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The 'Stepping Stones' report by John Hoskyns and Norman Strauss (Nov 1977): correspondence and papers concerning its subsequent implementation, Nov 1977-Apr 1979

CCO 20/68/4

[225 folios; includes contemporary index]

Correspondents include:-

  1. Hoskyns, John, Head of the Policy Unit at No. 10
  2. Howarth, Alan
  3. Howe, Sir Geoffrey
  4. Joseph, Sir Keith
  5. Patten, Chris, Director, Conservative Research Department
  6. Thorneycroft, Lord Peter, Conservative Party Chairman
  7. Whitelaw, William


  1. Annotated, photocopy of 'Stepping Stones' report [69pp] by John Hoskyns and Norman Strauss, with covering letter dated 14/11/1977


  • Creation: Nov 1977-Apr 1979


1 file

Language of Materials

  • English

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CCO 20/68/4

Biographical / Historical

[In June 1977, John Hoskyns and Norman Strauss were invited, via Keith Joseph, to develop into a paper thoughts already expressed which would identify the 'essential components of a political communications programme' for the Conservative Party, in order to understand the nature and scale of the economic problems facing the country, and develop a campaign strategy accordingly which would prepare the ground for the radical policies which were required. A draft of the report was sent to Thatcher at the end of October 1977, who circulated it to other members of the Steering Committee]

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