Speeches: Non-House of Commons: Speech notes and source material.

Reference code: CHUR 5/61A-C

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Date: 08 Jan 1957 - 06 Nov 1957

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Speech notes for WSC's speech (14 January, meeting of constituency branch chairmen, 28 Hyde Park Gate) on subjects including: the work done in the constituencies; the resignation of Sir Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon] as Prime Minister; the decision by the United States to play a greater part in the Middle East and their relations with Britain; emergency steps to strengthen the economy; the need to support the new government. Source material includes draft notes by Anthony Montague Browne [Private Secretary to WSC] and W Hubert Barlow-Wheeler, [Secretary and Agent for Woodford Conservative Association, Essex] on WSC's own future as an MP and the economic situation, and a Conservative Research Department note on the new Middle Eastern policy of the United States.

Speech notes for WSC's speech (3 May, Primrose League Rally, [Albert Hall, London]) entitled "The Primrose League" on subjects including: a tribute to Eden; the unhelpful attitude of the United Nations [on Egypt]; support needed for Harold Macmillan [later 1st Lord Stockton] as Prime Minister; improvements under Conservative government, including tax cuts and improved housing, and the need to pay for these improvements with increased exports; the latest Budget; a welcome to 2nd Lord Hailsham [earlier Quintin Hogg, later Lord Hailsham of Marylebone, Minister of Education] as the next speaker; the importance of education. Also includes a copy of the rally programme. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8677 - 9.

Speech notes for WSC's speech (11 May, constituency meeting of branch officers) on subjects including: the long-term work done by constituencies; the importance of not relying too heavily on opinion polls; the unpopularity of the Government's actions over the Suez Canal [Egypt] and the danger of letting the issue damage relations with the United States; harm done to the reputation of the United Nations by Suez and the need to reorganize the United Nations' constitution on voting rights; the rise in the standard of living and the need to limit Government spending; spending on social services and the development of housing policy; the taxation policy and over-spending of a Labour Government and the split in Labour over nationalization.

Speech notes for WSC's speech (6 July, Constituency Fete, Royal Wanstead School, Wanstead [Essex]) entitled "One Nation" on subjects including: Labour threats against shareholders; the slowing in the rise of the cost of living and taxation under the Conservatives; the development of the hydrogen bomb and its use as a deterrent; restored relations with the United States; the importance of NATO, given the weakness of the United Nations; opinion polls; the country's fundamental opposition to State socialism; the necessity for unpopular measures and the dangers of complacency. Source material includes a letter and draft notes from George Christ [Parliamentary Liaison Officer, Conservative Party] on the polls, opposition to a Socialist State and the dangers of complacency, and draft notes by Barlow-Wheeler on the economy, the hydrogen bomb, relations with the United States and the United Nations. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8679 - 81.

Speech notes and typescript for WSC's speech (9 July, United Europe Meeting, Central Hall, Westminster [London]) entitled "Europe - Unite!" on Europe's future in unity, the formation of the Common Market and Britain's links with the Commonwealth and European free trade. Source material includes draft notes from the Conservative Research Department. Also includes a note from Doreen Pugh [Secretary to WSC]. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8681 - 2.

Speech notes and typescript (31 July, Law Society Dinner to the American Bar Association, Guildhall [London]) entitled "Liberty and the Law" on the common ground of law and equity between Britain and the United States, safeguards for the individual in the United States Constitution and Supreme Court, attempts to settle international disputes and faults in the United Nations voting system. Source material includes: notes from Denis Kelly [literary assistant to WSC] with a copy of Bacon's "Essay on Judicature"; copies of speeches by Charles Rhyne, President-Elect of the American Bar Association, G Smythe Gambrell, outgoing President and Sir Hartley Shawcross, Chairman of the General Council of the Bar of England, on the presentation of a monument to the Magna Carta by the American Bar Association; extracts from "A History of the English-Speaking Peoples" on legal history. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8682 - 4.

Speech notes giving subject headings for WSC's speech (19 October, Alamein Reunion, Empress Hall, Earls Court [London]) recalling El Alamein [Egypt] and on the political views of soldiers.

Speech notes for WSC's speech (6 November, St Paul's Cathedral [London]) entitled "Sir Ian Hamilton" for the unveiling of the memorial to General Sir Ian Hamilton, on his career and writing. Part published: Complete Speeches VIII p 8685.

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