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Correspondence concerning Edward Martell and complaints forwarded to the Party Chairman by constituency MPs on behalf of constituents whose loans to Martell in support of his 'Freedom Group' had not been repaid, Feb-Apr 1967

CCO 20/52/1

Correspondents include:-

  1. Edgell, Bryan, Agent, Reading Conservative Association
  2. Maddan, Martin, MP for Hove (1965-1973)
  3. Onslow, Cranley, MP for Woking (1964-1997)


  1. Central Office statement disavowing the Conservative Party's ever having had a working relationship with Edward Martell or his Freedom Group, Feb 1967
  2. Copy of News Special Issue No. 1, Tuesday, 08/12/1970 [Published by 'Modern Organisers' and intended to 'appear whenever the Unions stop the National Press'. Supportive of the policies of the Freedom Group launched 15 years earlier, and highly critical of the Conservative Party policy towards trade union reform


  • Creation: Feb-Apr 1967


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  • English

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CCO 20/52/1

Biographical / Historical

The Freedom Group was founded by Edward Martell in c1955 in an attempt to pressure the Conservative Party into adopting more stringent anti-trade union legislation. All attempts at affiliating to the Conservative Party were refused. In 1967, Martell was encouraged to found a new party, the 'National Party' with funds to enable him to fight the then 5 pending by-elections.

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom