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Tory Reform Group

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0097 TRG
Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science
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Full title: Tory Reform Group
Date(s): 1970-2006
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 67 boxes
Name of creator(s): Tory Reform Group
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Administrative/Biographical history:

In 1975 the pressure groups Pressure for Economic and Social Toryism (PEST), the Macleod Group, the Social Tory Action Group and the Manchester Tory Reform Group merged to form the Tory Reform Group.

The main aim of the Group is to encourage the Conservative Party to adopt centre-right, One Nation policies. It regularly publishes policy papers and issues a quarterly journal, The Reformer. It also organises events such as conferences, lectures, receptions and fringe meetings at Conservative Party Conferences.

The Group's President is Kenneth Clarke MP. Former Presidents were Nicholas Scott (1975-1980), Peter Walker (1980-1991) and David Hunt (1991-1997).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of the Tory Reform Group, 1970-2006, including correspondence, minutes of meetings, financial papers, membership records and files regarding events and seminars. Subjects covered include economics, the environment, social policy and Europe (including papers regarding the Single Currency/Euro). The collection also contains papers of PEST - Pressure for Economic and Social Toryism (TRG/1), Parliamentary Mainstream and Conservative Mainstream (TRG/3), and the Macleod Group of Conservative MPs (TRG/4).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

There are four sub-collections:
TRG/2 Tory Reform Group;
TRG/3 Parliamentary Mainstream and Conservative Mainstream;
TRG/4 Macleod Group of Conservative MPs.
A further deposit was received in July 2007 covering the period 1976-2006 - the papers cover TRG, Conservative Mainsteam and Parliamentary Mainstream and include details of seminars and meetings.

Conditions governing access:

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Conditions governing reproduction:

Most items can be photocopied, subject to handling and copyright restrictions. No material may be published without the prior permission of both the copyright holder and the Library. All applications for publication must be made to the Archivist in the first instance, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user.

Finding aids:

Online catalogue available.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Initial deposit eposited by Nicholas Kent

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Copied from LSE Archives CALM database by Anna Towlson.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Feb 2008

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