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Conservative Party Vice-Chairman for Women, 1977-1983


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  • Creation: 1977-1983

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  • English

Biographical / Historical

The position of Vice-Chairman with responsibility for Women was established in 1931, one of several such posts established within the Conservative Party structure. The exact remit of the post has varied with each office-holder. Upon her appointment as Vice-Chairman in 1961, Dame Barbara Brooke was given the following terms of reference:-

  1. "General oversight of the women's organisation throughout the country;
  2. General oversight of staff welfare in Central Office;
  3. Chairman of National Speaking Competition Committee;
  4. General oversight of the Young Britons movement;
  5. Member of Liaison Committee;
  6. Member of Membership Campaign Committee;
  7. Member of National Union Executive and General Purposes Committee;
  8. Member of Women's National Advisory Committees
  9. Co-author with Miss Walker of Madam Chairman – a letter from the Woman Vice Chairman to the Women Chairmen at Area and Constituency Level;
  10. Liaison with Lord Chancellor's department over Advisory Committees;
  11. Responsible for invitations to Royal Garden Parties." [Source: CCO 20/4/2]

Although formally based within Central Office rather than the voluntary wing of the Party organisation, the position has generally involved close cooperation with the Women's National Advisory Committee, resulting in the inclusion of Vice Chairman's papers and correspondence within the wider records of the Women's Organisation.

Related Materials

See also holdings catalogued in CCO 60 - Vice Chairmen's Offices.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom