Public and Political: General: Political: Correspondence E-F (almost all material dates from 1950).

Reference code: CHUR 2/96A-B

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Date: Nov 1946 - Dec 1950

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Correspondents include: Patrick Buchan-Hepburn [later 1st Lord Hailes, Conservative Chief Whip] (3); David Eccles (4); Stephen Pierssene, General Director, Conservative and Unionist Central Office; various representatives of the Conservative Research Department, including Peter Goldman (5); Walter Elliot on visiting Chaim Weizmann [President of Israel] and Scottish matters (2); James Thomas [later 1st Lord Cilcennin, Vice-Chairman of Conservative and Unionist Party] (4); Sir Malcolm Trustram Eve [later 1st Lord Silsoe]; Percy Cox [agent for WSC's farms]; 1st Lord Woolton [earlier Frederick Marquis, Chairman, Conservative and Unionist Central Office] (4); Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin; Denis Rickett [Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister Clement Attlee]; Attlee (4); Sir Arnold Gridley [Chairman 1922 Committee] (4), "Bobbety" [5th Lord Salisbury, earlier Robert Gascoyne Cecil and Lord Cranborne], and Edward Keeling (3), on a dinner celebrating the 50th anniversary of WSC entering parliament; Leonard Ropner, Chairman, Conservative and Unionist Films Association, on propaganda films (2); Walter Fletcher; Henry Strauss [later 3rd Lord Conesford] (2); Emanuel Shinwell [Minister of Fuel and Power until October 1947] (2) and Sir Herbert Williams on fuel and power shortages in 1946 and 1947; Sir David Maxwell Fyfe [later 1st Lord Kilmuir] on labour matters and standing for Lord Rector of the University of Glasgow [Scotland] (2). Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from: secretaries Elizabeth Gilliatt, Jane Portal [later Lady Williams of Elvel], Grace Hamblin, Chips Gemmell, Jo Sturdee ("N S") [later Lady Onslow] and Lettice Marston [later Lettice Shillingford]; Duncan Sandys; Christopher Soames.

Other subjects include: parliamentary matters, including WSC speaking in the House of Commons; European affairs; the 1950 election campaign; electoral reform; attracting the Liberal vote; the situation in Indonesia [earlier Dutch East Indies]; equal pay for women; Estonian affairs; Conservative Party matters, including Andrew Fountaine's candidacy at Chorley [Lancashire]; arrangements for Eve of Session dinners; agricultural policy, including the views of Harry Ferguson; matters concerning the Festival of Britain; re-arming Germany; the Klaus Fuchs case.

Also includes: cuttings, including articles by Eccles and Fyfe; Conservative Party material, including drafts and proofs of a Conservative election leaflet, papers on equal pay and fuel and power, and report of the Executive Committee; details of WSC's election engagements, expenses, and of election broadcasts; 1944 government paper on employment policy; text of WSC's address to Essex voters (15 December 1932); Festival of Britain material; an anti-Labour poem; list of those at above dinners and menu for the 50th Jubilee meal; notes on foreign policy and the Cold War for WSC's use.

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Open, except for folios 268 and 273-4 which have been removed on grounds of data protection due to presence of sensitive personal information about a living individual until 1 January 2026.

Physical: 2 files (333 loose folios - closed material in a separate file)
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