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1987 General Election (manifesto planning), Apr-May 1987

CRD 4/30/7/29-32

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1. CRD 4/30/7/29 - Manifesto 1st drafts, Apr 1987. Includes:

Letters from Stephen Sherbourne and Brian Griffiths dated 07/04/1987 and 16/04/1987 respectively, concerning a meeting to discuss the preparation of the Conservative Party Manifesto, to be held at Chequers on 21/04/1987.

[The meeting was to be attended by the following:-

  1. Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister
  2. Lord Whitelaw, Deputy Prime Minister
  3. Norman Tebbit, Party Chairman
  4. Lord Young, Secretary of State for Employment
  5. Peter Morrison, Deputy Party Chairman
  6. Michael Alison, Parliamentary Private Secretary to Mrs Thatcher
  7. Brian Griffiths, Head of Policy Unit, 10 Downing Street
  8. John O'Sullivan, Speechwriter, 10 Downing Street
  9. Robin Harris, Director, Conservative Research Department
  10. John MacGregor, Chief Secretary to the Treasury
  11. Stephen Sherbourne, Political Secretary, 10 Downing Street]


  1. First Draft of the Manifesto, dated 15/04/1987
  2. Second Draft of the Manifesto, dated 24/04/1987
  3. Handwritten notes made during the meeting at Chequers, 21/04/1987

2. CRD 4/30/7/30 - Manifesto final draft and feedback, May 1987. Includes:

  1. Annotated, Final Draft of the Conservative Party's 1987 General Election Manifesto, 11/05/1987
  2. Memorandum 'Briefing on the Manifesto', from Brian Griffiths, Head of Policy Unit, to the Prime Minister, 15/05/1987

3. CRD 4/30/7/31 - Conservative Manifesto briefing prepared by CRD, May 1987. Includes:

  1. In-depth briefing, 'The Conservative Manifesto 1987: The Next Moves Forward', prepared by the Conservative Research Department for Conservative Parliamentary Candidates, 15/05/1987 [142pp in 10 chapters; includes contents and subject index]
  2. 4-page leaflet summary of the Manifesto, May 1987

4. CRD 4/30/7/32 - Information from Special Advisors, Mar 1987.


  • Creation: Apr-May 1987


1 box (4 folders)

Language of Materials

  • English


CRD 4/30/7/29-32

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom