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Papers concerning the Home Counties Labour Association and the NationalCommittee of Constituency Labour Parties, two left wing pressure groups ofwhich Garnsworthy was chairman. There is also correspondence dealing withthe running of these groups, Labour Party pamphlets from World War II and aLabour Party song sheet.

  • Folder 1. Correspondence and copies of correspondence of ER Simmons of theSurrey Labour Federation and Bea Greene with GR Shepherd, the Labour PartyNational Agent and the Secretary TS Middleton about the above associations,also carbon copy of letter (anon) to Hugh Dalton 1934 - 1935.
  • Folder 2. Papers of the Home Counties Labour Association otherwise theSouthern and Labour Counties Association of Labour Parties includingexecutive committee minutes and reports General Assembly minutes and reports(not complete sets) agendas, circular letters etc. Also speech by Garnsworthyto the second annual assembly. 1939.
  • Folder 3. As above, also correspondence between Garnsworthy, Greene and GeorgeLoman 1937 - 1938.
  • Folder 4. Provisional Committee of Constituency Labour Parties later NationalCommittee papers. Circular letters, reports, letters from Bea Green, draftmemorandum by Bea Greene. 1936 - 1940.
  • Folder 5. Draft Constitution of the National Association of Labour Parties anddraft appeal, press cuttings and circulars. Undated. Letters to Garnsworthy aboutAssociation Committee business.
  • Folder 6. Labour Party pamphlets and broad sheets collected by Garnsworthy.

Administrative / Biographical History

Charles James Garnsworthy 1906-1974

Charles Garnsworthy was educated at Wellington School and then joined thebuilding industry in 1925 and an insurance agency in 1931. However his maininterest was politics becoming a member of the Banstead UDC, 1937 - 1947, andSurrey County Council 1952 - 1974 (Alderman 1966 - 1974). Garnsworthy was also aco-opted member of the Union of Shop Distributive and Allied Workers and amember of the London County Council's Children's Committee 1949 - 1954.

He contested Reigate as a Labour candidate in 1945, 1950, 1951, 1955, 1960and 1964. He was made a government whip in 1974. In 1967 Garnsworthy was created Baron(Life Peer) of Reigate.


Arranged by Labour Party organisation.

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