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Party Review Committee: minutes, correspondence and papers, Jun-Nov 1972

CCO 20/3/15

Includes minutes and agenda as below:-

  1. 1st meeting: 29/06/1972
  2. 2nd meeting: 11/07/1972
  3. 3rd meeting: 20/07/1972
  4. 4th meeting: 25/07/1972
  5. 5th meeting: 04/10/1972
  6. 6th meeting: 18/10/1972
  7. 7th meeting: 17/11/1972


  • Creation: Jun-Nov 1972


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  • English

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CCO 20/3/15

Biographical / Historical

[Lord Carrington set up the Party Review Committee in June 1972 to, 'look at longer term matters affecting the Party organisation such as agents, publicity etc. I proposed therefore that a small committee consisting of the Deputy Chairmen, the Vice-Chairmen, the Senior Treasurer, Sir Richard Webster and myself should be established to go into these sort of matters thoroughly….The Committee will be called "The Party Review Committee"… I intend calling into subsequent meetings departmental heads and other Party executives whenever necessary.'

During its existence, the Committee examined the organisation and effectiveness of the CPC, the Conservative Overseas Bureau and Conservative Research Department with regard to the UK's imminent entry into the EEC, the Publicity Department (specifically the appointment of Regional Publicity Liaison Officers), the central employment of Agents, the Party's organisation in critical/marginal seats, and the Youth Department.]

Membership of the Committee consisted of:-

  1. Lord Carrington, Party Chairman
  2. Jim Prior, Leader of the House of Commons
  3. Sir Michael Fraser, Deputy Party Chairman
  4. Sara Morrison, Vice-chairman (Women)
  5. John Gummer, Vice-chairman
  6. Lord Chelmer, Joint Party Treasurer
  7. Sir Tatton Brinton, Joint Party Treasurer
  8. Sir Richard Webster, Director of Organisation
  9. Chris Patten, PA to Party Chairman (Secretary)
  10. James Loudon
  11. Bill Elliott, Vice-chairman (Candidates)
  12. Joan Varley, Deputy Director of Organisation

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