Special Collections & Archives


Weatherill Papers: constituency papers

These files contain material relating to Weatherill's work as an MP.


Election papers

Accession code: WEA/PC E

These files contain material relating to Weatherill and the General Election of 1964, when he first stood and was elected as MP for Croydon North East until 1987, when he was re-elected for the last time. He stood at all these elections for the constituency of Croydon North East. He was a Conservative candidate, except in 1987, when as the Speaker of the House of Commons, he was required to stand as an Independant candidate. The file for this year contains some interesting election material for previous Speakers, who had to follow a similar line of disassociating themselves from political parties during an election. It is a mark of Weatherill's popularity within the constituency and success as an MP that his majority in 1987 was 55%, the highest he had enjoyed in any of the elections.

The content of the files varies, but includes publicity material, returns of election expenses, briefing notes issued by the Conservative and the occasional pamphlet issued by other political parties. They show the change in style of election material, including the publication of information in languages other than English and the approach of the party to elections. Some of the items appear to have been generated at the local Conservative Association offices, rather than by Weatherill.

10 files, covering the period 1964-1987.

WEA/PC E1 Constituency Papers for the General Election, 15 October 1964

The file includes copies of a poster, calling card, a draft and final version of his election leaflet and notice of meetings introducing Weatherill to the electorate. There are detailed election expenses of printing costs, agents fees and staff costs, room hiring costs and personal expenses. There are also standard letters sent to supporters, letters of thanks, a breakdown of voting in each ward and polling district and the official agreement with the election agent. The printed material includes a copy of the Conservative manifesto 'Prosperity with a Purpose', the Labour Party's manifesto 'Let's go with Labour for the New Britain' and 'Signposts for the Sixties', and notes on various issues from the Prime Minister's office.

1 file (44 docs)

9.1964 - 10.1964
WEA/PC E2 Constituency Papers for the General Election, 31 March 1966

The file contains election leaflets: annotated copies of the Conservative Party manifesto 'Action not Words' and the Labour Party manifest 'Time for Decision'; a copy of Weatherill's speech at the adoption meeting; a copy of a telegram from Edward Heath as Leader of the Conservative Party annotated with an estimate of the cost of its distribution to all conservative candidates; and newspaper articles on the candidates for election in Croydon Borough.

1 file (13 docs)

WEA/PC E3 Constituency Papers for the General Election, 18 June 1970

The file includes copies of the manifestos for the Conservative Party called 'A better tomorrow' and for the Labour Party 'Now Britain's strong let's make it great to live in'; an election leaflets including one for Dr Gerald Elliot, the Labour candidate standing for Croydon North East; and a letter from Weatherill about his prospects of re-election.

1 file (7 docs)

WEA/PC E4 Constituency Papers for the General Election, 28 February 1974

The file contains a copy of the Conservative Party manifesto 'Firm Action for a Firm Britain' and a newspaper article containing the election results in Croydon.

1 file (2 docs)

2.1974 - 3.1974
WEA/PC E5 Constituency Papers for the General Election, 10 October 1974

The file includes copies of the manifestos for the Conservative Party called 'Putting Britain First' and the Labour Party called 'Britain will win with Labour'; election leaflets; and notes of speech made by Weatherill at Stanley Halls in Croydon.

1 file (10 docs)

WEA/PC E6 Constituency Papers for the General Election, 3 May 1979

The file includes copies of election leaflets, some of which are in Asian languages; a copy of the North East Croydon News - the journal of the Croydon North East Conservative Association; detailed notes, annotated leaflets and press cuttings collected by Weatherill for his speeches on various topics and issues; copies of the Conservative manifesto; good luck cards and telegrams; letters and telegrams of congratulations, mostly from constituents; photograph of Weatherill with Ted Heath and Tommy Nutter.

1 file (61 docs)

WEA/PC E7 Constituency Papers for the General Election, 9 June 1983

The file contains copies of election leaflets; newspaper cuttings containing the details of election results; and a copy of the Conservative Party manifesto, 'The Challenge of our Times'.

