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"An indispensable guide to election campaigns at the grass-roots; congratulations on making this essential source widely available."
British General Elections are the benchmarks of British politics. At a maximum of five yearly intervals -- often more frequently -- they focus on the social and political changes of the nation, its views, concerns, and aspirations. Each party candidate writes a personal election address that is mailed to every elector. These key documents (a blend of national, local, and personal views and theories) are designed to have national appeal. They are a major resource for political researchers, revealing individuals' detailed, often colorful perspectives on national issues.
Initially, the only record of election addresses was found in reports in local newspapers, with press cuttings comprising the sole source of information for these early years. Later, individual election addresses were printed, and these reflect the changing style and approach of candidates.
Carefully gathered by the librarians of the National Liberal Club over almost one hundred years, this is the largest and most comprehensive collection of election addresses ever assembled. The collection is unrivalled as a source for biographical details of candidates and their careers, their individual policies and reactions to international, national, and local affairs and their interpretations of central party policy.
Part One: General Election Addresses, 1892-1922
Part Two: General Election Addresses, 1923-1931
Complete collection: 28 reels