CollectionBernard Weatherill Papers
TitleConservative Whips Office
Extent19 files
DescriptionWeatherill joined the Conservative Whips Office early in his parliamentary career, in January 1967, having come to the attention of Willie Whitelaw when leading a group of back benchers to vote with the Opposition on sanctions in Rhodesia. During his years in the Whips Office the Conservative Party was in Government only from June 1970 to February 1974 and so most of his experience was in Opposition. He had special responsibility for trade, power and labour affairs and held various appointments in the Royal Household - Commissioner of HM Treasury, 1970-1971; Vice-Chamberlain of HM Household, 1971-1972; Comptroller of HM Household, 1972-1973; Treasurer of HM Household, 1973-1974. From 1970-1979 he was a member of the Services (House of Commons) Committee and in 1974 became Deputy Chief Whip and so was in a prominent position at the time of the leadership election in 1975, when Margaret Thatcher replaced Edward Heath as leader of the Conservative Party.
NotesPrevious reference number: WEA/PP W
PhysicalDescription19 files
ArrangementThe material in these files reflect some of these activities. They split into two groups with a series of chronological files containing a mixture of items covering his parliamentary duties as both a constituency MP and a member of the Whips Office, with some private material and a small group of topical files. As usual Weatherill frequently adds annotations and comments to items giving some interesting insights and background to issues.
Related PersonWhitelaw, William Stephen Ian (1918-1999) Viscount Whitelaw of Penrith, Conservative politician
Thatcher, Margaret Hilda (1925-2013) Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven, Prime Minister
Related OrganisationConservative Party Whips Office
Royal Household
Related PlaceRhodesia
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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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