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Turner, Robin, 1979-1981

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CRD/L/4/56/21-22

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1. CRD/L/4/56/21 - Letter Book: Defence and Foreign Affairs, Sep 1985-Apr 1986. Correspondents include:
  1. Biggs-Davison, Sir John, MP for Epping Forest
  2. Dunlop, Andrew, Conservative Research Department
  3. Gregory, Conal, MP for York
  4. Guyver, Christopher, Conservative Research Department
  5. Harris, Robin, Director, Conservative Research Department
  6. Harbottle, Christine, Tavistock Hungry for Change
  7. Houston, John, Special Adviser, Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  8. Moate, Roger, MP for Faversham
  9. Nicholson, Emma, Conservative Party Vice-Chairman
  10. Reynolds, Mike, Vice-Chairman, York and Selby Area SDP
  11. Rock, Patrick, Conservative Research Department
  12. Spicer, Jim, MP for West Dorset
  13. Woodhead, David, Private Secretary to George Younger, Secretary of State for Defence
  14. Younger, George, Secretary of State for Defence
Subjects include:-
  1. The Middle East
  2. South Africa
  3. East/West Relations
  4. Conservative Party policy towards South Africa
  5. Turkey's relations with the West
  6. Trident
  7. Overseas Aid
  8. Conservative Defence policy
  9. Opposition parties' Defence policies
  10. Conservative Party recognition for the 'Friends of Niepodleglosc' in Poland
  11. International Law and the Allied bombing of Dresden in February 1945
  12. International Law and nuclear weapons
  13. Nuclear test ban
  14. Ministry of Defence business with Westland Plc
The papers comprise:-

Index of the former contents of the letter book prior to it being weeded before transfer to the Conservative Party Archive, ND [c.1986]

Drafts for articles on Defence and Foreign Affairs issues:-
  1. Draft notes for ToryTalk article concerning 'Six Years of Tory Achievements in Defence', 01/10/1985
  2. Draft notes for Politics Today article concerning 'Defence', 15/10/1985
  3. Draft notes for Politics Today article concerning 'Foreign Affairs', 12/11/1985
  4. Draft notes for Politics Today article concerning 'The Middle East', 02/12/1985
  5. Draft notes for Politics Today article concerning 'South Africa', 02/12/1985
  6. Draft notes for Politics Today article concerning 'Overseas Aid', 11/12/1985
  7. 'Draft Article for Wessex Area Young Conservatives' concerning Conservative Defence policy, 08/01/1986
  8. 'Draft Article for Oxford University Conservative Association newsletter Inside Right on East/West Relations and Arms Control' written on behalf of Michael Heseltine, Secretary of State for Defence, 10/01/1986
  9. 'Draft for Members' Brief' concerning Trident and the Tornado programme, 12/03/1986
Papers and briefing notes:-
  1. Note concerning 'Contradictions between the Liberals and Social Democratic Parties on the subject of Defence', 24/09/1985
  2. Amended draft brief concerning 'Relations with South Africa', 08/10/1985
  3. Note concerning 'South Africa', 23/10/1985
  4. Note concerning 'The Split between the Liberals and Social Democratic Parties on the subject of Defence', 30/10/1985
  5. Note concerning 'East/West Relations', ND [Dec 1985]
  6. Paper, 'Synopsis for Defence "Comprehensive Summary of Policy"', 13/12/1985
  7. Paper, 'Synopsis for External Affairs "Comprehensive Summary of Policy"', 16/12/1985
  8. Note, 'South Africa', 21/01/1986
  9. Note, 'Statements on Trident by Opposition Spokesman', 31/01/1986
  10. Note, 'Opposition Policy on the Strategic Defence Initiative', 13/02/1986
  11. Note, 'Conservative Policy on Defence', 17/02/1986
  12. Note concerning 'The Effect of CND Policies', 12/03/1986
  13. Mr Denis Healey and Labour's Nuclear Defence Policy, 13/03/1986
  14. Note concerning Trident, 'Opposition Lies', 17/03/1986
  15. Draft summary of Conservative Party policy aimed at schoolchildren, 'Overseas Aid', 19/03/1986
  16. Paper, 'Draft for Comprehensive Summary of Policy - Defence', [31pp], Robin Turner/JD, 20/03/1986
  17. Draft Reply to Mr Mike Reynolds [of the SDP concerning a 'nuclear freeze', Mar 1986
  18. Mr Denis Healey and Labour's Nuclear Defence Policy, 10/04/1986
Defence briefs:-
  1. DEF(85)7 Dockyard Services Bill, 26/11/1985 [Author: Robin Turner/JD]
  2. DEF(86)1R The Strategic Defence Initiative, 27/01/1986 [Author: Robin Turner/JD]
  3. DEF(86)2 The Strategic Defence Initiative, 14/02/1986 [Author: Robin Turner/JD]
Foreign Affairs briefs:-
  1. FA(85)6R World Poverty, 18/10/1985 [Author: Robin Turner]
  2. FA(85)7R Relations with South Africa, 21/10/1985 [Author: Robin Turner]
  3. FA(85)8 Famine in Africa, 12/12/1985 [Author: Robin Turner]
2. CRD/L/4/56/22 - Letter Book: Defence and Foreign Affairs, Apr-Aug 1986. Correspondents include:
  1. Archer, Jeffrey, Deputy Conservative Party Chairman
  2. Bruce, Pauline, Scottish Conservative Party
  3. Faint, Kevin, Private Secretary to Lord Trefgarne, Minister of State for Defence Procurement
  4. Gillett, Bruce W., Traffic Accident Investigation Unit
  5. Hayes, Jerry, MP for Harlow
  6. Jenkin, Patrick, MP for Wanstead and Woodford
  7. Mennell, Alex, Private Secretary to Party Chairman Norman Tebbit
  8. Stanley, John, MP, Minister of State for the Armed Forces
  9. Tosh, Murray, Chairman, Ayr Constituency Conservative Association
  10. Trefgarne, George, 2nd Baron Trefgarne, Minister of State for Defence Procurement
  11. Woodhead, David, Private Secretary to George Younger, Secretary of State for Defence
  12. Wright, JS, Private Secretary to Michael Heseltine, Secretary of State for Defence
  13. Younger, George, Secretary of State for Defence
Subjects include:-
  1. Contact with members of the African National Congress (ANC), South Africa
  2. Links between the Conservative Party and the Union of the Democratic Centre, Argentina
  3. Overseas Aid
  4. Arms sales and overseas aid
  5. Liberal/SDP policy on Defence Procurement
  6. Trident/The Nuclear Deterrent
  7. Apartheid and sanction against South Africa
  8. Conservative Defence policy
The papers comprise:-

Index of the former contents of the letter book prior to it being weeded before transfer to the Conservative Party Archive, ND [c.1986]

Drafts for articles on Defence and Foreign Affairs issues:-
  1. Copy letter from the Prime Minister to David Steel MP recommended for inclusion in Conservative Monthly News concerning the Liberal-SDP Alliance policy towards the Trident programme, 04/04/1986
  2. Draft for Members' Brief concerning Libya, 16/04/1986
  3. Briefing Note: 'Questions and Answers on Libya', 17/04/1986
  4. Draft letter to The Spectator from Sir Peter Blaker MP concerning the US attack on Libya, Apr 1986
  5. Heavily annotated draft for Talking Politics article concerning Libya, Apr 1986
  6. Draft for Members' Brief concerning South Africa, 23/06/1986
  7. Draft for Members' Brief concerning South Africa, 02/07/1986
  8. Draft for Members' Brief concerning Defence, 02/07/1986
  9. Draft for Members' Brief concerning South Africa, 16/07/1986
  10. Draft notes for Politics Today article concerning 'Defence', 30/07/1986
  11. Draft notes for Oxford University Conservative Association newsletter Inside Right article concerning 'Defence', 21/08/1986
Papers and briefing notes:-
  1. Standard draft template response to letters concerning the US attack on Libya, 21/04/1986
  2. Note, 'Politically Helpful MPs and Peers: Defence and Foreign Affairs', 22/04/1986
  3. Paper, 'Libya', 22/04/1986
  4. Review of the book 'Nuclear First Use' by Professor Neville Brown and General Sir Anthony Farrar-Hockley, 28/04/1986
  5. Suggested questions for members of the Stratford-upon-Avon & South Warwickshire Conservative Association to ask Monsignor Bruce Kent, Chairman of CND, at a meeting in Alcester, 23/04/1986
  6. Note, 'Experts in the Field of Foreign Affairs and Defence' who are broadly favourable to Government (i.e., Conservative) policy, 28/04/1986
  7. Standard draft template response to letters advocating the return of National Service, 30/04/1986
  8. Paper, 'Survey of Labour Party Defence Policy', 02/05/1986
  9. Note, 'Terrorism', 07/05/1986
  10. Note to Scott Hamilton, Director of the Conservative Party's International Office, concerning unofficial contact with David Miles, a member of the Argentinian Union of the Democratic Centre (UCD) concerning organisational support for the UCD from the Conservative Party, 12/05/1986
  11. Note concerning 'Good News for British Expatriates', 13/05/1986
  12. Minutes of the meeting of the Conservative Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee on the subject of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee's visit to South East Asia, 13/05/1986
  13. Notes to assist John Stanley MP in his reply to the motion by Tam Dalywell MP following the US attack on Libya, 28/05/1986
  14. Paper, 'The Challenge of CND', 02/06/1986
  15. Paper, 'European Union of Women - British Section: Political Report', 03/06/1986
  16. Paper, 'Draft for Comprehensive Summary of Policy - External Affairs', [41pp], Robin Turner/JD, 03/06/1986
  17. Draft leaflet on Defence, 05/06/1986
  18. Paper, 'Lines to Take on Defence Policy Issues Arising from Liberal/SDP Opinion Poll', 06/06/1986
  19. Draft press release on the report of the SDP-Liberal Defence Commission, 09/06/1986
  20. Draft for leaflet on the European Community, 09/06/1986
  21. Correspondence between David Steel MP and George Younger MP concerning inconsistencies between SDP and Liberal concerning Trident and the replacement of Polaris, Jun 1986
  22. Paper, 'Passage on Opposition Defence and Disarmament Policy', 16/06/1986
  23. Paper, 'Use of Money saved by British withdrawal from UNESCO', 19/06/1986
  24. Draft template response to letters concerning the Conservative Party's position on South Africa, 01/07/1986
  25. Briefing for Party Chairman Norman Tebbit's meeting with CND, 'Lines to Take on Defence and Disarmament Issues', 04/07/1986
  26. 'Draft for Recess Briefing: Defence', 09/07/1986
  27. 'Draft for Recess Briefing: Foreign Affairs', 14/07/1986
  28. Paper, '"Partnership for Progress": Foreign Affairs and Defence', 23/07/1986
  29. 'Draft Questions and Answers on Defence' for students, 24/07/1986
  30. Draft leaflet, 'Britain and the World', 28/07/1986
  31. Paper, 'The Case for Trident', 04/08/1986
  32. Draft revised template response to letters concerning the Conservative Party's position on South Africa, 06/08/1986
Defence briefs:-
  1. DEF(86)3 Dockyard Services Bill, 11/04/1986 [Author: Robin Turner/JD]
  2. DEF(86)4 Defence, 16/06/1986 [Author: Robin Turner/JD]
Foreign Affairs briefs:-
  1. FA(86)1 South Africa, 13/06/1986 [Author: Robin Turner]

Dates

  • 1979-1981

Extent

1 box (2 folders)

Language of Materials

  • English

Shelfmark

CRD/L/4/56/21-22

Biographical / Historical

Joined CRD in Oct. 1971. Specialised in European Political Parties, the European Parliament, Eastern Europe, and East/West Relations. Left 1986.

Arrangement

The contents of these files were heavily weeded before they were transferred to the Conservative Party Archive. Contemporary indexes remain at the start of the files which show what the full contents of the files, including list of correspondents, had been prior to weeding. Listed in the description below is what now remains in the files now. Please note, where copies of parliamentary briefs are included in the files, these have been preserved in order to maintain the integrity of the files and their indexes.

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