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1975 Jul 11 Fr
Archive (Vaizey MSS)

Conservatism: MT to John Vaizey (Conservatives have paid insufficient attention to their friends in the universities)

Document type: Declassified documents
Document kind: Letter
Venue: House of Commons
Source: Vaizey MSS, Hoover Institution, Stanford
Journalist: -
Editorial comments: The original letter from Vaizey offering to help full-time has not been found. He briefly took up the position of Chancellor of Monash University in Melbourne in 1975. Vaizey replied to this letter on 4 August, arguing that "the country has been on the wrong lines since 1941" and suggesting that "a major intellectual and moral effort is necessary to rescue our country from what seems abroad to be a totally catastrophic course". MT, he thought, was the "only possible person who can try to push us on to a different course".
Importance ranking: Major
Word count: 2pp
Themes: Conservatism, Labour Party & socialism, Conservative (leadership elections)