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Missioners, 1946-1968


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  • Creation: 1946-1968

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  • English

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CCO 500/8/1-19

Biographical / Historical

Missioners should not be confused with canvassers, as they were expressly prohibited from soliciting votes for an individual candidate. Their purpose was to assist the Agent in collecting subscriptions, gathering intelligence, and in recruiting new members.

They were employed centrally (presumably through Area Offices), and their functions were set out in a memorandum dated 31 July 1947, from the Chief Organisation Officer: 'Missioners are only to be employed in house-to-house visiting, and their tasks may be defined as follows (in order of priority):

  1. Enrolling members and collecting subscriptions.
  2. Preparing a marked Register.
  3. Enlisting new talent as active members for the Party.
  4. Propaganda and intelligence.'

A missioners' scheme appears to have been put in place for the duration of every general election campaign, and to assist with specific public opinion surveys.

Related Materials

For additional papers on the missioners scheme, see:

  1. Conservative Party Archive: Area Offices - West Midlands Area [CPA ARE 6];
  2. Conservative Party Archive: Conservative Central Office - Subject Files [CPA CCO 4];
  3. Conservative Party Archive: Conservative Central Office - Public Opinion Research Department [CPA CCO 180];
  4. Conservative Party Archive: Conservative Research Department c.1925-1969 [CPA CRD 2].

Repository Details

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Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom