Speeches: House of Commons: speech notes (some by WSC as First Lord of the Admiralty) and other material.

Reference code: CHAR 9/135A-B

Part of: CHAR 9
Next record: CHAR 9/136
Previous record: CHAR 9/134A-B

Date: 19 May 1939 - 06 Dec 1939

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Notes for an unused speech by WSC (prepared for 8 May) on conscription and the Military Training Bill.

Notes for WSC's speech (19 May) on relations with the Soviet Union and Poland, and the effect of an agreement with the Soviet Union on relations with other European nations. Published: Complete Speeches VI pp 6117-23.

Notes for WSC's speech (23 May) on his objections to the White Paper on Palestine, and the legacy of the Balfour declaration [supporting a Jewish national home in Palestine]. Published: Complete Speeches VI pp 6128-37 [further notes in CHAR 9/136].

Notes for WSC's speech (2 August) supporting the early recall of Parliament from its summer adjournment, pointing to the dangers to European security posed by Germany, and commenting on the historical importance of the House of Commons. Also includes relevant extract from Hansard. Published: Complete Speeches VI pp 6145-9.

Notes for WSC's speech (3 September) on the outbreak of war, which includes the phrases "the storms of war may blow and the lands may be lashed with the fury of its gales" and "We are fighting to save the whole world from the pestilence of Nazi tyranny". Published: Complete Speeches VI pp 6152-3.

Notes for WSC's speech (26 September) on the war at sea: the U-boat threat, the convoy system, and the sinking of HMS Courageous and other ships. Published: Complete Speeches VI pp 6156-60.

Notes for WSC's speech (8 November) on the war at sea: the sinking of HMS Royal Oak and U-boat activity. Also includes relevant extract from Hansard. Published: Complete Speeches VI pp 6167-71.

Notes for WSC's speech (6 December) on the war at sea: U-boats, pocket battleships, and naval losses. Also includes relevant extract from Hansard and cuttings from the Times and Manchester Guardian reporting WSC's speech. Published: Complete Speeches VI pp 6175-9.

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CHAR 9/135A/113-124 Speaking notes for WSC's speech supporting the early recall of Parliament from its summer adjournment, pointing to the dangers to European security posed by Germany, and commenting on the historical importance of the House of Commons. 02 Aug 1939