Records of Bernard Floud MP

Scope and Content

Correspondence files with constituents, subject files, newspaper cuttings and election correspondence for this Labour MP. The collection also includes a number of photographs both as MP but also some family photographs.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in Epsom,Surrey in March 1915 he was the son of Sir Francis Floud, High Commissioner to Canada. He went to Gresham's School in Holt, Norfolk before attending Wadham College, Oxford. Floud served in the army between 1939-1942 before joining the Ministry of Information until the end of the war when he moved to the Board of Trade, leaving the Civil Service in 1951 to become a farmer in Ongar, Essex. In 1955 he was employed by Granada as a television programme company executive.

Floud joined the Labour Party in 1937, and was a Labour Councillor on both a Parish and District Council in the 1950s. He represented Labour at the Chelmsford (1955) and Hemel Hempstead (1959) consistuencies before winning the Acton constituency in October 1964 and increased his marority in 1966.

Floud was identified as a Soviet agent by Anthony Blunt and in October 1967 he was interviewed by Peter Wright of MI5, as part of the security clearance necessary to become a junior minister. He committed suicide the following day (10 Oct 1967).


U DFL/1-13 Correspondence with constituents, 1964 - 1967

U DFL/14-48 Subject files, 1964 - 1967

U DFL/49-52 Press cuttings, 1962 - 1967

U DFL/53-57 Newspapers, 1966 - 1967

U DFL/58-92 Correspondence with constituents, 1964 - 1967

U DFL/93-105 Election correspondence and materials, 1952 - 1964

U DFL/106-116 General correspondence, 1942 - 1969

U DFL/117-148 Photographs, 1964 - 1967

U DFL/149-150 Miscellaneous, 1923 - 1945

Access Information

Some of the records in this collection contain sensitive personal information. In accordance with data protection legislation, records containing sensitive personal information are not available for public inspection for 75 years if the information relates to adults, or 100 years if the information relates to children. In some circumstances access may be granted for research purposes. To request access or for further information please contact

Access to all other material will be granted to any accredited reader.

Other Finding Aids

Entry in Modern political papers subject guide

Custodial History

U DFL/1-57 deposited in 1968

Related Material

The History Centre holds the records of a number of MPs who were contemporaries of Bernard Floud including:

James Johnson MP [U DJJ]

Cdr. Harry Pursey MP [U DPU]

Papers of Christopher Price MP [U DMP]

Papers of Frank Hooley MP [U DMH]

Papers of J. Kevin McNamara MP [U DMC]


Peter Wright, Spycatcher (1987)