1 file (7 docs)

WEA/PC E8 Constituency Papers for the General Election, 11 June 1987

This file contains letters, telegrams and greetings cards from constituents wishing Weatherill good luck and congratulating him on his successful election as an independent candidate; a list of personal donations from members of the Federation of Master Tailors and others with accompanying correspondence; copies of election leaflets; election address and notes; election leaflets and other material of previous Speakers such as Selwyn Lloyd, Sir Harry Hylton-Foster, Dr Horace King and George Thomas; press cuttings relating to himself and his opponents.

2 files (143 docs)

2.1974 - 6.1987
WEA/PC E9 Constituency Papers for the various General Election, 1964-1983

This file contains an assortment of election leaflets and posters and a copy of 'Why Britain need Liberal Government'.

1 file (26 docs)

1964 - 1983
WEA/PC M Miscellaneous Constituency Files

These files relate to various issues within the constituency, usually issues or organisations which Weatherill particularly associated himself with. They appear to have been assembled by him as a series of reference files as there is little correspondence from Weatherill other than acknowledgement of receipt. There is also an interesting series of newssheets and pamphlets issued by the local Conservative Association.

9 files

1964 - 1992
WEA/PC M1 Newsletter of the Croydon North East Conservative Association, 1964-1969

This file is a collection of photocopied sheets, issued monthly by the Croydon North East Conservative Association and containing items selected and written by Weatherill under the general title of 'the Month in Parliament'. Included in the file are a number of newspaper cuttings.

1 file (50 docs)

11.1964 - 12.1969
WEA/PC M2 Copies of the 'North-East Croydon News', 1965-1973

This file is an incomplete series of copies of the periodical 'North-East Croydon News - Journal of the North-East Croydon Conservative Association', from Vol. 6, No. 1 to Vol. 13 No. 4. The content of the periodicals is a series of articles, including one by Weatherill, with some photographs of local party events and advertisements by local firms.

1 file (19 docs)

11.1964 - 12.1969
WEA/PC M3 General file relating to Upper Norwood

The file of material relates to several issues in Upper Norwood including the Crystal Palace Foundation; the organisation UNIT, Upper Norwood Improvement Team; Crystal Palace Park; correspondence from Ulrich Pick; information about Spadework employing handicapped adults; issues of 'Friends of Fashion', a newsletter of the Museum of London; a list of housing associations with property in the borough of Croydon; Directory of Small Businesses, compiled by Croydon Business Venture.

1 file (63 docs)

1982 - 1988
WEA/PC M4 File relating to the Mayday Hospital in Croydon, 1986-1991

This file covers several fund-raising ventures at the Mayday Hospital, many of which Weatherill acted as patron or a president of the fund-raising committee. They include minutes and other material relating to the appeals for the Mayday Scanner, Kids in Mayday, and the Croydon Well Women Appeal.

1 file (48 docs)

1986 - 1991
WEA/PC M5 File relating to Water Well Trust, 1989-1992

This file relates to Water Well, a project started by one of Weatherill's constituents, to construct wells in Zambia. Much of the earlier correspondence is concerned with establishing the authenticity of the charity and its work, though once this is done Weatherill becomes a patron and involves himself with the charity.

1 file (37 docs)

1989 - 1992
WEA/PC M6 File relating to UNIT - Upper Norwood Improvement Team, 1988-1992

This file relates to the work of the Upper Norwood Improvement Team, of which Weatherill was chairman, and which was responsible for bringing together various organisations for an area which crosses for London borough boundaries. There are copies of the minutes of meetings and material relating to activities for seeking support and for restoration of buildings.

1 file (65 docs)

1988 - 1992
WEA/PC M7 File relating to St Mary's Day Centre, Upper Norwood, 1991

This file relates to the work of St Mary's Day Centre for the under-5's their mothers, which is run by the religious community of Sisters of Our Lady of Fidelity in Upper Norwood. As one of its patrons Weatherill is involved assisting and advising them about architects and planning matters and sources of fund-raising.

1 file (25 docs)

WEA/PC M8 File relating to Croydon Tramlink, 1991-1992

This file concerns the proposed private bill for a light railway scheme, known as Tramlink to join the centre of Croydon to Wimbledon, Beckenham and New Addington. The papers included letters of objection and support of the scheme from constituents, a confidential funding report and a copy of the bill.

1 file (50 docs)

1991 - 1992

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