Party Chairman's Weekly Meetings, 1966-1975
- Creation: 1966-1975
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The Chairman's Committee (otherwise referred to as the 'Party Chairman's Committee' or 'Chairman's Weekly Meeting') was set up in Jul 1966 and met weekly within Central Office to deal with current problems in general and effect liaison between the various elements of the Party. It consisted of the Party Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Chief Whips of the Commons and Lords, Vice-Chairmen of the Party, Chairman of the 1922 Committee, Chairman of the Party in Scotland, Treasurers, Director of the CPC, Director of the Organisation Department, Director of the Publicity Department and the Director of the Research Department. Regular topics on the agenda were:- issues before Parliament; the content of Weekend Talking Point; and reports from the Tactical Committee. David Dear of the Conservative Research Department acted as its Secretary. Under Lord Thorneycroft, Party Chairman from 1975, this committee appears to have been re-constituted as the Management Committee, with a slightly slimmed down composition.
[The Chairman's Committee is not to be confused with the 'Chairman's Committee' set up by Iain Macleod as Party Chairman in November 1961, which was the re-named Policy Study Group, and was set up for the express purpose of drafting the Party's manifesto for the anticipated election campaign only.]