun 1934
  • Jul-Dec 1934
  • Jan-Jun 1935
  • Jul-Oct 1935

Note: [No issues were produced during November and December 1935]

May 1933-Oct 1935
PUB 189/31 Notes for Conservative Workers: Nos. 1-12 (1936) and Nos. 1-12 (1937)

Includes half-year indexes:-

  • Jan-Jun 1936
  • Jul-Dec 1936
  • Jan-Jun 1937
  • Jul-Dec 1937

Jan 1936-Dec 1937
PUB 189/32 Notes for Conservative Workers: Nos. 1-12 (1938)

Includes half-year indexes:-

  • Jan-Jun 1938
  • Jul-Dec 1938

Jan-Dec 1938
PUB 189/33 Notes for Conservative Workers: Nos. 1-8 (Jan-Aug 1939); Notes on War-time Legislation and Administration: Nos. 1-18 (Nov 1939-May 1940)

Note: [No index available]

Jan 1939-May 1940

    Points for Propaganda, Aug 1936-Jul 1939

Points for Propaganda was a weekly compilation of official statistics, speech extracts and press references produced for Conservative workers, in a typescript, foolscap format, with variable number of pages each week. It began production in c.August 1936 and ceased in July 1939. Half-yearly subject indexes were also produced.

Issues prior to Feb 1938 do not survive. A note in the file dated 10/11/1938 states that the Points had hitherto been destroyed unless they contained something particularly interesting, but that Sir Joseph Ball, Director of the Conservative Research Department, wanted them kept in future.

Note: Points of Propaganda have been catalogued with the papers of the Conservative Research Department - see:-

    Speakers' Notes, 1942-1943

In the same format, and with content similar to Hints for Speakers (for which, see above) rather than to Notes for Conservative Workers, publication began in July 1942 with several background notes being published on specific areas of current parliamentary activity, which served also to retrospectively highlight the work of the Government in these areas since the outbreak of War. Although not published under this title at the time of publication, the notes were subsequently bound together by Central Office as Speakers Notes.

PUB 189/34 1st-4th Series

Includes:-

  • Atlantic Charter (July 1942)
  • Old Age Pensions (July 1942)
  • Family Allowances (July 1942)
  • Facts about our Taxes (Oct 1942)
  • Health of the Nation (Oct 1942)
  • India: Government Policy (Oct 1942)
  • Pay and Allowances to the Armed Forces (Dec 1942)
  • Wage Earners’ Income Tax (Dec 1942)
  • Notes on the Beveridge Report (Mar 1943)
  • Notes on the Beveridge report (cont.) (Mar 1943)
  • The Independent Traders (Feb 1943)
  • The New War Pensions Warrant (Mar 1943)
  • Some Facts about the Government’s Financial Policy (May 1943)
  • Social and Industrial Legislation: Acts passed during the War: Part 1: 1939-1940 (June 1943)
  • Social and Industrial Legislation: Acts passed during the War: Part 2: 1941-1943 (June 1943)
  • Food Problems (July 1943)
  • The International Monetary Proposals (July 1943)
  • Colonial Policy and Administration (Sep 1943)
  • The Position on Agriculture (Sep 1943)
  • Educational Reconstruction (Oct 1943)
  • The Changes in War Pensions (Oct 1943)
  • Survey of the Nation’s Health Problems (Dec 1943)
  • “Pay-As-You-Earn” (Dec 1943)
  • Workmen’s Compensation (Dec 1943)

Jul 1942-Dec 1943

    Notes on Current Politics, 1944-1975

Notes on Current Politics (and its successor from 1975, Politics Today) was a direct continuation of, and until 1946 was published in the same 'flip-up', loose-leaf format as, the two pre-War series Hints for Speakers (1925-1939) and Notes for Conservative Workers (1933-1939), which provided doorstep canvassers and speakers with the detailed and up-to-date information on the political battle, including accurate statistics with which to rebut Opposition statements.

From January 1944, Notes on Current Politics was published monthly, formalising the series of ad hoc papers published between 1942-1943 on specific subjects and bound together as Speakers' Notes (for which, see above). Some issues of Notes focused on a single, major topic, while others summarised political activity in the previous quarter. As with Hints for Speakers and Notes for Conservative Workers it included statistics and extracts from major speeches, and cited sources, and an annual index was compiled.

From January 1946 the ‘flip-up’ style was replaced by the more standard book style and it was produced fortnightly rather than monthly, but content otherwise remained the same.

From January 1949, responsibility for producing Notes on Current Politics transferred to the Conservative Research Department. It was described in an advertisement in Right Approach [Autumn 1961: PUB 147/1] as: ‘…edited by the Conservative Research Department, is widely recognised as a unique source of reference and covers the whole range of politics. Facts, figures and quotations all come from original sources. A periodical index is issued.’

The last edition appeared on 22nd September 1975 (Issue no. 15): ‘This is the last issue of Notes on Current Politics. From 6th October, there will be a new Research Department publication, Politics Today, which will incorporate NCP, Overseas Review and the occasional Old Queen Street Papers.’

PUB 221/1 (Unnumbered) Jan.-Dec. 1944
PUB 221/2 (Unnumbered) Jan.-Dec. 1945
PUB 221/3 Nos. 1-23 Jan.-Dec. 1946
PUB 221/4 Nos.1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1947
PUB 221/5 Nos.1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1948
PUB 221/6 Nos.1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1949
PUB 221/7 Nos.1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1950
[PUB 221/8] [Vacant; item has been relocated to the Daily Notes series as Shelfmark: PUB 223/3a] 1950-51
PUB 221/9 Nos.1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1951
PUB 221/10 Nos.1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1952
PUB 221/11 Nos.1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1953
PUB 221/12 Nos.1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1954
PUB 221/13 Nos.1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1955
PUB 221/14 Nos.1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1956
PUB 221/15 Nos.1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1957
PUB 221/16 Nos.1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1958
PUB 221/17 Nos.1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1959
PUB 221/18 Nos.1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1960
PUB 221/19 Nos.1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1961
PUB 221/20 Nos.1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1962
PUB 221/21 Nos.1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1963
PUB 221/22 Nos.1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1964
PUB 221/23 Nos.1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1965
PUB 221/24 Nos.1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1966
PUB 221/25 Nos.1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1967
PUB 221/26 Nos.1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1968
PUB 221/27 Nos.1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1969
PUB 221/28 Nos.1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1970
PUB 221/29 Nos.1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1971
PUB 221/30 Nos.1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1972
PUB 221/31 Nos.1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1973
PUB 221/32 Nos.1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1974
PUB 221/33 Nos.1-15 Jan.-Dec. 1975

    Politics Today, 1975-1997

The format and content of Politics Today remained virtually unchanged from Notes on Current Politics (for which, see above) which it superseded, with the exception that issues at regular intervals were devoted to the subject of ‘Overseas Review’ in recognition of the fact that it now incorporated the monthly publication Overseas Review which had been produced by the Conservative Research Department on behalf of the Conservative Political Centre and Conservative Overseas Bureau up to 1975. It also incorporated the occasional series of reports known as Old Queen Street Papers.

It ceased publication just before the 1997 General Election.

PUB 221/34 Nos. 1-22 Oct. 1975-Dec. 1976
PUB 221/35 Nos. 1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1977
PUB 221/36 Nos. 1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1978
PUB 221/37 Nos. 1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1979
PUB 221/38 Nos. 1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1980
PUB 221/39 Nos. 1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1981
PUB 221/40 Nos. 1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1982
PUB 221/41 Nos. 1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1983
PUB 221/42 Nos. 1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1984
PUB 221/43 Nos. 1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1985
PUB 221/44 Nos. 1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1986
PUB 221/45 Nos. 1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1987
PUB 221/46 Nos. 1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1988
PUB 221/47 Nos. 1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1989
PUB 221/48 Nos. 1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1990
PUB 221/49 Nos. 1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1991
PUB 221/50 Nos. 1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1992
PUB 221/51 Nos. 1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1993
PUB 221/52 Nos. 1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1994
PUB 221/53 Nos. 1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1995
PUB 221/54 Nos. 1-22 Jan.-Dec. 1996
PUB 221/55 No. 1 31 Jan. 1997
PUB 221/56 No. 2 4 Apr. 1997
PUB 221/57 No. 3 14 Apr. 1997
PUB 221/58 No. 4 14 Apr. 1997

     Memoranda to Speakers, Aug 1948-Sep 1951

This was a very different publication to Hints for Speakers and the various other incarnations and usually consisted of between 1-4 pages, but occasionally up to 15, A5-size. It was prepared by the Conservative Research Department and issued by the Speakers’ Department of Conservative Central Office.

Only Memoranda no’s 37 (23rd Aug 1948)-101 (4th Sep 1951) survive, although a note part-way through the volume into which they were bound, states: ‘These were issued by Speakers’ Department. Nos 1-36 were duplicated memos. This set was bound from No. 43 onwards. Nos. 37-42 were missing then, but have now been inserted inside front cover.’

A list of the Memoranda titles for No’s 1-87 are included with the minutes of the Memoranda to Speakers Committee [see Shelfmark: CCO 4/2/19]. Those prior to No. 37 appear to have been existing documents which were re-circulated as part of the Memoranda series.

No consistent publication programme appears to have been followed, and frequency varies from weekly to bi-monthly. The Memoranda provide background information to current issues before Parliament – mostly focusing on single topics - and sourced facts and figures with which to rebut Opposition arguments.

Related Material: The Memoranda to Speakers Committee was set up in November 1948 in order to regularise the system for producing speakers’ memoranda and ‘by-election briefs’ which had proven to be out-of-date during the recent Edmonton by-election. A memorandum from the General Director contained within the minutes, states: ‘It seems to me that the amalgamation of the Secretariat, Research Department and the Library should provide the occasion for the establishment of a little Standing Committee meeting regularly and responsible for revising and re-issuing Speakers’ Memoranda. It should perhaps include a representative of what is now the Secretariat, the Library, the Speakers’ Department and the Publicity Department.’ [15th October, 1948]. The committee appears also to have had some oversight of articles for inclusion in Notes on Current Politics.A list of the 16 ‘By-Election Briefs’ then in existence, and in need of revision in conjunction with their merger with the Memoranda series, is given in a memorandum to the General Director dated 8th November 1948. The intention was to provide something for a candidate during elections of ‘two or three sentences on a particular subject for the purposes of a reply on the platform’ and that the present policy briefs were ‘too journalistic and diffuse’.

PUB 189/35 Memoranda to Speakers Nos. 37-101 Aug. 1948-Sept. 1951

    The Conservative Approach, Nov 1948-Sep 1951

The Conservative Approach was first published in November 1948 (Vol. 1, No. 1) and was a monthly bulletin intended for doorstep canvassers produced in a 4-page printed format. It included regular features ‘The voter gets his answer’ and ‘The canvasser asks the question’. Subscribers were asked to send to the Editor any questions which should be answered in The Conservative Approach and ‘any experiences you encounter on the doorstep which you feel will be of interest to others’.

PUB 190/11 Vol. 1 No. 1-Vol. 1 No. 32 Nov 1948-Sep 1951

    Constituency News Service, 1989

The Conservative News Service was introduced in 1989 by Michael Gunton, Deputy Head of News at Conservative Central Office. Its aim was to inform Party workers of the 'Party line' via a simple, monthly, A5 format with key points to make on particular issues such as Housing, Pensioners, and the NHS listed in bull-point style. It was intended that constituency agents would photocopy and redistribute the papers for circulation amongst Party workers [Only one issue from 1989 is so far held in the CPA].

PUB 274 Constituency News Service ND [c. Mid-1989]




Teachers, 1947-1972

Publications produced by the Education Department at Conservative Central Office on behalf of the Conservative and Unionist Teachers' Association from its inception in 1947. In 1966 the Association changed its name to the National Advisory Committee on Education, in acknowledgement of its wider remit. This ceased to exist in March 1994 and has since been replaced by the Conservative National Education Society.

    The Right Angle - the journal of the Conservative and Unionist Teachers' Association, Jun 1948-Winter 1953

The Right Angle was a quarterly publication, 16-page quarto size format. Regular features such as 'News from the Areas' ran alongside reports of Conservative Teachers' Association conference etc. from Autumn 1949 its format changed and the number of pages varied thereafter between 20-28.

PUB 137/1 The Right Angle, Journal of the Conservative and Unionist Teachers Association June 1948-Winter 1953

    Conservative Teacher, Autumn 1953-Winter 1963

The editorial to the first issue of The Conservative Teacher states that: 'The Right Angle has undergone a change of name and style. The National Advisory Committee, finding the former title ambiguous, has recommended that the publication should proclaim itself more clearly for what it is - the journal of "The Conservative Teacher". At the same time we hope that it will live up to its new title by containing many more contributions from our own members, so that it becomes a lively medium for the exchange of opinion.'

The Conservative Teacher was published three times a year.

PUB 137/2 The Conservative Teacher Autumn 1953-Spring 1959
PUB 137/3 The Conservative Teacher Spring 1960-Winter 1963

    Education: Today and Tomorrow, 1964-1965

From Summer 1962, The Conservative Teacher carried the sub-heading Education: Today and Tomorrow. From Summer 1964, The Conservative Teacher was completely replaced as the title of the journal, which henceforth became known as Education: Today and Tomorrow, although little, otherwise changed. In Winter 1965, the title changed again to Focus on Education.

PUB 137/4

  • Education: Today and Tomorrow:-
    • Summer 1964
    • Spring 1965
  • Focus on Education:-
    • Winter 1965
    • ND [c. Spring 1967]
    • Summer 1968
    • Winter 1968
    • Summer 1969
    • Autumn 1969
    • Summer 1970
    • Winter 1970
    • Spring 1972

1964-1965

    Focus on Education, 1965-1972

Note: [See above: issues of Focus on Education are bound together with those of Education: Today and Tomorrow]





Conservative Associations, 1946-1989

    Constituency Finance and Fundraising, 1946-1950; 1976-1989

        Finance Bulletin: How to Raise Funds, c.1946-1950

The Finance Bulletin series was a 15-page, A5 format pamphlet introduced at about the same time as the scheme whereby constituency associations were required to pay an annual quota to the Party's Central Funds. Subsequently, the Maxwell-Fyfe Committee's recommendations that associations, rather than Members of Parliament and Prospective Candidates, should meet the whole of the expenses of a Parliamentary election, were adopted, increasing the demand on local Party coffers. The Bulletin was intended to assist local associations by show-casing model examples of local fundraising.

The Bulletin had a fairly restricted circulation list, being the Constituency Chairmen, Treasurers and Agents; MPs and Prospective Candidates; Area Chairmen, Treasurers and Agents.

Related Material: For related files concerning the administration of this publication, see http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/dept/scwmss/wmss/online/modern/cpa/cco/cco4.html: Series: CCO 4: Subject Files, 1921-1978]

PUB 246/1 Finance Bulletin: How to Raise Funds
  • No. 1 c. late 1946-early 1947
  • No. 2 Jul 1947
  • No. 3 Mar 1948
  • No. 4 [Vacant]
  • No. 5 [Sep 1950
c.1946-1950

        Money Maker, Jan 1976-c1980

Money Maker was edited by Bob Nicholson, Constituency Finance Adviser at Conservative Central Office, and was intended to be produced at two monthly intervals. It encouraged constituency associations to send in reports concerning successful membership campaigns and fundraising events which it would publish as examples of best practice [Only 1 issue is held in the CPA].

PUB 276 Money Maker: No. 3 Sep 1976

        Money Matters, Summer 1980-Dec 1989

Published quarterly by the Constituency Fund Raising Unit, Central Office and then from at least 1986, the Treasurer’s Department. ‘The first edition of Money Maker was published in January 1976 by the then Constituency Finance Adviser...Money Maker was “a series of action reports to aid constituency associations with money raising.” This new publication, Money Matters has the same objective as its predecessor, but in a new, brighter format printed on the Party’s own printing presses!’

PUB 130/1 Money Matters

The following issues are missing (assuming that they were published):-

  • Winter 1980
  • Spring 1983-Winter 1985
  • Jul 1987
  • Oct 1988
  • Dec 1988
  • Oct 1989

Summer 1980-Dec 1989

        Ad hoc fundraising publications, 1985-1989

PUB 280 Third Fund Raising Pack for constituency associations, produced by the Constituency Fund Raising Unit, Conservative Central Office Oct 1985
PUB 284 Fourth Fund Raising Pack for constituency associations, produced by the Constituency Fund Raising Unit, Conservative Central Office Oct 1986
PUB 306 Sixth Fund Raising Pack for constituency associations, produced by the Constituency Fund Raising Unit, Conservative Central Office Oct 1989

    Membership and Recruitment, 1976-1989

        Campaign News, 1976

Campaign News was published by the Organisation Department at Conservative Central Office in support of the national 'Link up with the Conservatives' membership recruitment drive which was launched on 1st September, 1976 and continued until November. The campaign had three main aims:-'

PUB 277 Campaign News

Comprises the following:-

  • No. 1: 19/08/1976
  • No. 2: 09/09/1976
  • No. 3: 30/09/1976

Aug-Sep 1976

        Ad hoc membership publications, 1976-1989

PUB 278 Membership Recruitment Pack for the 'Link up with the Conservatives' national recruitment campaign, Sep-Nov 1976

Comprises leaflets, posters and template letters]

1976
PUB 279 Constituency Campaigning - Prospecting for new members: A new approach to the Book Scheme: guide to constituency associations for recruiting new members

Comprises leaflets, posters and template letters]

1985
PUB 304 Complete Guide to Membership, Conservative Central Office [109pp] 1989

    Campaigning and Tactical Support from Conservative Central Office, 1980-1989

        Contact, 1988

Contact was the newsletter of the Constituency Tactical Support Team, which was set up shortly after the 1987 general election by John Lacy, Director of Campaigning at Conservative Central Office. The CTST was designed to be a team of highly mobile professionals 'ready to help at Parliamentary and local elections, or to mount special campaigns in a constituency'. It also provided tactical support units for constituency associations and provided training to help transform and professionalise their campaigning techniques.

        Ad hoc Campaigning and Tactical publications, 1980-1989

PUB 291 Paying for Politics - Leaflet Aids for Constituencies: Pack of artwork published by the Constituency Fund-Raising Unit at Central Office, intended as templates from which local associations could produce their own in-house leaflets Dec 1980
PUB 285 Local Advertising - A practical guide & artwork pack: produced for constituency associations by the Campaigning/Training Department at Conservative Central Office 1986
PUB 286 Artwork pack for the 3rd edition of the In Touch template for local association newsletters, issued by Ronald Bell, Training Officer with the Campaigning Department, Conservative Central Office Nov 1986
PUB 307 Winning is the Name of the Game: Postal & Proxy Vote Campaign, produced by the Training Department, Conservative Central Office ND [c.1989]

    Newsletters and magazines of local Conservative associations

[As the CPA is the official archive only of the national and central elements of the Conservative Party organisation, it does not hold the papers of local Conservative associations. Occasionally copies of newsletters of local associations were sent to Conservative Central Office, where they were retained. Where this happened, the surviving copies can be found in series: CCO 1]





Agents, 1892-1897; 1902-1997

The 'National Society of Conservative and Unionist Agents' was formed as the professional body representing Conservative Agents in November 1891. It began as a federation of the then existing regional unions of Conservative Agents.

     The Tory, 1892-1897

The first issue of The Tory, dated June 1892, states: 'For a long time it has seemed desirable to establish a journal whereby Conservative Agents may have an opportunity of placing their views before their fellow Agents, and whereby information on points of law, of registration and of organization, may be placed before those of most deeply interested on the Conservative side of politics. With these objects this little venture has been resolved upon.'

The Tory was available by subscription only, and was published monthly. During its lifetime, 1892-1897 it had two editors, CH Kitchen, Agent for Nottingham, and Thomas Ablewhite, Agent for the Stamford Division of Lincolnshire.

During the period that The Tory was published the National Society did not fully represent all Agents, as some of the already existing regional bodies (North of England, Metropolitan, and Home Counties) initially chose not to join with it, although the North of England Union provided regular reports on its activities, and the editors included information pertinent to London and the Home Counties.

The last issue of The Tory appeared in December 1897, but not reason is given for the cessation of publication.

The contents of The Tory reflects the priorities of 19th century 'grass-roots' politics. Many election petitions and Registration appeal cases are reported, which were typical of the time. In this period the franchise was complicated, there being about six different voting qualifications. Bribery and undue influence had yet to be stamped out, and the business of registration, and the annual Revising Barrister's courts were a constant feature of the politics of the time. The Tory printed useful lists of Party Agents and their addresses, as well as biographies and photographs of the most eminent ones. It also published reports of meetings of the National Society, as well its constituent groups.

PUB 1/1 The Tory, Nos. 1-23 Jun 1892-Dec 1894
PUB 1/2 The Tory, Nos. 24-34 Jan 1895-Nov 1895
PUB 1/3 The Tory, Nos. 36-59 Jan 1896-Dec 1897

     Conservative Agents' Journal, 1902-1997

The Editorial Notes of the first issue of the Conservative Agents' Journal, which first appeared in January 1902, states: 'At the recent annual meeting of the National Society the recommendation of the Council that "a magazine or circular be published periodically by the National Society, giving reports of its meetings and of the meetings of the various affiliated Unions" was adopted, with one dissentient only. During the discussion the feeling was generally expressed that the usefulness of the Society was largely curtailed by the absence of facilities for ascertaining the views of members - both collectively and individually - on subjects of mutual interest to them as Party Agents. It was also rightly contended that the Council had no means of acquainting the members with the important work and discussions of that body, and it was agreed that the suggested journal would supply a much-felt want.

The Conservative Agents' Journal was initially published quarterly, for a time monthly, before returning to quarterly, by subscription, and otherwise retained the format used for its predecessor, The Tory. Each issue has its own full list of contents. Voting Rights, Campaigning, Party Discipline, Registration Cases and the entire spectrum of political subjects are discussed in special features, informed articles and letters to the editor.

Alternative Form Available: [Conservative Agents' Journal 1903-1983 are available on microform in reading room]

PUB 2/1 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 1-17 Jan. 1902-Oct. 1909
PUB 2/2 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 18-31 Jan. 1910- Oct. 1913
PUB 2/3 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 32-42 Jan 1914-Oct. 1916
PUB 2/4 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 43-[58]

Note: Aug.-Dec. are not numbered.

Jan. 1917- Dec. 1919
PUB 3/1 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 59-70 Jan.-Dec. 1920
PUB 3/2 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 71-82 Jan.-Dec. 1921
PUB 3/3 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 83-93 Jan.-Dec. 1922
PUB 3/4 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 94-104 Jan.-Nov. 1923
PUB 3/5 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 105-15 Jan.-Dec. 1924
PUB 3/6 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 116-27 Jan.-Dec. 1925
PUB 3/7 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 128-39 Jan.-Dec. 1926
PUB 4/1 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 140-51 Jan.-Dec. 1927
PUB 4/2 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 152-63 Jan.-Dec. 1928
PUB 4/3 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 164-74 Jan.-Dec. 1929
PUB 4/4 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 175-86 Jan.-Dec. 1930
PUB 5/1 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 187-97 Jan.-Dec. 1931
PUB 5/2 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos 198-209 Jan.-Dec. 1932
PUB 5/3 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 210-21 Jan.-Dec. 1933
PUB 5/4 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 222-33 Jan.-Dec. 1934
PUB 6/1 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 234-44 Jan.-Dec. 1935
PUB 6/2 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 245-56 Jan.-Dec. 1936
PUB 6/3 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 257-68 Jan.-Dec. 1937
PUB 6/4 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 269-80 Jan.-Dec. 1938
PUB 6/5 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 281-9 Jan.-Sept. 1939
PUB 7/1 Conservative Agents' Journal

Note: Unnumbered

Jan. 1940-Oct. 1945
PUB 7/2 Conservative Agents' Journal

Note: Unnumbered

Jan. 1946-Dec. 1947
PUB 7/3 Conservative Agents' Journal

Contains duplicates of copies in PUB 7/2.

Note: Unnumbered

Jan.-Dec. 1947
PUB 7/4 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 326-37 Jan.-Dec. 1948
PUB 7/5 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 1-12

Note: Appears to be a different sequence of numbering.

Jan.-Dec. 1949
PUB 8/1 Conservative Agents' Journal

Note: Jan.-Aug. are numbered 1-7, subsequent issues are unnumbered and undated.

Jan.-[Dec.] 1950
PUB 8/2 Conservative Agents' Journal

Note: Unnumbered and undated

[Jan.-Dec.] 1951
PUB 8/3 Conservative Agents' Journal

Note: Jan.-Mar. are unnumbered and undated, April.-Dec. are numbered 376-83.

Jan.-Dec. 1952
PUB 8/4 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 384-94 Jan.-Dec. 1953
PUB 8/5 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 395-405 Jan.-Dec. 1954
PUB 8/6 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 406-15 Jan.-Dec. 1955
PUB 9/1 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 416-26 Jan.-Dec. 1956
PUB 9/2 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 427-37 Jan.-Dec. 1957
PUB 9/3 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 438-48 Jan.-Dec. 1958
PUB 9/4 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 449-57 Jan.-Dec. 1959
PUB 9/5 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 458-68 Jan.-Dec. 1960
PUB 9/6 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 469-79 Jan.-Dec. 1961
PUB 9/7 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 480-90 Jan.-Dec. 1962
PUB 9/8 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 491-501 Jan.-Dec. 1963
PUB 10/1 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 502-11 Jan.-Dec. 1964
PUB 10/2 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 512-22 Jan.-Dec. 1965
PUB 10/3 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 523-32 Jan.-Dec. 1966
PUB 10/4 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 533-43 Jan.-Dec. 1967
PUB 10/5 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 544-54 Jan.-Dec. 1968
PUB 10/6 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 555-65 Jan.-Dec. 1969
PUB 11/1 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 566-75 Jan.-Dec. 1970
PUB 11/2 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 576-85 Jan.-Dec. 1971
PUB 11/3 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 586-96 Jan.-Dec. 1972
PUB 11/4 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 597-607 Jan.-Dec. 1973
PUB 11/5 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 608-17 Jan.-Dec. 1974
PUB 11/6 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 618-28 Jan.-Dec. 1975
PUB 11/7 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 629-36 Jan.-Dec. 1976
PUB 11/8 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 637-44 Jan.-Dec. 1977
PUB 11/9 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 645-56 Jan. 1978-Dec. 1979
PUB 12/1 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 657-66 New Year 1980-Winter 1981
PUB 12/2 Conservative Agents' Journal, Nos. 667-74 New Year 1982-Winter 1983
PUB 12/3 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 675 Spring 1984
PUB 12/4 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 676 Summer 1984
PUB 12/5 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 677 Autumn 1984
PUB 12/6 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 678 Winter 1984
PUB 12/7 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 679 Spring 1985
PUB 12/8 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 680 Summer 1985
PUB 12/9 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 681 Autumn 1985
PUB 12/10 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 682 Winter 1985
PUB 12/11 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 683 Spring 1986
PUB 12/12 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 684 Summer 1986
PUB 12/13 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 685 Autumn 1986
PUB 12/14 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 686 Winter 1986
PUB 12/15 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 687 Spring 1987
PUB 12/16 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 688 Summer 1987
PUB 12/17 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 689 Autumn 1987
PUB 12/18 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 690 Spring 1988
PUB 12/19 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 691 Autumn 1988
PUB 12/20 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 692 Winter 1988
PUB 12/21 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 693 Spring 1989
PUB 12/22 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 694 Autumn 1989
PUB 12/23 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 695 Winter 1989
PUB 12/24 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 696 Spring 1990
PUB 12/25 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 697 Autumn 1990
PUB 13/1 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 698 New Year 1991
PUB 13/2 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 699 Summer 1991
PUB 13/3 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 700 Autumn 1991
PUB 13/4 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 701 Winter 1991/2
PUB 13/5 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 702 Autumn 1992
PUB 13/6 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 703 Autumn 1993
PUB 13/7 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 704 Spring 1994
PUB 13/8 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 705 Summer 1994
PUB 13/9 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 706 Autumn 1994
PUB 13/10 [Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 707]

Note: [Vacant]

PUB 13/11 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 708 Spring 1995
PUB 13/12 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 709 Summer 1995
PUB 13/13 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 710 Autumn 1995
PUB 13/14 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 711 Spring 1996
PUB 13/15 [Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 712]

Note: [Vacant]

PUB 13/16 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 713 Summer 1997
PUB 13/17 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 714 Summer 1998
PUB 13/18 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 715 Late Summer 1998
PUB 13/19 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 716 New Year 1999
PUB 13/20 Conservative Agents' Journal, No. 717 Summer 1999

     Fellowship of Former Conservative Agents, 1999-2003

The Fellowship of Former Conservative Agents was established in 1999 as the newsletter for retired Party Agents. The introduction to the first edition states, 'Many of us have been expressing concern at the difficulties of keeping in touch with ex-colleagues. Without in any way wishing to be disparaging about the new Party organisation - times have definitely changed. At one time the Areas did a pretty good job of maintaining records of retired colleagues. These have all but been destroyed, and nowhere in the Party is there a database of ex-Agents. One of the events which really brought this home was the comparatively small number of people who subscribed to the latest batch of "leavers". Central Office said they had no mechanism for writing to those of us who would willingly have given had we known. So we thought we would build up a list - and the logical consequence is this -and future Newsletters.'

PUB 121/37 Fellowship of Former Conservative Agents: Nos. 1-10

Comprises:-

  • No. 1: Apr/May 1999
  • No. 2: Sep 1999
  • No. 3: Spring 2000
  • No. 4: Autumn 2000
  • No. 5: Spring 2001
  • No. 6: September 2001
  • No. 7: Mar 2002
  • No. 8: Sep 2002
  • No. 9: Mar 2003
  • No. 10: Sep 2003

1999-2003




Small Businesses, 1976-1989

The Conservative Small Business Bureau was established at Conservative Central Office within the new Community Affairs Department in 1975. In the first issue of Small Business, Spring 1976, the Director of the Community Affairs Department, Andrew Rowe, states: 'The Conservative Small Business Bureau has been established to help you. If you write to it, the Bureau will see that the ideas you put forward are carefully studied and passed on where they can have most effect. Small Business will report to you regularly on the topics raised and the Conservative Party's thinking about them.'

    Small Business - The Newsletter of the Small Business Bureau, 1976-1989

Small Business first appeared in the Spring of 1976. The first edition features a welcome message from the Leader of the Party, Margaret Thatcher: 'I wish Small Business good luck and the support it deserves. Small firms are under attack as never before. The Socialist government has introduced measure after measure whose effect has been punitive to the small business. We in the Conservative Party have fought these measures one after another - the Capital Transfer Tax, the multi rates of VAT, the unfair increases last year on the Self-Employed etc etc. Unfortunately even these are not the end of the road. The plain fact is that private enterprise and small businesses are in mortal peril from the programme of the Socialist Party. Small firms need to ensure that the Conservative Party is kept "in the picture" so that it can defend them in Parliament and take good account of their interests when preparing its policies. For this reason we have set up the Small Business Bureau at Conservative Central Office. It will keep in touch with small firms and through future issues of this newsletter will report back on the work which is being done for them in Parliament.'

Small Business began as a 4-sided A-4 publication, produced quarterly. From issue no. 3 (Autumn 1976) it moved to a tabloid format, and by 1978 had also adopted a more-or-less monthly production schedule.

PUB 140/1 Small Business [Nos. 1-7] Autumn 1976-1977
PUB 140/2 Small Business [Nos. 8-15] Jan-Dec 1978
PUB 140/3 Small Business [Nos. 16-25] Jan-Oct 1979
PUB 141/1 Small Business [Nos. 26-35] Jan-Dec 1980
PUB 141/2 Small Business [Nos. 37-41] Mar-Dec 1981
PUB 141/3 Small Business [Nos. 42-51] Jan-Dec 1982
PUB 141/4 Small Business [Nos. 52-62] Jan-Dec 1983
PUB 142/1 Small Business [Nos. 63-73] Jan-Dec 1984
PUB 142/2 Small Business [Nos. 74-85]

[Issue no. 79, May 1985, missing]

Jan-Dec 1985
PUB 142/3 Small Business [Nos. 86-96] Jan-Dec 1986
PUB 143/1 Small Business [Nos. 97-107] Jan-Dec 1987
PUB 143/2 Small Business [Nos. 108-118] Jan-Dec 1988
PUB 143/3 Small Business [Nos. 119-124] Jan-Jun 1989

    Small Business Ministers Newsletter, 1980-1981

From October 1980 the Small Business Bureau also published the Small Business Minister Newsletter as a way of communication to members the work relevant Conservative Government ministers, but primarily that of David Mitchell, Minister with special responsiblity for Small Businesses [Few issues are held]

PUB 143/7 Small Business Ministers Newsletter

Includes:-

  • Oct 1980
  • Dec 1980
  • Feb 1981

1980-1981

    Women into Business, 1988-1989

The Small Business Bureau launched a new venture, Women into Business (WiB), the Founder Patron of which was Lady Howe, at the Annual Party Conference on 7th October 1986. Its purpose was to teach women how to survive in the business world. Its first Chairwoman was Dr Leah Hertz, and its National Co-ordinator was Irene Jeffery. It published its own newsletter from about Spring 1988, which was usually circulated as an insert with the broadsheet Small Business (for which, see above).

PUB 143/8 Women into Business

Includes:-

  • No. 3: Sep 1988
  • No. 3 [sic]: Nov 1988
  • No. 5: Jan 1989
  • No. 6: Mar 1989
  • No. 7: May 1989

1988-1989

    Other Small Business Bureau publications, 1980

PUB 289 A brief for Conservative Associations on the role and advantages of the Small Business Bureau and hints on how to form a branch Dec 1980




Youth, 1921-1986

    Junior Imperial League, 1921-1939

Although the Junior Imperial League was established in 1906, most of the newsletters and magazines which survive date from its re-establishment following suspension during the First World War, in 1920/1921. It was reorganised on a constituency basis and fully integrated within the Conservative Party organisation in 1928. Its objectives were:-

Following a further period of suspension during the Second World War, the Junior Imperial League was reconstituted as the Young Conservatives in 1946.

        Junior Imperial League Gazette, 1921-1924

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]’. It was presumably superseded by the The Imp: the Journal of the Junior Imperial & Constitutional League which began publication in 1925.

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

        The Imp: the Journal of the Junior Imperial & Constitutional League, [1925]-1929

The Imp: the journal of the Junior Imperial & Constitutional League was first published in 1925, although no copies survive before 1927. It was originally published in a 16-page quarto format [according to article ‘Impact’s Ancestry’ by Geoffrey Block, CRD, in Impact, Autumn 1964, p.9] but up to and including April 1928 it was in fact 20 pages before dropping to 16.

The Imp featured news and letters from local Junior Imperial League branches around the country, as well as reports on current affairs and reports of meetings of the League's Central Council and Annual Conference, including regular columns 'The Way of the World' and 'Powder and Shot - facts and arguments on political, social and economic questions'.

A slightly smaller and re-designed new series of The Imp began in August 1927, but the numbering remained the same and there was negligible change otherwise.

Note: [Although The Imp: the Journal of the Junior Imperial & Constitutional League was first published in May 1925, no copies survive in the Conservative Party Archive prior to Apr 1927]

PUB 128/1-18 The Imp: the Journal of the Junior Imperial & Constitutional League

Includes:-

  • PUB 128/1: Apr 1927 [No. 24, vol. II]
  • [Vacant: May 1927]
  • PUB 128/2: Jun 1927 [No. 26, vol. III]
  • [Vacant: Jul 1927-Feb 1928]
  • PUB 128/3: Mar 1928 [No. 35, vol. III (New Series No. 6)]
  • PUB 128/4: Apr 1928 [No. 36, vol. III]
  • PUB 128/5: May 1928 [No. 37, vol. IV (New Series No. 8)]
  • PUB 128/6: Jun 1928 [No. 38, vol. IV (New Series No. 9)]
  • PUB 128/7: Jul 1928 [No. 39, vol. IV (New Series No. 10)]
  • PUB 128/8: Aug 1928 [No. 40, vol. IV (New Series No. 11)]
  • PUB 128/9: Sep 1928 [No. 41, vol. IV (New Series No. 12)]
  • [Vacant: Oct 1928]
  • PUB 128/10: Nov 1928 [No. 43, vol. IV (New Series No. 14)]
  • PUB 128/11: Dec 1928 [No. 44, vol. IV (New Series No. 15)]
  • PUB 128/12: Jan 1929 [No. 45, vol. IV (New Series No. 16)]
  • [Vacant: Feb 1929]
  • PUB 128/13: Mar 1929 [No. 47, vol. IV (New Series No. 18)]
  • PUB 128/14: Apr 1929 [No. 48, vol. IV (New Series No. 19)]
  • PUB 128/15: May 1929 [No. 49, vol. V (New Series No. 20)]
  • PUB 128/16: Jul 1929 [No. 50, vol. V (New Series No. 21)]
  • PUB 128/17: Aug 1929 [No. 51, vol. V (New Series No. 22)]
  • [Vacant: Sep 1929]
  • PUB 128/18: Oct 1929 [No. 53, vol. V (New Series No. 24)]

1927-1929

        The Imp - The Official Reminder of the Junior Imperial League, 1932-1936

The specimen copy demonstrating the new octavo format The Imp, 1932, states: ‘The Imp originally was first published in May, 1925, but prior to that the League had a journal which was entitled The Junior Imperial League Gazette. The succeeding papers have increased in size – now we are reverting to a smaller paper – one that can be easily read, and which, at the same time, will keep our members informed of general League activities.’ It was published monthly from October 1932.

The new publication featured similar content to the previous incarnation of The Imp, and regular columns included 'The Editor's Post-Bag', 'League News' and 'Powder and Shot'. It began with 8 pages, but increased to 12 from May 1933.

The Nov 1936 (No. 2, Vol. 5) issue was the last issue of The Imp, and stated that a new title was being sought for a new paper which would be produced from January 1937: 'This will close the series which commenced in October 1932. Previous to that date we had a sixteen page 'Imp' of quarto size, the first number of which appeared in May 1925. Now again we revert to a sixteen page paper, and it is hoped that the Publications and Finance Committees will receive a fitting reward for their labour and enterprise by a good sale and a steadily increasing circulation.'

PUB 128/19 The Imp

Comprises, bound within one volume, specimen copy of new format The Imp, and the following issues:-

  • No. 1, Vol. 1: Oct 1932
  • No. 2, Vol. 1: Nov 1932
  • No. 3, Vol. 1: Dec 1932
  • [Vacant: Jan 1933]
  • No. 5, Vol. 1: Feb 1933
  • No. 6, Vol. 1: Mar 1933
  • No. 7, Vol. 1: Apr 1933
  • No. 8, Vol. 1: May 1933
  • No. 9, Vol. 1: Jun 1933
  • No. 10, Vol. 1: Jul 1933
  • No. 11, Vol. 1: Aug 1933
  • No. 12, Vol. 1: Sep 1933
  • No. 1, Vol. 2: Oct 1933
  • No. 2, Vol. 2: Nov 1933
  • No. 3, Vol. 2: Dec 1933
  • No. 4, Vol. 2: Jan 1934
  • No. 5, Vol. 2: Feb 1934
  • No. 6, Vol. 2: Mar 1934
  • No. 7, Vol. 2: Apr 1934
  • No. 8, Vol. 2: May 1934
  • No. 9, Vol. 2: Jun 1934
  • No. 10, Vol. 2: Jul 1934
  • No. 11, Vol. 2: Aug 1934
  • No. 12, Vol. 2: Sep 1934
  • No. 1, Vol. 3: Oct 1935
  • No. 2, Vol. 3: Nov 1935
  • No. 3, Vol. 3: Dec 1935
  • No. 4, Vol. 3: Jan 1935
  • No. 5, Vol. 3: Feb 1935
  • No. 6, Vol. 3: Mar 1935
  • No. 7, Vol. 3: Apr 1935
  • No. 8, Vol. 3: May 1935
  • No. 9, Vol. 3: Jun 1935
  • No. 10, Vol. 3: Jul 1935
  • No. 11, Vol. 3: Aug 1935
  • No. 12, Vol. 3: Sep 1935
  • No. 1, Vol. 4: Oct 1935
  • [Vacant: Nov 1935]
  • No. 3, Vol. 4: Dec 1935
  • No. 4, Vol. 4: Jan 1936
  • No. 5, Vol. 4: Feb 1936
  • No. 6, Vol. 4: Mar 1936
  • No. 7, Vol. 4: Apr 1936
  • No. 8, Vol. 4: May 1936
  • No. 9, Vol. 4: Jun 1936
  • No. 10, Vol. 4: Jul 1936
  • No. 11, Vol. 4: Aug 1936
  • No. 12, Vol. 4: Sep 1936
  • No. 1, Vol. 5, Oct 1936
  • No. 2, Vol. 5, Nov 1936

Oct 1932-Nov 1936

        Torchbearer, Jan 1936-Jul 1939

PUB 218 Torchbearer: Official Magazine of the Junior Imperial League(Vol. 1, No. 1-Vol. 111, No. 6) Jan. 1937-Jul. 1939

    Young Britons' Organisation, 1926-1965

The Young Britons Organisation was formed in 1925 as the juvenile branch of the National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations. It catered for the 6-16 year old age group, recruiting both boys and girls, its aim being to 'counteract the blasphemous and seditious doctrine of the Communists’ as represented by the Socialist Sunday Schools'. It was linked to local Conservative associations and reached a membership of 500,000 during its heyday in the 1930s. The organisation was closed down during the Second World War and was reformed in 1948, but never returned to its former popularity. It was formally closed down in 1965.

        Young Britons News, 1950-1963

Young Britons News was a simple, quarterly, double-side foolscap typescript news letter, aimed at Young Britons branch Chairmen and Secretaries, in June 1950. It was produced by the Young Britons Organiser, Miss VB Petherick. As well as news from branches and Areas it also included ideas for games which promoted the idea of Empire and the Dominions and, from 1955, reports of meetings of the Central Committee. It moved to a folded foolscap format from Jan 1960 but otherwise its content remained the same. There was a break in production between Nov 1960 (no. 39) and Jan 1963 (no. 40) owing to illness of the then National Organiser, Jean Bowden. The Jan 1963 (no. 40) also appears to have been the last issue published before the Young Britons Organisation was wound up in 1965 following the report of the Working Group set up by Party Chairman Edward du Cann to re-appraise its value to the Party in the context of the changing pattern of children’s leisure-time activities.

PUB 258 Young Britons News

Includes the following:-

  • No. 1: Jun 1950 [Missing]
  • No. 2: Oct 1950
  • No. 3: Feb 1951
  • No. 4: Jun 1951
  • No. 5: Nov 1951
  • No. 6: Feb 1952
  • No. 7: Jun 1952
  • No. 8: Oct 1952
  • No. 9: Jan 1953
  • No. 10: Apr 1953
  • No. 11: Jul 1953
  • No. 12: Oct 1953
  • No. 13: Jan 1954
  • No. 14: Apr 1954
  • No. 15: Jul 1954
  • No. 16: Oct 1954
  • No. 17: Jan 1955
  • No. 18: Apr 1955
  • No. 19: Jul 1955
  • No. 20: Oct 1955
  • No. 21: Jan 1956
  • No. 22: Apr 1956
  • No. 23: Jul 1956
  • No. 24: Oct 1956
  • No. 25: Jan 1957
  • No. 26: Apr 1957
  • No. 27: Jul 1957
  • No. 28: Oct 1957
  • No. 29: Jan 1958
  • No. 30: Apr 1958
  • No. 31: Summer 1958
  • No. 32: Oct 1958
  • No. 33: Jan 1959
  • No. 34: Apr 1959
  • No. 35: Jul 1959
  • No. 36: Jan 1960
  • No. 37: May 1960
  • No. 38: Jul 1960
  • No. 39: Nov 1960
  • No. 40: Jan 1963

1950-1963

    Young Conservatives, 1946-1986

        Advance, 1946-1953

Advance was the first publication of the newly-established Young Conservatives, which replaced the Junior Imperial League after the Second World War, and asserted its inheritance as the direct successor to the pre-War Torchbearer of the J.I.L. It began as a small, glossy, quarterly publication, usually of 24 or 34 pages, but became monthly in its last year.

PUB 144/1 Advance Autumn 1946-Apr. 1949
PUB 144/2 Advance May 1949-Sept. 1951
PUB 144/3 Advance Mar. 1952-Spring 1953

        Rightway, 1953-1958

Rightway succeeded Advance as the Young Conservatives' national newsletter in 1953. It consisted of 8 pages and was published usually 3 times each year. It appears to have ceased publication in about 1960.

[Two issues of Rightway were combined with another Party paper, Party Pictorial, in Oct 1956 and Autumn 1958 respectively.]

PUB 144/4 Rightway

Includes special combined edition of Popular Pictorial and Rightway, Autumn, 1958

Autumn 1954-Autumn 1958

        Impact, 1964-1969

Impact took over as the Young Conservatives' newsletter in 1964 after an apparent gap of a few years. An article by Geoffrey Block of the Conservative Research Department published in the Autumn 1964 edition of Impact (p.9) entitled 'Impact's Ancestry', states: 'After an interval of four years we welcome a successor to these journals [ie, Advance, Rightway, and earlier Junior Imperial League titles] in the shape of Impact, which first appeared in the Spring of 1964. Some of the facts have had to be deduced after research, as our files are far from complete.'

PUB 201 Impact: The Young Conservative News Magazine

Related Material: [For minutes of the Editorial Board of Impact, see: Shelfmark: CCO 506/18/2]

Spring 1964-Winter/Spring 1969

        Tomorrow, 1970-1986

Tomorrow - Newspaper of the Young Conservatives, was first published in May 1970 in an 8-page broadsheet format. It was produced approximately bi-monthly. The introduction to its first edition states: 'TODAY...we present Tomorrow. Your Tomorrow. A new paper. Full of new ideas, new thinking and zest for the seventies. Our target...to provide a link between the ever-expanding and increasing branches of Young Conservatives across the country, a platform for your views, a target for your criticism... and to inform and entertain.'

PUB 139/1 Tomorrow

Comprises: May, Aug., Oct. and Dec.

1970
PUB 139/2 Tomorrow

Comprises: Feb., Apr., June, Aug., Oct. and Dec.

1971
PUB 139/3 Tomorrow

Comprises: Feb., Apr., June, Sept. and Nov. (conference special)

1972
PUB 139/4 Tomorrow

Comprises: Jan., Mar., May, July and Oct.

1973
PUB 139/5 Tomorrow

Comprises: Jan., May, and Sept.

1974
PUB 139/6 Tomorrow

Comprises: Oct. 1983, June 1984, Aug. 1985, and 1986

1983-6




Students, 1948-1952

    Federation of University Conservative & Unionist Associations, [1930]-1952

The Federation of University Conservative & Unionist Associations (FUCUA) was founded in January 1930 with Col. John Buchan MP as its first President. It produced 'almost from the date of its inception, several magazines which varied as much in quality as in their titles.' [Source: memo concerning the background to Comment and its predecessors, c1952: Shelfmark: PUB 202/2]. In the 1960s, the FUCUA was re-named the Federation of Conservative Students.

        Young Statesman, [ ?]-Oct 1946

Nothing is known of the origins and format of Young Statesman, other than that it was superseded by Comment in October 1946. No copies are held in the Conservative Party Archive

        Comment, 1948-1952

In October 1946 a new Federation magazine, Comment was started, appearing once a term for 4 years with a format of between 4-6 pages. It was edited by John Lowe in the Conservative Research Department (although elsewhere it is stated that in fact the CPC was formally responsible for publishing it, only relinquishing it in 1950 when the FUCUA attempted to make it self-financing).

In March 1950 it was decided that the expense involved in producing Comment was not justified, and at the FUCUA’s AGM it was proposed that it should cease. However, this was rejected at the AGM which agreed to put Comment into the hands of an Editorial Board composed of undergraduates. This turned Comment into a monthly, rather than a termly magazine, designed to appeal to an audience outside the universities as well as to undergraduates.

The editorial of the re-launched Comment in December 1950 (Vol. 1, No. 1) states, 'This is a new magazine. Like all new magazines it has a specific purpose and policy; and like all good magazines it will no doubt develop further purposes in the course of its career. But for the moment our aim is twofold: to provide a forum and clearing-house for the opinions and discussions of that great body of Right-wing Undergraduates throughout every British University, and secondly, by publishing these opinions, to enable all those readers whose job or interest it is, to evaluate the significance and prejudices of the present generation at the Universities. We hope always to be able to balance the freshness of youth by the maturity of two or three articles in each issue from already established writers; but we intend Comment to be essentially and Undergraduate magazine – a theatre wherein the Undergraduates themselves may act what parts they like, and wherein all those interested in the coming generation can see their first manoeuvrings on the stage – impetuous and self-important as they may be, but marked, we hope, with a sincerity and tolerance which many of our political opponents would do well to emulate.'

In March 1951 it was decided that a limited liability company should be set up to take over publication ofComment, which would help it to appear as if it was an independent publication free of Party control, thereby boosting sales and advertising revenue. The FUCUA’s Chairman and Secretary would be co-opted onto Comment’s Board of Directors, and the FUCUA would also elect two Undergraduate Assistant Editors at its AGM.

Unfortunately the limited liability company failed to get off the ground, despite a notice to the contrary in the final, Oct/Nov 1952 edition (Vol. 2, No. 20) which stated that, ‘A company is being formed, Fair Comment Ltd, to take over the ownership and management of this magazine.’

PUB 202/1 Comment Easter 1948-Oct./Nov. 1952
PUB 202/2 Four documents on the history of Comment 1951-1952, 1963

    Individual University Conservative Associations

[As the CPA is the official archive only of the national and central elements of the Conservative Party organisation, is did not receive copies of newsletters of individual University Conservative Associations as a matter of course. However, copies of some have survived within Conservative Central Office files of correspondence with individual associations, or with Area representatives of the Federation of Conservative Students and its predecessor, the FUCUA. As and when these are identified, they will be cross-referenced below.]

        Oxford University Conservative Association

            Oxford Tory, [1949-1952]

Related Material: [For issues Vol. 7, No. 1-Vol. 8, No. 3 (1949-1950), see shelfmark: CCO 3/2/97. For issues Vol. 8, No. 4-Vol. 13, No. 3 (1950-1952), see shelfmark: CCO 3/3/76: 1950-1952]





Graduates, 1974-1993

    National Association of Conservative Graduates, [1948]-1993

The edition of the NACG's journal Commentary (for which, see below), published on 28th January 1993, celebrated the re-launch of the NACG in 1968. It refers to Churchill agreeing to the formation of a Conservative Graduate Association in 1948, which 'must have died out by the late sixties'.

Little is currently known of the publications which the NACG presumably published during its lifetime.

        Tory Graduate, 1974-[1980]

Little is known about this publication, and only a few copies from 1974-1976 are held in the Conservative Party Archive, which are currently uncatalogued. Tory Graduate is known to have been the quarterly newsletter of the National Association of Conservative Graduates from at least 1974, and was superseded in 1980. Another regular NACG publication in existence at the time was the NACG Bulletin. No copies are held in the Conservative Party Archive.

        Commentary - Journal of the National Association of Conservative Graduates, [1980]-1993

As part of a revitalisation of the National Association of Conservative Graduates in 1980, 'Tory Graduate was reborn as Commentary, a Campaign Notes publication was initiated, a regular speaker programme put in place' and various research groups were formed. Only issues of Commentary from 1990-1993 are so far held in the Conservative Party Archive.

PUB 136/5 Commentary 1990-1993

    Combined English Universities Conservative Associations, [1934]-c1961

A handful of Conservative graduates’ associations existed before the War, namely for Oxford, Cambridge and London Universities. In addition, the Combined English Universities Conservative Association represented Victoria University of Manchester, and the universities of Durham, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Birmingham, Bristol, Reading, Nottingham, Southampton, Hull and Exeter, and had existed from at least 1934. The CEUCA went into abeyance during the War, but was re-formed in January 1946. Its main purpose after the War was to restore the University seats, abolished by the Labour Government. In 1954 an attempt to re-galvanise this and the other graduates’ associations was made, but despite this restoration of the university seats remained its primary aim. It appears to have been wound up within a year or two of the resignation of its long-serving Secretary, Miss Holden in 1958.

        [The Rostrum: VACANT]

The CEUCA published its own half-yearly magazine The Rostrum. No copies are known to survive and little is known about it, other than reference to it still being published during the Party chairmanship of RA Butler - see shelfmark: CCO 20/6/3.





Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, 1948-1965

    A Monthly Survey of Foreign Affairs,[1948]-1965

Note: A Monthly Survey of Foreign Affairs was a joint publication of the Conservative Overseas Bureau and the Conservative Research Department. Holdings in the CPA date issue no. 129 (Apr 1960) only, though it most likely commenced publication in approximately August 1948, coinciding with the establishment of the Conservative Overseas Bureau. It was was produced monthly, with a combined Aug/Sep issue each year.

PUB 150 A Monthly Survey of Foreign Affairs: Nos. 129, 131-141, 143-148, 150-156, 158-185 Apr 1960-Jul 1965

    A Monthly Survey of Commonwealth and Colonial Affairs, [1948]-1965

Note: As with Foreign Affairs, above, A Monthly Survey of Commonwealth and Colonial Affairs was jointly published by the Conservative Research Department and the Conservative Overseas Bureau. Holdings in the CPA date only from issue no. 75 (Dec 1959) but it most likely commenced publication in 1948/9. Initially it was published bi-monthly, ultimately becoming monthly. From April 1961 (issue no. 90), it was known simply as Commonwealth Affairs.

Related Material: [For a Special Issue dated 20th June, 1952, see shelfmark: MS Macmillan dep c.426, fo. 196]

Related Material: [For a draft index of issues 1-100, Feb 1952-Mar 1962, see: shelfmark CCO 150/4/2/16. This file contains a memorandum dated 05/10/1965 concerning the decision not to produce an index of issues 101-133 on grounds of cost.]

PUB 136/2 A Monthly Survey of Commonwealth and Colonial Affairs: Nos. 75-89 Dec 1959-Mar 1961
PUB 136/3 Commonwealth Affairs: Nos. 90-133 Apr 1961-Jul/Aug 1965

     Overseas Review and Overseas Review, 1965-1975

PUB 135/1 Commonwealth and Overseas Review: Nos. 2-36 (some gaps) Oct 1965-Dec 1968
PUB 135/2 Overseas Review, Nos. 37-68 (some gaps) Jan 1969-Dec 1971
PUB 135/3 Overseas Review, Nos. 69-101 (some gaps) Jan 1972-July 1975

    [Empire Magazine: VACANT]

Note: [For a reference to a 'proposed Empire Magazine' for the Conservative Overseas Bureau, 1949-1950, see shelfmark: CCO 4/3/47]





European Affairs, 1986

    European Conservative Group, 1973-1979

The European Conservative Group was the European Parliament grouping to which the Conservative Party was affiliated between 1973-1979.

        European Conservative, 1978-1984

European Conservative was a quarterly newsletter, first published by the European Conservative Group and printed by Deanery Press Ltd of Stratford, London in 1978. Format: A4. Its first issue states that its aims were to:-'

'. After the Conservatives moved to the European Democratic Group in 1979, publication of European Conservative continued, and printing moved to Strange the Printer Ltd of Eastbourne.

PUB 147/6 European Conservative

Issues held:-

  • No. 1: 1978
  • No. 2: 1978
  • No. 3: 1978
  • No. 4: 1979
  • Autumn 1980
  • Winter 1981
  • Spring 1981
  • Summer 1981
  • Autumn 1981
  • Spring 1982
  • Apr/May 1982 [Falklands Special Edition]
  • Jun 1982
  • Oct 1982
  • Dec 1982
  • Winter 1982
  • Feb 1983
  • Apr 1983
  • Jul 1983
  • Oct 1983
  • Dec 1983
  • Spring 1984

1978-1984

    European Democratic Group, 1979-1992

The European Democratic Group was the European Parliament grouping to which the Conservative Party was affiliated between 1979-1992.

        Talking Europe, 1986-[ ]

Talking Europe was first published by the European Democratic Group and printed by Conservative Central Office in February 1986. Format: A5. Only 1 issue is so far held by the CPA]

PUB 263 Talking Europe: No. 1 13/02/1986

        European Conservative Brief, 1983-1988

European Conservative Brief provided a short summary of a single issue affecting Europe, in a 3-fold A4 format, published by the EDG

PUB 266 European Conservative Brief1983-1988

Comprises the following:-

  • No. 18: Europe and the Third World, Oct 1983
  • No. 19: The Social Fund, Oct 1983
  • The Single European Act, Jan 1988





Conservative Political Centre (local policy discussion groups), 1946-1989

Political Education within the Party was encouraged from the 1920s by the establishment of Conservative training colleges at Overstone, near Northampton in 1923, and at at Ashridge, near Berkhamsted in 1929, and by an Education Committee which was set up in the 1930s and formally constituted as an Advisory Committee of the National Union from 1937. After the War, RA Butler sought to revitalise political education and encourage the discussion of policy-making at all levels within the Party by setting up the Conservative Political Centre in December 1945. The National Advisory Committee on Political Education (subsequently re-named the CPC National Advisory Committee) was also set up to maintain liaison between the National Union and the Conservative Political Centre.

The purpose of the CPC was 'to heighten political awareness generally amongst the rank and file, and to give them the confidence to face the challenge of socialism on equal terms.' The CPC structure reflected that of the National Union, with Area and constituency level committees. Weekly discussion topics were set by the Centre, with reports back from local branches. In 1999 the CPC changed its name to the Conservative Policy Forum, but its basic purpose of facilitating discussion of policy and feeding back to the Party leadership continues.

Related Material: [For the working papers of the Conservative Political Centre, see series: CCO 150]

    Newsletters, 1949-1981

         Objective - the Quarterly Newsletter of the C.P.C., 1949-1957

Objective was first published by the CPC in January 1949, under the editorship of Richard Bailey (1949-1953) and Joan Barnes (1954-1957), and was intended to provide information on national and Area activities to CPC members, and include articles on the technique and methods of political education. From issue no. 9 [Feb 1951] Objective was titled 'The Journal of the C.P.C' and from issue no. 10 [June 1951] its format changed from octavo to quarto, but its content remained otherwise unchanged.

PUB 197/1 Objective, Nos. 1-10 Jan 1949-Jun 1951
PUB 197/2 Objective, Nos. 11-25 Jan 1952-Jul 1957

        CPC Monthly Report, 1965-1975

The CPC Monthly Report was edited by Ben Patterson of the CPC, and was free to CPC subscribers. The foreword to the first edition, states: 'The publication of the CPC Monthly Report marks a new stage in the development of the CPC as the political activity wing of the Party. Throughout this past year it has been the aim of all of us in the CPC to strengthen this aspect of the Party's work in two particular ways. First, we have sought to widen the channels of communication between the constituencies and the leadership. The number of discussion groups sending monthly Two-Way Movement Reports has grown dramatically, and it is now true to say that thousands of people up and down the country are participating directly in the re-shaping of Party policy. Secondly, CPC groups in constituencies have been urged to expand their activities in other directions as well - in particular, to provide forums in which younger on the fringe of party politics can discuss the issues which concern them. Here, too, the response has been immensely encouraging. CPC groups, supper clubs and political committees have multiplied. A great deal remains to be done, but the progress in making ourselves more politically aware at every level through the Party is undeniable. This new Monthly Report now meets a third need: the need for CPC workers in different areas to know what is going on throughout the CPC movement, to know what ideas are being discussed and debated, and to know, too, what people outside the Party are writing and arguing about. That is why the Report will contain not just news about past and future CPC activities, but also digests of pamphlets and articles which could be interest to thinking Conservatives. In short, our new monthly bulletin aims to provide an information service. A good service is one which aims to satisfy. So the more comments and ideas we can have from readers on this new project, the better it should do its job.'

The CPC Monthly Report superseded the CPC Reference Digest [for which, see series: CCO 4: Subject Files, 1921-1978], which was produced from c.Jan 1953-May 1965. The CPC Reference Digest consisted simply of a diary of the main news and parliamentary events of the previous month, along with the main newspaper headlines divided by party political, economic, social, Commonwealth, and foreign, along with latest official statistics.

PUB 148/1 CPC Monthly, Nos. 1-60 [bound]

Includes, bound into the back of the volume:-

  • 'Reform of Taxation and investment incentives' - report of the Greater London Area CPC Study Group, ND
  • 'Too old at 40?' - report of the North West Area CPC Study Group, ND
  • CPC Broadsheet: 'Rising Standards: opportunities for the middle-income groups' by Reginald Eyre, MP, ND
  • CPC Broadsheet: 'Special Canvassing Teams: the role of the CPC in contacting the "floating voter", ND
  • CPC Broadsheet: 'Abortion: a look at the facts in the context of modern society', by DP Christine Beazley, Vice-chairman, Political Committee, Bexley Conservative Association, ND

Oct 1965-Dec 1970
PUB 148/2 CPC Monthly, Nos. 61-102 [loose]

Includes:-

  • CPC Broadsheet: 'Communications between the Government and the people' - report by the South-Eastern Area, CPC, ND

Dec 1971-Jan 1975

        CPC News-Link, 1978-1981

CPC News-Link was a four-page, A4 printed newsletter for CPC members throughout the country. It first appeared in December 1978 and was produced every 3-6 months.

PUB 178/50 CPC News-Link, Nos. 1-6 Dec 1978-Feb 1981

    Discussion briefs for local CPC policy discussion groups, 1946-1989

         Topic for To-day, 1946-1947; 1949-1951

Topic for To-day was 'a series of factual background pamphlets prepared for the Conservative Political Centre for use by speakers, discussion groups and students of politics', and formed the basis of the CPC's programme for encouraging discussion of Party policy by local discussion groups under its direction. Each pamphlet consisted of between 4-8 pages, and focussed on a single issue. It began publication in 1946, but a note at the end of Topic for To-day No. 11 [1947] of the first series states, 'A new series, Inside Industry, is in preparation to succeed Topic for To-day'. For Inside Industry, see below. Topic for Today resumed publication with a new series from 1949.

PUB 200 Topic for To-day: Old Series Nos. 1-11 and New Series Nos. 1-30 [bound]

Includes:-

  • Old Series Nos. 1-11:-
    • No. 1: Men and Jobs: the problem of Man-power, ND [c.1946]
    • No. 2: Britain's Pay-Packet: the wealth of hte Nation, ND [c.1946]
    • No. 3: Shares in Prosperity: the division of the Nation's Income, ND [c.1946]
    • No. 4: Family Budgets: spending habits of the People, ND [c.1946]
    • No. 5: The Nation's Food Bill: A hundred years of change, ND [c.1947]
    • No. 6: Consumers' Spending: the private purchases of the Nation, ND [c.1947]
    • No. 7: "In Short Supply": Scarce goods and controlled buying, ND [c.1947]
    • No. 8: The Enjoyment of Life: what we spend on relaxations, ND [c.1947]
    • No. 9: Paying Our Way: the balance of payments, ND [c.1947]
    • No. 10: Export or Die: Britain's export trade, ND [c.1947]
    • No. 11: The World's Biggest Customer: Britain's imports, ND [c.1947]
  • New Series Nos. 1-30:-
    • No. 1: Devaluation, Oct 1949
    • No. 2: The Pound faces the Dollar, Nov 1949 [CPC no. 63]
    • No. 3: His Majesty's Opposition: I - Origins and Organisation, Jul 1950 [CPC no. 69]
    • No. 4: His Majesty's Opposition: II - Practice and Purpose, Jul 1950 [CPC no. 70]
    • No. 5: Your Trade Union, Jul 1950 [CPC no. 71]
    • No. 6: Miniature Biographies No. 1: Mr Churchill, Jul 1950 [CPC no. 72]
    • No. 7: You and the Budget: I - What the Budget Does, Jul 1950 [CPC no. 73]
    • No. 8: You and the Budget: II - How the Government gets your money, Jul 1950 [CPC no. 74]
    • No. 9: You and the Budget: III - How the Government spends your money, Jul 1950 [CPC no. 75]
    • No. 10: Real aims of Socialism, ND [c.Aug 1950] [CPC no. 77]
    • No. 11: The Balance of Payments and External Aid, Aug 1950 [CPC no. 78]
    • No. 12: The Cost of Living, ND [c. Sep 1950] [CPC no. 79]
    • No. 13: Agricultural Marketing, ND [c.Sep 1950] [CPC no. 80]
    • No. 14: Home Food Prices: the February Price Review, ND [c. Sep 1950] [CPC no. 81]
    • No. 15: Conservatives and Local Government, Oct 1950 [CPC no. 82]
    • No. 16: Miniature Biographies No. 2: Mr Eden, ND [c.Oct 1950] [CPC no. 83]
    • No. 17: National Minimum Wage for Agriculture, ND [c.Oct 1950] [CPC no. 84]
    • No. 18: The Young Conservative and Unionist Organisation, ND [c.Oct 1950] [CPC no. 87]
    • No. 19: History of the Party Organisation, ND [c. Oct 1950] [CPC no. 91]
    • No. 20: The Organisation of the Conservative and Unionist Party, ND [c.Oct 1950] [CPC no. 92]
    • No. 21: Profit-Sharing and Co-Partnership, ND [c.Oct 1950] [CPC no. 93]
    • No. 22: [Vacant: 'Joint Consultation' was announced but never appeared]
    • No. 23: [Vacant: 'Incentive' was announced but never appeared]
    • No. 24: Monopolies and the Conservative Party, ND [c.Feb 1951] [CPC no. 101]
    • No. 25: The Working of the Education Act of 1944, ND [c.Feb 1951] [CPC no. 102]
    • No. 26: The Conservative Way of Life, by Angus Maude MP, ND [c. May 1951] [CPC no. 103]
    • No. 27: Churchill: Architect of Peace, by Julian Amery MP, ND [c.Apr 1951] [CPC no. 104]
    • No. 28: General Eisenhower's Command, by Major PW Hodgens MC, ND [c.May 1951] [CPC no. 107]
    • No. 29: Communism in the Trade Unions, ND [c.May 1951] [CPC no. 200]
    • No. 30: Road Haulage, ND [c.May 1951] [CPC no. 113]

1946-1947; 1949-1951
PUB 161/5-12; PUB 162/9-12 Topic for To-day: Old Series Nos. 2-11 [Unbound copies]

[All duplicates of PUB 200, above]

  • PUB 161/5: No. 2: Britain's Pay-Packet: the wealth of the Nation, ND [c.1946]
  • PUB 161/6: No. 3: Shares in Prosperity: the division of the Nation's Income, ND [c.1946]
  • PUB 161/8: No. 4: Family Budgets: spending habits of the People, ND [c.1946]
  • PUB 161/9: No. 5: The Nation's Food Bill: A hundred years of change, ND [c.1947]
  • PUB 161/10: No. 6: Consumers' Spending: the private purchases of the Nation, ND [c.1947]
  • PUB 161/11: No. 7: "In Short Supply": Scarce goods and controlled buying, ND [c.1947]
  • PUB 161/12: No. 8: The Enjoyment of Life: what we spend on relaxations, ND [c.1947]
  • PUB 162/9: No. 9: Paying Our Way: the balance of payments, ND [c.1947]
  • PUB 162/10: No. 10: Export or Die: Britain's export trade, ND [c.1947]
  • PUB 162/11: No. 11: The World's Biggest Customer: Britain's imports, ND [c.1947]
1946-1947
PUB 163/6-23; PUB 164/8-16 Topic for Today: New Series Nos. 1-30 [Unbound copies]

[All duplicates of PUB 200, above]

  • PUB 163/6: No. 1: Devaluation, Oct 1949
  • PUB 163/7: No. 2: The Pound faces the Dollar, Nov 1949 [CPC no. 63]
  • PUB 163/8: No. 3: His Majesty's Opposition: I - Origins and Organisation, Jul 1950 [CPC no. 69]
  • PUB 163/9: No. 4: His Majesty's Opposition: II - Practice and Purpose, Jul 1950 [CPC no. 70]
  • PUB 163/10: No. 5: Your Trade Union, Jul 1950 [CPC no. 71]
  • PUB 163/11: No. 6: Miniature Biographies No. 1: Mr Churchill, Jul 1950 [CPC no. 72]
  • PUB 163/12: No. 7: You and the Budget: I - What the Budget Does, Jul 1950 [CPC no. 73]
  • PUB 163/13: No. 8: You and the Budget: II - How the Government gets your money, Jul 1950 [CPC no. 74]
  • PUB 163/14: No. 9: You and the Budget: III - How the Government spends your money, Jul 1950 [CPC no. 75]
  • PUB 163/15: No. 10: Real aims of Socialism, ND [c.Aug 1950] [CPC no. 77]
  • PUB 163/16: No. 11: The Balance of Payments and External Aid, Aug 1950 [CPC no. 78]
  • PUB 163/17: No. 12: The Cost of Living, ND [c. Sep 1950] [CPC no. 79]
  • PUB 163/18: No. 13: Agricultural Marketing, ND [c.Sep 1950] [CPC no. 80]
  • PUB 163/19: No. 14: Home Food Prices: the February Price Review, ND [c. Sep 1950] [CPC no. 81]
  • PUB 163/20: No. 15: Conservatives and Local Government, Oct 1950 [CPC no. 82]
  • PUB 163/21: No. 16: Miniature Biographies No. 2: Mr Eden, ND [c.Oct 1950] [CPC no. 83]
  • PUB 163/22: No. 17: National Minimum Wage for Agriculture, ND [c.Oct 1950] [CPC no. 84]
  • PUB 163/23: No. 18: The Young Conservative and Unionist Organisation, ND [c.Oct 1950] [CPC no. 87]
  • PUB 164/8: No. 19: History of the Party Organisation, ND [c. Oct 1950] [CPC no. 91]
  • PUB 164/9: No. 20: The Organisation of the Conservative and Unionist Party, ND [c.Oct 1950] [CPC no. 92]
  • PUB 164/10: No. 21: Profit-Sharing and Co-Partnership, ND [c.Oct 1950] [CPC no. 93]
  • PUB 164/11: No. 24: Monopolies and the Conservative Party, ND [c.Feb 1951] [CPC no. 101]
  • PUB 164/12: No. 25: The Working of the Education Act of 1944, ND [c.Feb 1951] [CPC no. 102]
  • PUB 164/13: No. 26: The Conservative Way of Life, by Angus Maude MP, ND [c. May 1951] [CPC no. 103]
  • PUB 164/14: No. 27: Churchill: Architect of Peace, by Julian Amery MP, ND [c.Apr 1951] [CPC no. 104]
  • PUB 164/15: No. 28: General Eisenhower's Command, by Major PW Hodgens MC, ND [c.May 1951] [CPC no. 107]
  • PUB 164/16: No. 30: Road Haulage, ND [c.May 1951] [CPC no. 113]
1949-1951

        What do you think? series Discussion Briefs, 1946-1950

PUB 161/13 What do you think? Facts and ideas for discussion groups and students: Anthony Eden talks with you about UNO Aug. 1946
PUB 161/14 What do you think? Facts and ideas for discussion groups and students: Norman Crump talks with you about profit Aug. 1946
PUB 161/15 What do you think? Facts and ideas for discussion groups and students: C.J.M. Alport talks with you about conservative principles Sept. 1946
PUB 161/16 What do you think? Facts and ideas for discussion groups and students: Anthony Hurd talks with you about agriculture Oct. 1946
PUB 161/17 What do you think? Facts and ideas for discussion groups and students: Derek Walker-Smith talks with you about housing Nov. 1946
PUB 161/18 What do you think? Facts and ideas for discussion groups and students: Lord Cranborne talks with you about the Commonwealth and Empire Jan. 1947
PUB 161/19 What do you think? Facts and ideas for discussion groups and students: David Clarke talks with you about trade unions Feb. 1947
PUB 161/20 What do you think? Facts and ideas for discussion groups and students: Nigel Birch talks with you about the future of Germany Sept. 1947
PUB 161/21 What do you think? Facts and ideas for discussion groups and students: "Councillor" talks with you about local government Sept. 1947
PUB 161/22 What do you think? Facts and ideas for discussion groups and students: R.A. Butler talks with you about the Industrial Charter Sept. 1947
PUB 161/23 What do you think? Facts and ideas for discussion groups and students: Derick Heathcoat Amory talks with you about the Workers' Charter Sept. 1947
PUB 161/24 What do you think? Facts and ideas for discussion groups and students: Oliver Stanley talks with you about taxation c.Sept. 1947
PUB 162/12 What do you think? Facts and ideas for discussion groups and students: Colonel Lancaster talks with you about coal Feb. 1948
PUB 162/13 What do you think? Facts and ideas for discussion groups and students: Harold Macmillan talks with you about economic recovery Feb. 1948
PUB 162/14 What do you think? About Communism. Facts and ideas for discussion groups and students: with a factual background by the British Society for International Understanding and a commentary by Christopher Hollis Sept. 1948
PUB 162/15 What do you think? About the Agricultural Charter, by Sir Thomas Dugdale Sept. 1948
PUB 162/16 What do you think? About Property Owning Democracy. Some facts and ideas for discussion groups, by David Eccles Oct. 1948
PUB 162/17 What do you think? About Bureaucracy. Some facts and ideas for discussion groups, by John Boyd-Carpenter Jan. 1949
PUB 162/18 What do you think? About Western Union. Some facts and ideas for discussion groups, by Robert Boothby Jan. 1949
PUB 162/19 What do you think? About the Nationalisation of Steel. Some facts and ideas for discussion groups, by Hugh Fraser Jan. 1949
PUB 163/24 What do you think? About Education. Some facts and ideas for discussion groups, by Hugh Linstead c.1949
PUB 163/26 What do you think? Guide for discussion groups studying the Right Road for Britain Sept. 1949
PUB 164/17 What do you think? More about the trade unions, by David Clarke Nov. 1950

        Inside Industry, 1948-1950

PUB 162/2 Inside Industry: Coal Sep 1948
PUB 162/3 Inside Industry: Steel Dec 1948
PUB 163/3 Inside Industry: Wool ND [c. 1949]
PUB 163/4 Inside Industry: Cotton Jan 1950
PUB 163/5 Inside Industry: Shipbuilding Nov 1950
PUB 164/6 Inside Industry: Distribution Dec 1950

        What we think series, 1948-1949

PUB 161/28 What we think... the report of the third phase of the two-way movement of ideas on coal, economic recovery and certain continued subjects: Industrial Charter, Workers' Charter, Local Government Nov. 1948
PUB 162/33 What We Think About the Agricultural Charter: a report on the fourth phase of the two-way movement of ideas June 1949
PUB 162/34 What We Think About the Property-Owning Democracy: a report on the fourth phase of the two-way movement of ideas June 1949
PUB 163/30 What we think: report on the fifth phase of the two-way movement of ideas on bureaucracy, steel and Western union Nov. 1949

        CPC Discussion Series, 1951-1953

PUB 164/3 CPC Discussion Series: Employment, by John B. Wood, with a foreword by R.F. Harrod Sept. 1951
PUB 164/4 CPC Discussion Series: Agricultural Marketing, by G.R.H. Nugent, MP Sept. 1951
PUB 164/5 CPC Discussion Series: The Care of Old People, by Kenneth Thompson, MP, John Vaughn-Morgan, MP, and Angus Maude, MP Sept. 1952
PUB 165/2 CPC Discussion Series: Personal Savings - the problem of thrift, by David Dear Sept. 1953

         Two-Way Topic, 1956-1964

Two-Way Topic began on 1st October, 1956, and followed on from the earlier Topic for To-day (1946-1951), for which, see above.

The purpose of the Two-Way Topic series is summarised in an article by Joan Barnes published in the July 1957 issue of Objective - the Journal of the Conservative Political Centre [issue no. 25]. In it she states that, 'A Two-Way Topic is issued on the first of each month. It is a four-page leaflet (originally roneoed, but now printed) which gives background information on a subject of urgent topical interest, followed by a short reading list and questions for discussion. The remaining pages are left blank for groups to give their answers to the questions. A copy is sent each month to every CPC member and discussion groups can obtain additional copies from their constituency agent. The choice of subject is made at the latest possible moment - sometimes the very morning that the topic has to be written and sent off to the printers. The questions are designed to discover people's general attitude to the subject under discussion, to collect their suggestions and ideas on future policy and to stimulate thought and discussion beyond the material contained in the topic and, we hope, beyond the confines of the discussion groups itself.

Both Ten-Minute Topic and its supplement from 1960,Two-Way Topic (for which, see below) appear to have ceased publication following the 1964 General Election.

Related Material: Summaries of responses to some of the Two-Way Topic's listed below have survived - see Shelfmark: CCO 4/9/111 and Series CCO 150.

PUB 196/1 Two-Way Topic, Nos. 1-38

Includes:-

  • No. 1: Wages and Inflation [Oct 1956]
  • No. 2: The New Socialism? [Nov 1956]
  • No. 3: Rent Reform [Dec 1956]
  • No. 4: Britain and the European Market [Feb 1957]
  • No. 5: Anglo-American Relations [Mar 1957]
  • No. 6: The Opportunity State [Apr 1957]
  • No. 7: Deterrents and Defence [May 1957]
  • No. 8: Provision for Old Age [Jun 1957]
  • No. 9: Eleven-Plus and All That [Jul/Aug 1957]
  • No. 10: New Deal for Local Government [Sep 1957]
  • No. 11: The Economy and the Unions [Oct 1957]
  • No. 12: Two Kinds of Satellite [Nov 1957]
  • No. 13: House of Lords Reform [Dec 1957/Jan 1958]
  • No. 14: Liberal Votes and Liberal Values [Feb 1958]
  • No. 15: Empire into Commonwealth [Mar 1958]
  • No. 16: The Support to Agriculture [Apr 1958]
  • No. 17: The Budget and Beyond [May 1958]
  • No. 18: The Soviet Challenge Today [Jun/Jul 1958]
  • No. 19: The Power of Labour [Aug/Sep 1958]
  • No. 20: Onward in Freedom [Oct 1958]
  • No. 21: Our Plan for Pensions [Nov 1958]
  • No. 22: Crime and Punishment [Dec 1958/Jan 1959]
  • No. 23: New Needs in National Health [Feb 1959]
  • No. 24: Remedies for Unemployment [Mar 1959]
  • No. 25: Nationalisation Galore [Apr 1959]
  • No. 26: Shareholding for All [May 1959]
  • No. 27: Nuclear Negotiation [Jun/Jul 1959]
  • No. 28: Towards a Free Trade Area [Aug/Sep 1959]
  • No. 29: The Use of Leisure [Nov 1959]
  • No. 30: Early for Christmas [Dec 1959/Jan 1960]
  • No. 31: Fifteen to Eighteen [Feb 1960]
  • No. 32: The Wind of Change [Mar 1960]
  • No. 33: Germany and the West [Apr 1960]
  • No. 34: Reorganising the Railways [May 1960]
  • No. 35: Traffic on the Road [Jun/Jul 1960]
  • No. 36: The New Export Drive [Aug/Sep 1960]
  • No. 37: The Licensing Laws [Oct 1960]
  • No. 38: Review of Central Africa [Nov 1960]

Oct 1956-Nov 1960
PUB 196/2 Two-Way Topic, Nos. 39-64 [Incomplete]

Note: Two-Way Topic Nos. 39-47 previously formed part of PUB 74C, being a volume containing miscellaneous Party leaflets and pamplets published during 1961. Nos. 67-73 previously formed part of PUB 81, being a similar volume for 1964. Both of these and others in the same series were dismantled in 2012]. Nos. 51-53 & 55 were previously contained within CCO 4/9/110.

Includes:-

  • No. 39: The Young Offender [Dec 1960/Jan 1961]
  • No. 40: The Future of Broadcasting [Feb 1961]
  • No. 41: Welfare State Developments [Mar 1961]
  • No. 42: Farm Price Review [Apr 1961]
  • No. 43: Budget Strategy [May 1961]
  • No. 44: Britain and Europe [Jun/Jul 1961]
  • No. 45: Science and Society [Aug/Sep 1961]
  • No. 46: Immigrants into Britain [Oct 1961]
  • No. 47: Welfare of the Old [Nov 1961]
  • No. 48: A Shoppers' Charter [Dec 1961/Jan 1962]
  • [Nos. 49-50: vacant]
  • No. 51: Smoking and Health [Apr 1962]
  • No. 52: Earning our Living [May 1962]
  • No. 53: The Liberal Left [Jun/Jul 1962]
  • [No. 54: vacant]
  • No. 55: Report on the Press [Oct 1962]
  • [Nos. 56-66: vacant]
  • No. 67: British Overseas Aid [Jan 1964]
  • No. 68: Traffic in Towns [Feb 1964]
  • No. 69: Shops and Prices [Mar 1964]
  • No. 70: Metropolis and Regions [Apr/May 1964]
  • No. 71: Misbehaving Mods & Rockers [Jun/Jul 1964]
  • No. 72: The New Commonwealth [Aug/Sep 1964]
  • No. 73: Socialist Beginnings [Nov/Dec 1964]

Dec 1960/Jan 1961-Dec 1964

        Ten-Minute Topic, 1960-1964

The production of the Ten-Minute Topic series supplemented and took the same format as, Two-Way Topic (for which, see above). The introduction to the first Topic, in August 1960, states, 'This leaflet introduces a new CPC scheme which will enable opinions throughout the Party to be more widely sounded on topical subjects under the Two-Way Movement of Ideas. It is an extension of the successful Two-Way Topic scheme which began in 1956 and which enables us to collect the suggestions and views of scores of discussion groups all over the country. From 1st October 1960, we shall produce each month, not only the usual Two-Way Topic for discussion groups, but also a Ten-Minute Topic designed especially for use by branch meetings. Both will be on the same subject, but the Ten-Minute Topic will be shorter and simpler and contain only one or two 'spot' questions for answer. The answers are to be forwarded to the Area Political Education Officer to arrive by the last day of the month. They will be sent to the CPC, and a summary of opinions from both forms of the month's Topic - together with any outstanding individual points - will be brought to the immediate attention of the Party Chairman and of Ministers concerned with the subject under discussion.' Both Ten-Minute Topic and Two-Way Topic appear to have ceased publication following the 1964 General Election.

PUB 196/3 Ten-Minute Topic, Nos. 1-36 [Incomplete]

Note: Ten-Minute Topic Nos. 1-11 previously formed part of PUB 74C, being a volume containing miscellaneous Party leaflets and pamplets published during 1961. This volume and others in the same series was dismantled in 2012]. Nos. 15-17 & 19 previously formed part of CCO 4/9/110.

Includes:-

  • Introduction [Aug 1960]
  • No. 1: The Licensing Laws [Oct 1960]
  • No. 2: Review of Central Africa [Nov 1960]
  • No. 3: The Young Offender [Dec 1960/Jan 1961]
  • No. 4: The Future of Broadcasting [Feb 1961]
  • No. 5: Welfare State Developments [Mar 1961]
  • No. 6: Farm Price Review [Apr 1961]
  • No. 7: Budget Strategy [May 1961]
  • No. 8: Britain and Europe [Jun/Jul 1961]
  • No. 9: Science and Society [Aug/Sep 1961]
  • No. 10: Immigrants into Britain [Oct 1961]
  • No. 11: Welfare of the Old [Nov 1961]
  • [Nos. 12-14: vacant]
  • No. 15: Smoking and Health [Apr 1962]
  • No. 16: Earning our Living [May 1962]
  • No. 17: The Liberal Left [Jun/Jul 1962]
  • [No. 18: vacant]
  • No. 19: Report on the Press [Oct 1962]
  • [Nos. 20-30: vacant]
  • No. 31: British Overseas Aid [Jan 1964]
  • No. 32: Traffic in Towns [Feb 1964]
  • No. 33: Shops and Prices [Mar 1964]
  • No. 34: Metropolis and Regions [Apr/May 1964]
  • No. 35: Misbehaving Mods & Rockers [Jun/Jul 1964]
  • No. 36: The New Commonwealth [Aug/Sep 1964]

Aug 1960-Nov 1961; Jan 1964-Sep 1964

        Two-Way Movement: Questions for discussion on the future policy of the Conservative Party, 1965-1966

Related Material: [For summaries of local CPC discussion group responses to some of the Two-Way Movement questionnaires, 1965-1967, see Shelfmark: CCO 4/9/112][For Ministerial/Front Bench replies to the summary of local discussion group responses, 1965-1974, see Shelfmark: CCO 4/9/113]

PUB 259 Two-Way Movement: Nos. 1-7

Comprises:-

  • Programme for a Competitive Economy:-
    • No. 1: Restrictive Practices, Jan 1965
    • [No.2: VACANT]
    • No. 3: Taxation and Incentive: a) The individual: can we shift the burden?, Mar 1965
    • No. 4: Taxation and Incentive: b) Helping exports and company taxation, Apr 1965
    • [Nos. 5-6: VACANT]
    • No. 7: Prices and Incomes Policy, Jul 1965

1965

        Three-Way Contact Programme: Master Brief, 1966-1970

The CPC's 'Contact Programme' was launched at the 1966 Conservative Party Conference, as the CPC's major commitment to long-term election strategy. It replaced the previous Two-Way Topic and the Two-Way Movement of Ideas (for which, see above) with a more ambitious Three-Way Movement of Ideas which involved opinion-formers outside the Party, and coincided with the period of policy renewal following the 1966 general election defeat.

David Howell, Director of the CPC, introduced the CPC's new discussion programme in the foreword to the October 1966 issue of CPC Monthly Report: ...'the CPC is launching this Autumn a new Political Contact Programme stretching some way ahead and setting out various overall themes, each one to run for three months at a time. For instance, the theme for the three months November/December/January will be Economic Recovery, and Two-Way Movement papers will deal in each of these three months with different aspects of the main issue. Publicity material, basic factual pamphlets from our Research Department and material for background reading will all be geared to this programme. So will briefs for speakers at conferences and schools. So will the Young Conservative political discussions syllabus. Of course, no one is obliged to follow the centrally recommended theme. But it plainly helps all concerned, and makes a far bigger impact outside, if we all direct our thoughts and efforts along roughly the same lines.

From Jan 1967 the CPC Political Contact Programme became known as the Three-Way Contact Programme. Each Masterbrief was accompanied by shorter, leaflet-style briefs on the same subject, and set out 3-4 questions which the local CPC groups were to discuss and respond to. An introductory audio tape recording on each topic was also prepared and made available by the CPC, but none of these have survived in the Conservative Party Archive. Very few of these shorter briefs survive [see CCO 4/10/80]. The Contact Programme was re-modelled again following the Conservatives' return to power in 1970, at which point the Masterbrief (as it had become) was replaced with the Contact Brief (for which, see below).

PUB 134/24-33 Three-Way Contact Programme: Master Brief: Nos. 1-29 and 32-33

Comprises:-

  • PUB 134/24: Master Brief 1: Economic Recovery - Productivity Wages and the Trade Unions, Oct 1966
  • PUB 134/25: Master Brief 2: Economic Recovery - Investments, Incentives and Taxes, Nov 1966
  • PUB 134/26: Master Brief 3: Government Expenditure and the Nationalised Industries, Jan 1967
  • PUB 134/27: Masterbrief 4: Restoring Responsibility - Education and the Citizen, Feb 1967
  • PUB 134/28: Masterbrief 5: Restoring Responsibility - Responsibility in Welfare, Mar 1967
  • PUB 134/29: Masterbrief 6: Restoring Responsibility - Law and Order, Apr 1967
  • PUB 134/30: Masterbrief 7: Britain and Europe - Britain's Place in Europe, May 1967
  • PUB 134/30a: Masterbrief 8: Britain and Europe - What Joining Would Mean, Jun 1967
  • PUB 134/30b: Masterbrief 9: Britain and Europe - Britain, Europe & the World Aug 1967
  • PUB 134/30c: Masterbrief 10: Building a Better Britain - Better Housing, Oct 1967
  • PUB 134/30d: Masterbrief 11: Building a Better Britain - Planning Town and Country, Nov 1967
  • PUB 134/30e: Masterbrief 12: Building a Better Britain - Transport and Traffic, Dec 1967
  • PUB 134/30f: Masterbrief 13: Building a Better Britain - The Reform of Parliament, Feb 1968
  • PUB 134/30g: Masterbrief 14: The Reform of Government - The Reform of the Civil Service, Mar 1968
  • PUB 134/30h: Masterbrief 15: The Reform of Government - The Reform of Local Government, Apr 1968
  • PUB 134/31: Masterbrief 16: Social Problems - Problems of the Old, May 1968
  • PUB 134/32 Masterbrief 17: Social Problems - Morals and the State, Jun 1968
  • PUB 134/32a: Masterbrief 18: Social Problems - Immigration and Race, Aug 1968
  • PUB 134/32b: Masterbrief 19: A Free Economy - Trade Union Reform, Oct 1968
  • PUB 134/33: Masterbrief 20: A Free Economy - Fostering Enterprise - Three-way contact programme, Nov 1968
  • PUB 134/34: Masterbrief 21: A Free Economy - Denationalisation, Dec 1968
  • PUB 134/35: Masterbrief 22: Capital Owning Democracy - Stimulating Savings, Jan 1969
  • PUB 134/36: Masterbrief 23: Universities and Students, Mar 1969
  • PUB 134/37: Masterbrief 24: A Capital Owning Democracy - Home Ownership, Apr/May 1969
  • PUB 134/38 Masterbrief 25: A Free Society - Scaling Down Government, Jun/Jul 1969
  • PUB 134/39 Masterbrief 26: A Free Society - The Quality of Life, Aug/Sep 1969
  • PUB 134/40: Masterbrief 27: The Family - Women in Modern Society, Oct 1969
  • PUB 134/41: Masterbrief 28: The Family - Health, Oct 1969
  • PUB 134/42: Masterbrief 29: The Family - Children's Welfare, Nov 1969
  • [Masterbrief 30: Agriculture and Food, Feb 1970: VACANT]
  • [Masterbrief 31: The Great Divide - Taxation, Mar 1970: VACANT]
  • PUB 134/43: Masterbrief 32: The Great Divide - Strikes, Apr 1970
  • PUB 134/44: Masterbrief 33: The Great Divide - Housing, May 1970

1966-1970

        Contact Brief, 1970-1989

Following the Conservatives' return to government after the June 1970 general election, the CPC Contact Programme was re-modelled. The August 1970 issue of CPC Monthly Report discussed the need for these changes: 'To begin with, it is surely wise to retain the 'three-way' nature of CPC activities. A majority of 31 is not so massive that we can afford to retire once more into cosy, esoteric little groups, and let the mass of the usually uncommitted go their own ways. Whatever else the Opinion Polls failed to show, they certainly indicated volatility among the electorate. Clearly, we must also retain the 'two-way' flow of information between the Government and the Party. One has only to recall how quickly the euphoria of the 1959 victory gave way to charges that the Conservative Government was 'out of touch' to recognise the vital role of the CPC in this field. It is probable, however, that certain changes are needed in the structure of the Contact Programme, now that the long-term 'rethink' of Party policy has been replaced by the job of putting the results into effect. In the first place, the need is for a Contact Programme more adaptable to immediate political events. CPC groups must become watch-dogs: sensitive to the moods of the Party and the electorate as a whole, and to the Government's actions. This conclusion, indeed, emerged from the discussion on the CPC's future at the Oxford Summer School....Accordingly, the Contact Discussion Programme will take a slightly altered form when it restarts in September. The three-month overall theme will end; and so will the Masterbriefs. Both these were valuable in the context of long-term discussions, but inevitably limited the extent to which the programme could adapt to events. The CPC leaflet, on the other hand, can be written and printed rapidly; and this will in future be expanded into a larger, more comprehensive briefing document. The three discussion questions will remain; but we shall be in a better position to choose subjects which are topical. In this way, the CPC will be better able to keep its finger on the political pulse.'

The Contact Brief series retained its 3-fold leaflet format throughout its existence. Its numbering sequence began with No. 34, continuing the sequence used for the Masterbrief.

Related Material: [For duplicates of the Contact Brief series, see:-

[For summaries of local CPC discussion group responses to the Three-Way Contact discussion papers, 1967-1980, see Shelfmark: CCO 4/10/81] [For Ministerial/Front Bench replies to the summary of local discussion group responses, 1965-1974, see Shelfmark: CCO 4/9/113]

PUB 147/4 Contact Brief

Includes:-

  • No. 34: The Queen's Speech, Sep 1970
  • No. 35:The state of the economy, Oct 1970
  • No. 36: The Environment, Nov 1970
  • No. 37: Industrial Relations, Jan 1971
  • No. 38: Broadcasting, Feb 1971
  • No. 39: Housing and Rents, Apr 1971
  • No. 40: Public Transport, May 1971
  • No. 41: Furthering Tax Reform, Jun/Jul 1971
  • No. 42: The Common Market, Sep/Oct 1971
  • Young Conservatives' Contact Brief, The Common Market, Sep/Oct 1971
  • No. 43: Financing Local Government, Nov 1971
  • No. 44: Curing Unemployment, Dec 1971/Jan 1972
  • No. 45: Combating Crime, Feb 1972
  • No. 46: Educational Priorities, Mar 1972
  • No. 47: National Defence, Apr/May 1972
  • No. 48: The Health Service, Jun/Jul 1972
  • No. 49: Population and Pollution, Aug/Sep 1972
  • No. 50: Inheritance Tax, Oct 1972
  • No. 51: Fitting into Europe, Nov 1972
  • No. 52: Use of Leisure, Dec 1972/Jan 1973
  • No. 53: Tax Credit versus Poverty, Feb 1973
  • No. 54: Countering Inflation, Mar 1973
  • No. 55: Pensions for People, Apr/May 1973
  • No. 56: Housing and Land, Jun/Jul 1973
  • No. 57: Policy for Energy, Aug/Sep 1973
  • No. 58: Phase 3 and After, Oct 1973
  • No. 59: Women's Rights, Nov 1973
  • No. 60: Participation in Industry, Dec 1973/Jan 1974
  • No. 61: Policy Suggestions Box, Feb 1974
  • No. 62: Our Role in Opposition, Apr/May 1974
  • No. 63: Housing, Jun/Jul 1974
  • No. 64: Inflation, Aug/Sep 1974
  • No. 65: Education, Nov/Dec 1974
  • No. 66: Electoral Reform and Devolution, Jan 1975
  • No. 67: Economy in Local Government, Feb 1975
  • No. 68: Europe, Yes or No?, Mar/Apr 1975
  • No. 69: The Taxation of Capital and Wealth, May 1975
  • No. 70: Transport and Roads, Jun/Jul 1975
  • No. 71: Tories and Trade Unions, Aug/Sep 1975
  • No. 72: The National Health Service, Oct/Nov 1975
  • No. 73: Encouraging Small Businesses, Dec 1975/Jan 1976
  • No. 74: Terrorism versus Law and Order, Feb/Mar 1976
  • No. 75: Safeguarding Britain's Defences, Ap/May 1976
  • No. 76: Reforming Taxes and Benefits, Jun/Jul 1976
  • No. 77: Raising Educational Standards, Aug/Sep 1976
  • No. 78: Controlling Public Expenditure, Oct/Nov 1976
  • No. 79: Priorities in Housing, Dec 1976/Jan 1977
  • No. 80: Taxes for Tomorrow, Feb/Mar 1977
  • No. 81: Employee Participation, Apr/May 1977
  • No. 82: Financing Political Parties, Jun/Jul 1977
  • No. 83: Feeding the Nation, Aug/Sep 1977
  • No. 84: Pay, Prices and Jobs, Oct/Nov 1977
  • No. 85: Tomorrow's Transport, Dec 1977/Jan 1978
  • No. 86: The New Vandals, Feb/Mar 1978
  • No. 87: The Energy Outlook, Apr/May 1978
  • No. 88: Elections to Europe, Jun/Jul 1978
  • No. 89: Immigration and Race Relations, Aug/Sep 1978
  • No. 90: Job Creation, Oct/Nov 1978
  • No. 91: Focus on Further and Higher Education, Dec 1978/Jan 1979
  • No. 92: Overseas Aid, Feb/Mar 1979

Sep 1970-Feb/Mar 1979
PUB 147/5 Contact Brief, New Series

Includes:-

  • No. 1: The 1979 General Election, Jun/Jul 1979
  • No. 2: The Economic Outlook, Aug/Sep 1979
  • No. 3: Britain's Energy Resources, Oct/Nov 1979
  • No. 4: Containing Public Spending, Dec 1979/Jan 1980
  • No. 5: Re-organising the NHS, Feb/Mar 1980
  • No. 6: Europe in the 1980s, Apr/May 1980
  • No. 7: Wider Ownership, Jun/Jul 1980
  • No. 8: Focus on State Monopolies, Aug/Sep 1980
  • No. 9: Unemployment, Oct/Nov 1980
  • No. 10: Local Government Finance, Dec 1980/Jan 1981
  • CPC Euro-Discussion Brief, Trade and the Community Budget, Jan/Feb 1981
  • No. 11: Tax and the Married Couple, Feb/Mar 1981
  • No. 12: Government and the Unions, Apr/May 1981
  • No. 13: Support for the Disabled, Jun/Jul 1981
  • No. 14: Pensions: The Ways Ahead, Aug/Sep 1981
  • No. 15: CPC European Contact Brief: Energy Prospects for Europe, Oct/Nov 1981
  • No. 16: The Future for Education, Dec 1981/Jan 1982
  • No. 17: Creating New Jobs, Feb/Mar 1982
  • No. 18: Realism about Race, Apr/May 1982
  • No. 19: Modernising Britain's Defences, Jun/Jul 1982
  • No. 20: Crime and the Community, Aug/Sep 1982
  • No. 21: CPC European Contact Brief: The European Community and the Challenge to Free Trade, Oct/Nov 1982
  • No. 22: Housing, Dec 1982/Jan 1983
  • No. 23: Trade Union Reform, Feb/Mar 1983
  • No. 24: National Health Service (NHS), Apr/May 1983
  • No. 25: Transport, Aug/Sep 1983
  • No. 26: Overseas Development and Debt, Oct/Nov 1983
  • No. 27: The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), Dec 1983/Jan 1984
  • No. 28: Raising Standards in Education, Feb/Mar 1984
  • No. 29: Denationalisation, Apr/May 1984
  • No. 30: The 1984 Budget: The Way Ahead, Jun/Jul 1984
  • No. 31: Northern Ireland: Opportunities for Progress, Aug/Sep 1984
  • No. 32: The Police and the Public, Oct/Nov 1984
  • No. 33: The Unification of Europe, Dec 1984/Jan 1985
  • No. 34: Public Transport, Feb/Mar 1985
  • No. 35: Trading and Licensing: the case for change, Apr/May 1985
  • No. 36: Employment Prospects, Jun/Jul 1985
  • No. 37: The Reform of Social Security, Aug/Sep 1985
  • No. 38: Education: higher standards, better value, Oct/Nov 1985
  • No. 39: The Taxation of Husband and Wife, Dec 1985/Jan 1986
  • No. 40: Housing - building on success, Feb/Mar 1986
  • No. 41: An Alternative to Rates, Apr/May 1986
  • No. 42: Countering Crime, Jun/Jul 1986
  • No. 43: An Evolving Health Service, Aug/Sep 1986
  • No. 44: The Conduct of Local Government, Oct/Nov 1986
  • No. 45: Learning and Earning, Dec 1986/Jan 1987
  • No. 46: Outlook for Energy, Feb/Mar 1987
  • No. 47: Helping Small Businesses, Apr/May 1987
  • No. 48: The 1987 General Election, Jul/Sep 1987
  • No. 49: Housing - Inner Cities vs Green Belt, Oct/Nov 1987
  • No. 50: Britain's Manufacturing Future, Dec 1987/Jan 1988
  • No. 51: The Future of Welfare, Feb/Mar 1988
  • No. 52: The Content of Education, Apr/May 1988
  • No. 53: Caring for the Elderly, Jun/Jul 1988
  • No. 54: Prison and Penal Reform, Aug/Sep 1988
  • No. 55: Europe - 1992, Oct/Nov 1988

Jun 1979-Nov 1988
PUB 261 CPC Discussion Programme Contact Briefs - Third Series

Related Material: [For Summaries of local CPC discussion group responses to the 3rd series Three-Way Contact discussion programme, along with some Ministerial responses, see shelfmark: CCO 150/3/2/1]

Related Material: [For the 4th and final CPC Discussion Programme series, 1997-1998, see series: CCO 150/3/6]

Very few briefs from this series are held. Includes:-

  • No. 1: [VACANT]
  • No. 2: Protecting the Environment, Mar/Apr 1989
  • No. 3: [VACANT]
  • No. 4: Overseas Aid and Third World Development, Jul/Aug 1989
  • No. 5: [VACANT]
  • No. 6: East/West Relations, Nov/Dec 1989
  • No. 7: Policing, Jan/Feb 1990
  • No. 8: Britain and the European Community, Mar/Apr 1990
  • Nos. 9-30: [VACANT]
  • No. 31: Education: Choice and Diversity, Oct/Nov 1994

1989-c.1994




Conservative Policy Forum (local policy discussion groups), 1999-[ ]

The CPF continued the work which the CPC had hitherto been doing since 1945/6 in facilitating discussion of policy by the Party 'grass-roots' membership and feeding back to the Party leadership.

    Newsletters, 2002

         Real Solutions to Real Problems, 2002-2005

Real Solutions to Real Problems was the quarterly newsletter of the CPF. Each issue took a specific policy as a theme, and it presented a series of questions for local CPF discussion groups to consider and respond to, in the same way that the old CPC Discussion Briefs had done.

PUB 185/17 Real Solutions to Real Problems

Comprises:-

  • 2002 (Jan): Issue 1: The Health Debate
  • 2002 (Apr): Issue 2: The Transport Debate
  • 2002 (Aug): Issue 3: Tackling Youth Crime
  • 2002 (Nov): Issue 4: No Child Left Behind: the way ahead
  • 2003 (Feb): Issue 1: Communities, Not Regions
  • 2003 (May): Issue 2: Protecting our Environment
  • 2003 (Aug): Issue 3: The Pensions Crisis
  • 2003 (Nov): Issue 4: Britain's eroding Competitiveness
  • 2004 (Feb): Issue 1: A New Deal for Europe
  • 2004 (May): Issue 2: Effective Policing
  • 2005 (Jan): Issue 1: Housing and Planning
  • 2005 (Jun): Issue 2: Post Election Discussion
  • 2005 (Oct): Issue 3: The Future of the CPF

2002-2005

    Discussion briefs for local CPF policy discussion groups, 1999-[ ]

[Some CPF papers have been deposited with the CPA but have yet to be catalogued]

Related Material: For CPF discussion briefs, 2002-2005, see above: Real Solutions to Real Problems, shelfmark: PUB 185/17 For Front Bench responses to Summaries of local CPF discussion groups responses, 2002-2005, see: shelfmark: CCO 155/1/3/1





Information Technology, 1985-1986

    Conservative Computer Forum, [c1980s]

        Micro News, [1984]-[1989]

Micro News was a 16-page broadsheet format newsletter published by the Conservative Computer Forum between 1984 and 1989. Its editorial polices were:-

Related Material: Copies of Micro News are also held separately from the CPA in the main Bodleian bookstack and can be requested via SOLO.

PUB 267 Micro News

Comprises the following:-

  • No. 5: Spring 1985
  • No. 6: Summer 1985
  • No. 7: Autumn 1985
  • No. 8: Winter 1986
  • No. 9: Spring 1986
  • No. 10: Summer 1986

1985-1986




Health, 1988-2001

    Conservative Medical Society, [1980s]-2011

The Conservative Medical Society was established in 1975 as ‘an independent and national organisation whose overriding commitment is to put the care of patients as the top priority in the health services.’ [Source: Conservative Newsline (Apr 1988, no. 277) Shelfmark: PUB 126/2]. It promoted debate within the Conservative Party on health care, by holding meetings and publishing papers on health matters. Full membership was open to anyone with a professional health qualification, while Associate membership was available to those interested or involved with the development of improved health care throughout the United Kingdom. The Society was open to differing views, but committed to Conservative principles of freedom, quality and diversity - and to the principle that the NHS should remain as the provider of health care for all who need it, free at the point of delivery. in Jan 2011 the Society changed its name to Conservative Health.

Related Material: Papers of the Conservative Medical Society, c1990s-2000s have been deposited with the CPA but have not yet been catalogued.

        CMS Bulletin - The Newsletter of the Conservative Medical Society, [c.1986]-2001

The CMS Bulletin was a 4-page A4 format newsletter, produced quarterly by the CMS.

PUB 268 CMS Bulletin

Comprises the following:-

  • No. 11: Aug 1988
  • No. 13: Feb 1989
  • No. 14: Feb 1989
  • No. 15: Apr 1989
  • No. 17: Dec 1989

1988-1989
PUB 269 CMS Bulletin

Comprises the following:-

  • No. 24: Feb 1991
  • No. 25: Apr 1991
  • No. 26: Jun 1991
  • No. 27: Aug 1991
  • No. 28: Oct 1991
  • No. 29: Dec 1991
  • No. 30: Feb 1992
  • No. 31: Apr 1992
  • No. 32: Jun 1992
  • No. 33: Aug 1992
  • No. 34: Oct 1992
  • No. 35: Dec 1992
  • No. 36: Feb 1993
  • No. 37: Apr 1993
  • No. 38: Jun 1993
  • No. 39: Aug 1993
  • No. 40: Oct 1993
  • No. 41: Dec 1993
  • No. 42: Feb 1994
  • No. 43: Apr 1994
  • No. 44: Jun 1994
  • No. 45: Aug 1994
  • No. 46: Oct 1994
  • No. 47: Dec 1994
  • No. 48: Feb 1995
  • No. 49: Apr 1995
  • No. 50: Jun 1995
  • No. 51: Aug 1995
  • No. 52: Oct 1995
  • No. 53: Dec 1995
  • No. 54: Mar/Apr 1996
  • No. 55: Jun/Jul 1996
  • No. 56: Dec 1996
  • Nos. 57-60: [VACANT]
  • No. 61: Winter 1997
  • No. 62: [VACANT]
  • No. 63: Summer 1998
  • No. 64 [VACANT]
  • No. 65: Winter 1998
  • No. 66: Spring 1999
  • No. 67: Summer 1999
  • No. 68: Autumn 1999
  • No. 69: [VACANT]
  • No. 70: Summer 2000
  • No. 71: Autumn 2000
  • No. 72: Winter 2000/1
  • 2001 General Election issue

1991-2001

        CMS European Bulletin, 1994

The CMS European Bulletin was the same format as the CMS Bulletin and it is likely that it was produced for the duration of the 1994 European Election campaign only and was intended to mobilise CMS members to help with the campaign. The editorial to the first edition states that the Bulletin 'does not purport in any sense to represent an official Party view nor even the collective opinions of the Society, but is published as containing facts and opinions which merit consideration by the Conservative Party, the health professions and the wider public.'

PUB 270 CMS European Bulletin: No. 1 Mar 1994

        Ad hoc papers of the Conservative Medical Society, 1999

PUB 271 Dilemmas Facing Healthcare: Summary of papers given at the CMS Annual Symposium 08/05/1999




Other Political Parties, briefing on, 1965-1990

    What they are saying, 1965-1971

Produced by the Conservative Research Department and focused on the Labour Party.

PUB 90/38 What They Are Saying

Includes:-

  • Nos. 1-19 (1965-1966)
  • Nos. 1-9 (1966)
  • Nos. 1-2 (1966) (They Said It)
  • Nos. 1-15 (1968-1971)

1965-1971

    Insight on Labour - briefing by Conservative Research Department, 1982; 1987

Produced by the Conservative Research Department and focused on the Labour Party. A circular dated June 1982 concerning the introduction of Insight from Peter Cropper, Director of the Conservative Research Department states that, 'In the mid-seventies the Research Department used to produce a series on the Labour Party known as "What they are saying". We are now reviving this series in the form of separate "Insights" on Labour and on the Alliance Parties. These "Insight" papers will contain telling quotations from leading personalities in the Opposition Parties. They will appear at roughly quarterly intervals between now and the General Election.'

PUB 287 Insight on Labour

Comprises:-

  • 15/06/1982
  • 17/10/1983

1982-1983
PUB 296 Insight on Labour: profiles on key Labour politicians

Comprises:-

  • Profile of Neil Kinnock, Mar 1987
  • Profile of Roy Hattersley, Mar 1987
  • Profile of Denis Healey, Apr 1987
  • Profile of John Smith, Apr 1987
  • Profile of John Prescott, Apr 1987
  • Profile of Bryan Gould, May 1987
  • Profile of Denzil Davies, May 1987
  • Profile of Gerald Kaufman, May 1987

1987

    Insight on SDP and Liberals - briefing by Conservative Research Department, 1982; 1987

Produced by the Conservative Research Department and focused on the SDP/Liberal Alliance. See introduction to Insight on Labour, above, for more details. Presumably at some point this changed its name to Insight on the Alliance.

PUB 288 Insight on SDP and Liberals 28/05/1982
PUB 297 Insight on the 'Alliance': profiles on key Alliance politicians

Comprises:-

  • Profile of David Steel, Apr 1987
  • Profile of David Owen, Apr 1987
  • Profile of Roy Jenkins, May 1987
  • Profile of Shirley Williams, May 1987
  • Profile of the Liberal Left: Michael Meadowcroft, Paddy Ashdown & Simon Hughes, May 1987

1987

    Behind the Mask - The Social Democrats: Background Briefing on the SDP, 1982

Produced by the Organisation & Community Affairs Department of Conservative Central Office. A circular from Alan Garner, Director of Organisation & Community Affairs, accompanying the first edition states that, 'This is aimed at briefing our own Party activists and it is hoped that it will be widely circulated...Constituency Associations are asked to ensure that copies are widely circulated amongst constituency and branch officers, opinion former, etc.'

PUB 290 Behind the Mask - The Social Democrats

Includes:-

  • No. 1: Jan 1982
  • No. 2: Nov 1982

1982

    Labour Briefing, 1987-1990

Produced by the Conservative Research Department.

PUB 294 Labour Briefing

Includes:-

  • No. 1: Week ending 24/07/1987
  • No. 2: Week ending 25/09/1987

1987
PUB 91/5 Labour Briefing

Includes:-

  • No. 55: Feb-Jul 1990
  • No. 56: Week ending 27/07/1990
  • No. 57: Fortnight ending 10/08/1990
  • No. 58: Fortnight ending 24/08/1990
  • No. 59: Fortnight ending 07/09/1990

1990

    Alliance Briefing, 1987

Produced by the Conservative Research Department.

PUB 295 Alliance Briefing

Includes:-

  • No. 1: Week ending 24/07/1987
  • No. 2: Week ending 25/09/1987

1987

     Let Down By Labour series, 2004

PUB 233/1/1 No. 1 Let Down By Labour: The Real Labour Manifesto 2004
PUB 233/1/2 No. 2 Let Down By Labour on Tax 2004
PUB 233/1/3 No. 3 Let Down By Labour: on Immigration and Asylum 2004
PUB 233/1/4 No. 4 Let Down By Labour: on Health 2004
PUB 233/1/5 No. 5 Let Down By Labour: on Education 2004
PUB 233/1/6 No. 6 Let Down By Labour: on Crime 2004
PUB 233/1/7 No. 7 Let Down By Labour: on Pensions 2004



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