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

Reference code: CHUR 5/62A-D

Part of: CHUR 5
Previous record: CHUR 5/61A-C

Date: 06 Nov 1958 - 26 Oct 1960

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Speech notes and typescript for WSC's speech (6 November 1958, Hotel Matignon, Paris [France]) entitled "A Friend of France" on receiving the Croix de la Liberation from Charles de Gaulle, President of France, on subjects including: de Gaulle's wartime status as the symbol of France and his present responsibilities and problems; the confused international situation; WSC's long friendship with France; the uncertain future and the need for Britain, France and the Western allies to stand together; the reorganization of NATO. Published: Complete Speeches VIII p 8687.

Speech notes and typescript for WSC's speech (6 January 1959, Officers of Woodford [Essex] Conservative Association Meeting, Kensington Palace Hotel [London]) entitled '"A Vote of Confidence"' on subjects including: the debt owed to constituency officers, particularly for their recent recruitment campaign; work needed for the approaching General Election; the time needed to achieve the pledges of the last General Election, including freeing the pound from economic controls; the need for Britain to be independent and action taken to cope with economic problems in the previous year; the aim for a vote of confidence from the electorate; the high priority for education, especially in technical areas; political changes in the Middle East, particularly Iraq, and Britain's record in the Middle East; de Gaulle's election as President of France and Franco-German relations; the development of the European Free Trade area, and shared West European interests; maintaining Britain's position in the forefront of world affairs. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8689 - 91.

Speech notes and typescript for WSC's speech (20 April 1959, Hawkey Hill, Woodford [listed as 20 March]) entitled "The Coming General Election" on subjects including: the 1945 General Election and WSC's call for freedom from wartime economic controls; comparisons between Labour and Conservative Governments, on taxation, the standard of living and education; the importance of exports and production and the hampering effect of Socialism on industry; the Conservative policy on employment; the reference to WSC by Nikita Khrushchev [First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party] as the author of the Cold War; the lessening of Britain's power since the war; the advantages of peace with the Soviet Union; the Soviet position in Berlin [East Germany], hopes for a reunited Germany and the impossibility of abandoning West Germany or Berlin to the Soviets; work needed for the General Election and WSC's offer to stand as candidate for Woodford again. Source material includes a letter and notes from Denis Laskey, Foreign Office, on Berlin and Germany, including the decision of Konrad Adenauer to stand for the Presidency, and a letter and draft speech notes from George Christ [Parliamentary Liaison Officer, Conservative Party]. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8691 - 5.

Speech notes and typescript for WSC's speech (4 May 1959, Washington, United States) on his arrival in the United States. Source material includes draft notes by Anthony Montague Browne [Private Secretary to WSC].

Speech notes and typescript for WSC's speech (6 May 1959, Stag Dinner, the White House [Washington]) entitled "Union of the English-Speaking Peoples" on using the Crown as a link between Britain and the United States, the international importance of leading Americans, the complex world situation and the need for close ties between Britain and the United States. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8695 - 6.

Speech notes and typescript for WSC's speech (10 May 1959, Idlewild Airport, United States) on his departure, Britain's respect and affection for Dwight Eisenhower, President of the United States, WSC's long friendship with Bernard Baruch, and hopes for the future while Britain and the United States remain united.

Speech notes and typescript for WSC's election address (?23 September 1959, Adoption Meeting, Eagle Hotel, Snaresbrook [Essex]) [listed as 29 September, Hawkey Hall, Woodford] on being adopted as candidate for Woodford, on subjects including: WSC's long service as MP; Conservative optimism and the risk of over-confidence; the need to help candidates in neighbouring seats and the large number of Liberal candidates in marginal areas; the record of the last Labour Government, including shortages, high taxation, rationing and high prices, and improved conditions under the Conservatives; negotiations between the West and the Soviet Union, as over the future of Berlin; WSC's pleasure at his recent meeting with Eisenhower; Khrushchev's disarmament proposals and Britain's position on comprehensive disarmament; Harold Macmillan [later 1st Lord Stockton, Prime Minister] as Britain's representative in negotiations. Source material includes a letter and draft speech notes from George Christ. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8697 - 700.

Speech notes and typescript for WSC's election address (29 September 1959, Hawkey Hall, Woodford) entitled "Vote Conservative" on subjects including: the political issues of 1945, including remaining solvent and preventing another war, still applying; economic conditions under Labour and the Conservatives; Labour's confusion over private enterprise; the dangers of Conservative complacency; pension policy; the importance of scientific and technical education, spending on technical colleges, and the benefits and threat of scientific progress; the power of conventional weapons, the Soviet superiority in this area and the West's nuclear deterrent; Soviet and British disarmament proposals; WSC's attempt to prevent the Cold War in 1945 by appealing to Stalin on the widening gap between the Soviet Union and the West, and hopes for improved relations. Source material includes a letter from Donald Forbes [Chairman, Woodford Conservative Association] on arrangements for the meeting, and a letter and draft speech notes from George Christ. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8700 - 3.

Speech notes and typescript for WSC's election address (6 October 1959, Walthamstow [Essex]) on behalf of John Harvey, candidate for Walthamstow East, on subjects including: the record of the last Labour Government, including rationing, inflation, and taxation, and Labour's continuing high tax policy; Conservative spending on social services; the goal of comprehensive disarmament and the hope for positive negotiations with the Soviet Union, in areas including the control and suspension of nuclear testing, and Macmillan's role as Britain's representative. Source material includes letters from Harvey on his campaign, Parliamentary record and election address (2), with a copy of the address, and a letter and draft speech notes from [Richard] Michael Fraser [Director, Conservative Research Department]. Part published: Complete Speeches VIII p 8704.

Speech notes and typescript for WSC's speech (17 October 1959, tree-planting ceremony, Churchill College, Cambridge) entitled "Churchill College Ceremony" on the fundraising appeal for the college, and donors including the Ford Foundation, and Transport and General Workers Union, in memory of Ernest Bevin, the appointments of Sir John Cockcroft as Master of the college, and the Duke of Edinburgh [Prince Philip, earlier Philip Mountbatten] as Visitor, the college's links with Brendan Bracken and 1st Lord Cherwell [earlier F A Lindemann], and the importance of scientific training to maintain Britain's position in the world, as in advances in space exploration. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8704 - 6.

Speech notes and typescript for WSC's speech (31 October 1959, Woodford) entitled "The Woodford Statue" for the unveiling of WSC's statue, on tribute due to 1st Lord Montgomery of Alamein and the sculptor David McFall, WSC's gratitude to the people of Woodford for their support during 35 years as their MP, the balance between destruction and progress during that time, including instability in the Middle East and East Asia, the development of former parts of the Empire, greater unity in Britain and Western Europe, hopes for improved relations between the West and the Soviet Union, new technology, particularly in space exploration, and Britain's part in the future. Published: Complete Speeches VIII pp 8706 - 7.

Speech notes and typescript for WSC's speech (26 October 1960, Royal Irish Hussars Regimental Dinner, Victory Services Club [London]) for the toast to the Duke of Edinburgh, Colonel-in-Chief, on the traditions of the old 4th Hussars and 8th Hussars forming the new regiment. Source material includes a note on arrangements for the dinner.

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