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Speech notes for WSC's speech (18 April, Albert Hall, London) to a meeting of the Primrose League entitled "Empire and Freedom" including: the diminishing British empire; Lord Randolph Churchill's role in founding the Primrose League; criticism of the spending of a loan from the United States; party politics and support for the United Nations. Also includes press cuttings about the speech and notes from Elizabeth Gilliatt [Secretary to WSC]. Published: Complete Speeches VII, pp 7470-75.
Speech notes and Hansard report of WSC's speech (7 May, House of Commons) on National Service and the reduction of national service from 18 to 12 months, and criticism of the Minister of Defence [A V Alexander, later Lord Alexander of Hillsborough]. Source material includes: editions of Hansard and a letter from Leo Amery. Also includes press cuttings about the speech. Published: Complete Speeches VII, pp 7476-81.
Speech notes for WSC's speech (14 May, Albert Hall, London) on United Europe including: the need for reconciliation and reconstruction; the United Nations; aid to Germany; and the United States of Europe. Published: Complete Speeches VII, pp 7483-8.
Speech notes for WSC's speech (16 May, Ayr, Scotland) to the Scottish Unionist Association entitled "Trust the People" including: local election results; criticism of the Labour government's policy; prosperity and expansion during the 1930's; social reforms including pensions and unemployment insurance; criticism of the spending of a loan from the United States; criticism of Sir Stafford Cripps as President of the Board of Trade. Source material includes: notes with suggestions for the speech from individuals including Reginald Maudling of the Conservative Party Secretariat, extracts from other speeches by WSC; letters from Sir Arthur Young, Colonel Patrick Blair, R A Butler of the Conservative Party research department, and Captain Harry Crookshank. Also includes: copies of a pamphlet containing the speech and galley proofs of the speech; papers relating to the meeting; and newspaper cuttings about the speech. Published: Complete Speeches VII, pp 7489-99.
Copy of speaking notes for "Trust the People" (16 May 1947) are in CHUR 2/251/38-84.
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