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Analysis of various post-mortem reports (copies included) on the 1987 General Election campaign produced by Shaun Woodward, Director of Communications for Party Chairman Chris Patten prior to the 1992 General Election campaign [Also includes copies of post-mortem reports on the 1979 and 1983 General Election campaigns produced by the Party Chairmen], Jan 1992

CCO 20/17/8/6

[Note: unlike 1979 and 1983, where various departmental reports were collated by the Party Chairman into a single report, Norman Tebbit, Party Chairman during the 1987 General Election campaign, stepped down from this post immediately following the election and so did not produce a similar report on the 1987 campaign]


  1. 'General Election 3rd May 1979', Lord Thorneycroft, Party Chairman, Jul 1979 [10pp]
  2. 'Post Mortem of General Election: June 1983', Cecil Parkinson, Party Chairman, ND [11 pp]
  3. 'Report on General Election 1987: Press Office', John Desborough, Press Office, Conservative Central Office, 19/06/1987 [2pp]
  4. 'Aide-Memoir: General Election 1987', M. Romilly, Press Office, Conservative Central Office, 10/06/1987 [6pp]
  5. 'General Election Report on Broadcasting and Monitoring', Stephen J Robin, Jul 1987 [10pp]
  6. 'Monitoring: Experience of the 1987 Campaign', John Houston, Conservative Central Office, 16/06/1987 [3pp]
  7. 'Media Monitoring: Report on broadcasters' treatment of Election Campaign 1987', John Houston, Conservative Central Office, 11/06/1987 [7pp]
  8. 'Election Report: The Research Department', Robin Harris, Director, Conservative Research Department, 06/05/1987 [20pp]
  9. 'General Election 1987: the tour of the Rt Hon Mrs Margaret Thatcher MP Prime Minister: Report', Roger Boaden, 07/07/1987 [62pp]
  10. 'Critical-Marginal Constituency Analysis', Author: Stuart Newman, ND [14pp]
  11. Memorandum, Sir Anthony Garner, Director of Organisation, to the Party Chairman concerning general election preparations, 11/07/1986 [3pp]
  12. Memorandum, Sir Graham Macmillan to Sir Anthony Garner, 'General Election – Security Passes', 12/06/1987 [2pp]
  13. 'Notes on the General Election passes for the Media', Author: RFN, 08/07/1987 [3pp]
  14. Memorandum, OCD Mitchell to Sir Anthony Garner, 'General Election 1983 – Legal Department Report', 03/07/1987 [4pp]
  15. Memorandum, Miss Margaret Palmer to Sir Anthony Garner, 'General Election 1987 Report from Speakers Department', 01/07/1987
  16. 'Absent Voting 1987', David M Smith, 25/06/1987 [2pp]
  17. 'Manifesto Distribution – Party', Author: RFN, 08/07/1987 [1pp]
  18. 'General Election – June 1987. Report from the Director of Organisation', Sir Anthony Garner, 10/07/1987 [13pp]
  19. 'The Tactical Constituencies Campaign 1986/87. A Report', 16/07/1987, Stuart Newman [10pp]
  20. '1987 General Election: Enquiries and Conservative Stall', David Knapp, Conservative Political Centre, 02/07/1987 [2pp]

Includes report summarising conclusions to be drawn from the 1987 general election post-mortem reports prepared by Shaun Woodward, Director of Communications, for the Party Chairman, 24/01/1992


  • Creation: Jan 1992


1 file

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  • English

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CCO 20/17/8/6

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom