CollectionBernard Weatherill Papers
TitleElection Papers
Extent10 folders
DescriptionThese 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, includind 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.
PhysicalDescription10 files
Related PersonWeatherill, Bruce Bernard (1920-2007), Baron Weatherill, Speaker of the House of Commons
Related OrganisationConservative Association, Croydon North-East
Conservative Party
House of Commons, Speaker
Related PlaceCroydon, London
Access conditionsThis material is available for consultation at the University of Kent's Special Collections & Archives reading room, Templeman Library, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NU (
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