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Portrait of a PartyThe Conservative Party in Britain 1918-1945$
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Stuart Ball

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199667987

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199667987.001.0001

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The National Union and the Central Office

The National Union and the Central Office

Representation and Organization

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(p.241) 4 The National Union and the Central Office
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Portrait of a Party
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Stuart Ball

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199667987.003.0005

The fourth chapter begins with a discussion of the regional level of the party organisation. It then examines the national organisation, which consists of the voluntary and representative institution of the National Union and the professional and executive institution of the Central Office. In the case of the former, it considers the nature and functions of the Central Council, the annual Conference, the Executive Committee, and the various sub-committees. For the party headquarters, analysis focuses upon the offices of Chairman of the Party and of Principal Agent, and upon the organisation, personnel and activities of the Central Office. The chapter concludes with an examination of the Conservative Party's sources of income and its financial expenditure, based upon the first-ever access to the full run of detailed accounts which exist for the period from 1925 to 1945

Keywords:   National Union, Central Office, annual conference, Party Chairman, party finance

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