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Correspondence, mainly between the Chairman's Office and Margaret Thatcher and the Leader's Private Office, Jun 1975-Dec 1977

CCO 20/8/19

Correspondents include:-

  1. Bruce-Gardyne, J Conservative Board of Finance
  2. Butler, Adam, MP, Parliamentary Private Secretary to Mrs Thatcher
  3. Churchill, Winston S, MP for Stretford
  4. Clark, William, Deputy Party Chairman
  5. Clarke, Windsor, Chairman, General Election News Conferences Committee, Westminster Press Ltd
  6. Garner, Sir Anthony, Director, Organisation Department, Conservative Central Office
  7. Glyn, Alan Dr, MP for Windsor and Maidenhead
  8. Henson, H, Director, Henson's Decorators Ltd, Headingly, Leeds
  9. Howarth, Alan, Personal Assistant to Party Chairman Lord Thorneycroft
  10. Iveson, Tony, Director of Information Services, Trust Houses Forte Limited
  11. Le Bosquet, Peter, Vice-Chairman, Nottingham Conservative Association
  12. Leigh, Edward, Leader's Private Office
  13. Muirhead, J, Organising Secretary, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Association
  14. Neave, Airey, Leader's Private Office
  15. Osborne, Lady, Chairman, Leicester Conservative Federation
  16. Oxenbury, Shirley, Chairman's Office
  17. Patten, Chris, Director, Conservative Research Department
  18. Rook, Major Alan, Chairman, Nottingham Federation of Conservative Associations
  19. Saunders, W, Monmouth Trades Union Advisory Committee
  20. Thatcher, Margaret, Party Leader
  21. Thorneycroft, Lord, Party Chairman
  22. Watkinson, Viscount Harold, President, Confederation of British Industry (1976-1977)

Subjects include:-

  1. Referendum on the Common Market, 1975
  2. Cancellation of Mrs Thatcher's visits to Nottingham and Leicester Conservatives, Jun 1975
  3. Appointment of Leon Brittan as the official link between the Conservative Parliamentary Party and academics, Jul 1975
  4. Financial crisis in Conservative Central Office, Jul 1975
  5. Complaint against Mrs Thatcher's 'Do-it-yourself' campaign, Oct 1975
  6. Presentations against electoral change, Jan 1976
  7. Lunch with potential donors to the Conservative Party, Sir Charles Forte of Trust House Forte and Lord Alf Robens, of Vickers, Mar 1976
  8. Resignation of Lord Chelmer as Joint Party Treasurer and the future relationship between remaining Joint Treasurers Lord McAlpine and Lord Ashdown, Apr 1976
  9. Notes for a proposed speech for Mrs Thatcher to make in an attempt to resolve difference within the Party over economic policy, May 1976
  10. Denial of Shadow Cabinet discussions on the possibility of coalition in the event of Harold Wilson's resignation, Mar 1976
  11. Liaison between the Conservative Party and Confederation of British Industry, June 1976
  12. Appearance of Mrs Thatcher on Thames Television programme 'Good Afternoon', July 1976
  13. Use of 3 slots for party political broadcasts on Radio 4, August 1976
  14. Edward Heath's attendance at the 1976 Conservative Party Conference, Sep 1976
  15. The Swedish election results, 20/09/1976
  16. Joint campaign with the Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors and the Nation Federation of Building Trade Employers against the Labour Party's plans for local authorities' direct labour organisations, Oct 1976
  17. Mrs Thatcher's visit to Gravesend and refusal to give a pre-arranged interview for BBC Radio Medway, 18/10/1976
  18. Dinner with Area Chairmen, Nov 1976
  19. Poor Conservative campaign during the Newcastle Central by-election, Nov 1976
  20. Proposed joint venue for parties' daily press conferences during General Election campaign, Nov 1976
  21. Reducing expenditure in the public sector under a Conservative administration, Dec 1976
  22. Reflections on 1976 and plan of action for 1977, Jan 1977
  23. Merger of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Association with the National Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations
  24. Proposed Minister for Trade Union Affairs, Mar 1977
  25. Potential candidates for replacing Sir Peter Kirk as leader of the Conservative delegation in the European Parliament, Apr 1977
  26. Formation of the European Democrat Union, Sep 1977
  27. Resignation of William Clark MP as Deputy Chairman, Nov 1977
  28. Pantomime performance of the 'Wizard of Oz', featuring Norman St John Stevas, along with Denis Healey MP and Cyril Smith MP and others, to be broadcast on BBC1 on 19/12/1977


  1. Analysis of letters sent to Mrs Thatcher between mid-September and mid-November 1975, by Edward Leigh, 21/11/1975
  2. Report on the Swedish general election, by Dr Alan Glyn MP
  3. Mrs Thatcher's programme for the 1976 Conservative Party Conference, Oct 1976
  4. List of Mrs Thatcher's engagements, Jan-July 1976, ND
  5. Itinerary for Mrs Thatcher's visit the China, Japan and Hong Kong, 6-19 Apr 1977


  • Creation: Jun 1975-Dec 1977


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CCO 20/8/19

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