LevelItem
Ref NoHJSY/2/4
TitleConversations 1977-1978
Date9 March 1977 - 14 December 1978
Extent1 file
Creator NameYoung; Hugo John Smelter (1938 - 2003) journalist
DescriptionTyped and handwritten notes written by Hugo Young to record political conversations and informal interviews held with individuals in 1977-78

The conversations are with the following people:

Tony Benn, 9 March 1977
Francis Pym, 15 March 1977
Roy Hattersley, 16 March 1977*
Edward Heath, 16 March 1977
David Steel, 25 March 1977
Douglas Hurd, 30 March 1977

David Steel, 27 April 1977
Roy Hattersley, 28 April 1977*
Jo Grimond, 28 April 1977
'JP' 28 April 1977

Memorandum containing typescript of conversation with David Owen, 13 May 1977
'AL' 18 May 1977
Memorandum detailing off-the-record briefing by the Prime Minister, James Callaghan, 24 May 1977

Joe Haines, 1 June 1977
Robert Armstrong, 2 June 1977
'RH' (Labour MP) 3 June 1977
[Lord] Hailsham, 10 June 1977
Chris Patten, 21 June 1977

Memorandum from Deputy Editor of the Sunday Times to Hugo Young, detailing lunch with Denis Healey and information given concerning the relationship between unemployment and inflation, 2 August 1977
Additional notes on Healey lunch, undated

'CP' Autumn 1977
Jim Prior, 13 September 1977
Chris Patten, 15 September 1977
Baron Hayhoe, 15 September 1977
Tony Benn, 20 September 1977

Robert Jackson, 5 November 1977
Roy Hattersley, 8 November 1977*
Memorandum from Deputy Editor of the Sunday Times to Hugo Young, detailing lunch conversation with Shirley Williams, 9 November 1977
Memorandum from Harold Evans, Editor of the Sunday Times to Hugo Young, detailing a 'private' talk with the Prime Minister, 15 November 1977
Jim Prior, 22 November 1977
Richard Holme, 22 November 1977

Eric Varley, 7 December 1977
[John] Lyttle, 14 December 1977
Chris Patten, 15 December 1977

Notes of meeting between F Giles and Margaret Thatcher, New Years Day 1978
Harold Lever, 5 January 1978

Notes from Michael Jones to Hugo Young about the opinion of Margaret Thatcher and her party towards immigration, 3 February 1978
Roy Hattersley, 28 February 1978*

'PT lunch' 14 March 1978

Margaret Bain, 18 April 1978

John Biffen, May 1978

Geoffrey Howe, 20 June 1978
Tony Benn, 28 June 1978

David Steel, 21 July 1978

John Harris, 10 August 1978

Roy Hattersley, 8 September 1978*
David Stephen, 20 September 1978

David Steel, 18 October 1978
Tony Benn, 18 October 1978
Roy Hattersley, 19 October 1978*

'KS' 7 November 1978
John Biffen, 16 November 1978

Douglas Hurd, 14 December 1978

Comment by Hugo Young entitled 'Shuffle misgivings' discussing the members and structure of the Callaghan cabinet, undated

[Bill] Rodgers, undated

Significant subjects covered in conversation discussions include:

James Callaghan and his leadership of the Labour party
Future policies and direction of the Labour party
Members and structure of the Callaghan cabinet
Margaret Thatcher and her leadership of the Conservative party
The economy
The forthcoming general election
The Liberal party
Europe
Immigration
Prison services
System Of ArrangementChronological
Access StatusOpen(part)
TermUnemployment
Inflation
Immigration
Political Leadership
Political Parties
Cabinet Ministers
Economy
Parliamentary Elections
Prison Services
Internal Politics
FormatManuscript
Typescript

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