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Denby Dale Labour Party Archive
The archives of the Denby Dale Labour Party which includes minute books, financial records, photographs, promotional fliers and election campaign materials, and a brief history of the Party.
  • DDL/1

    Denby Dale Urban District Council Labour Group minute book Item

    1948-1971
    Minute book for the Denby Dale Urban District Council Labour Group from 1948 to 1971. The minutes record: discussions regarding the potential local government reorganisation of the West Riding; discussions concerning the building of new council houses in the Denby Dale area, especially for the purpose of slum clearances; repeated discussions over the issue of whether tenants should be allowed to buy their council houses, which some in the Group opposed as they believed it went against socialist principals; and the formation and reporting of numerous sub-committees.
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  • DDL/10

    Denby Dale Ward Branch Labour Party minutes Item

    Dec 1997-Jul 2006
    Minutes of the Denby Dale Ward Branch Labour Party from December 1997 to July 2006 with the invitations to meetings sent out to members. Meetings during this period were generally held at either Denby Dale Cricket Club or Denby Dale Pie Hall. The minutes record general Party business, such as the selection of Party Officers and maintaining finances and membership numbers, as well as the Party's campaign work during local, parliamentary and european elections. Of particular note, the minutes record the Party's discussions of the Iraq War and David Hinchcliffe stepping down as MP for Wakefield in 2005 (the minutes include a letter sent by David Hinchciffe in 2003 to inform the Party of his decision).

    This bundle also includes Denby Dale Ward Branch Labour Party Weekly Briefs for 5th - 12th February 1999.
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  • DDL/11

    Skelmanthorpe Labour Party account book Item

    1982-1991
    Accounts book of the Skelmanthorpe Branch Labour Party from 1982 to 1991. Shows the income and expenditure for the Party through memberships, organised events such as barbeques, donations, subscriptions and the production of election materials. The account for the Skelmanthorpe Branch Party was closed on 23 Jan 1991 and the final balance was paid forward to the Denby Dale Labour Party.
    Also loose inside volume are two membership cards to, and letters of thanks from, the Yorkshire Rose Club; a full list of the members of the Education Committee for Kirklees Metropolitan Council (1984); and a statement of account for the Skelmanthorpe, Clayton West and Emley Branch Labour Party (1988/1989).
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  • DDL/12

    Denby Dale Ward Branch Labour Party financial statements Item

    1997-2003
    Includes summary financial statements of receipts and payments for the years 1997, 2002 and 2003.
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  • DDL/13

    Winifred Wheable election addresses and photographs Item

    1962-1982
    Envelope containing election addresses, pamphlets and photographs for Winifred Wheable in various elections including the 1978 Kirklees Metropolitan District Council election, the 1977 West Yorkshire County Council election (for the Kirkburthon/Denby Dale ward), the 1983/1984 Kirklees Metropolitan District Council election (for the Denby Dale and Shelley ward), and the 1970 Denby Dale Urban District Council election (Denby Dale and Cumberworth). Flyers for J A Lawton also included for the 1970 election.

    Also includes a newspaper cutting entitled 'Autumn Fair for Local Party' from the District Chronicle, 29 Oct 1982, Winifred Wheable's personal notes concerning the time line of events in the Denby Dale Labour Party and promotional images of Winifred Wheable dated 1962.
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  • DDL/14

    Denby Dale Labour Party fliers and photographs Item

    c1967-1984
    Envelope containing photographs and fliers concerning the Denby Dale Labour Party. The file includes:

    A black and white photograph of Denby Dale Labour Party members including Councillor Colin Watson, Councillor Bill Gregory, Winifred Wheable and prospective parliamentary candidate Peter Hilden
    A photograph of the [Denby Dale] spring fair in 1978 showing Winifred Wheable, Peter Hilden, Councillor Mrs Smith and Councillor Watson
    A photograph of the 1979 autumn fair showing Councillor Mrs [Lighes], Right Honourable D Healey, Councillor Gregory, Winifred Wheable and Councillor Watson
    A photograph of a party meeting including Winifred Wheable, David Clark and Brendan Loughnane
    A photograph of the Denby Dale Labour Party council including Winifred Wheable in the chair, (copyright Montgomery Photography Ltd.)
    A publicity photograph of Winifred Wheable, Stephen [Priestly] and his daughter showing the 'Kirklees Street by Street' guide and the 'Denby Dale District' guide. Note made to say these guides were produced by Kirklees Council and Denby Dale Urban District Council. (Copyright Huddersfield Examiner)
    Election flyer for Winifred Wheable and Molly Dixon standing for the Denby Dale Urban District Council election of 1967, Denby Dale and Cumberworth ward.
    Election flyer for the Denby Dale Urban District Council election of 1970, J A Lawton and Winifred Wheable standing for County Councillor (Denby Dale and Cumberworth ward)
    Election flyers for Winifred Wheable in the Kirklees Metropolitan District Council election of 1978
    Election flyers for Winifred Wheable in the Kirklees Metropolitan District Council election of 1983/4, (Denby Dale and Shelley ward)
    Letter frm Jim [Lawton] to George announcing that Mr [Lawton] will be stading down from local politics after 22 years as County Councillor and Urban District Councillor. 12th May 1975
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  • DDL/15

    History of Denby Dale Labour Party Item

    2009
    Typed notes on the historical background of the Denby Dale labour branches and wards and personal reminiscences of local labour party activists, written by Winifred Wheable-Archer [2 copies]. The manuscript starts with the creation of the Denby Dale Urban District Council in 1938 and follows the fluctuations of the local council and the affects these changes had on the branch parties. There is naturally a focus on the political career of Winifred Wheable-Archer and other prominent local party members such as Harold and Nellie Auckland, David Clark, Bill and Linda Sugrue, Molly Dixon, Arthur Belcher, Marjorie Lawton, Tom Megahy, Colin and Doreen Watson. The document also outlines the creation of the youth section of the local party in 1968 as formed by Brendan Loughnane. Various achievements of the Urban District Council are also highlighted. The merger of the Emley, Skelmanthorpe, Clayton West, Cumberworth and Denby Dale branches, which was due to dwindling membership numbers in the 1980s, is also explained.

    It is noted that this was not Winifred Wheable-Archer's final draft of the piece.
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  • DDL/2

    Denby Dale Urban District Labour Party minute book Item

    Jan 1949-Feb 1967
    Minute book for the Denby Dale Urban District Labour Party from Jan 1949 to February 1967. The minutes record general Party business, such as the selection of Party Officers and maintaining finances and membership numbers, as well as the Party's campaign work during local and parliamentary elections. The minutes also record the social events and activities that the Party organised for members, such as gift days and fairs.

    The minute book also includes some campaign leaflets and several receipts at the back of the book and some loose material relating to the Colne Valley Labour Party, including an announcement and agenda of AGM to be held in January 1967, list of names and addresses and a circular from the Colne Valley Constituency Labour Party
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  • DDL/3

    Denby Dale and Cumberworth Branch Labour Party minute book Item

    Jan 1967- Feb 1976
    Minute book for the Denby Dale and Cumberworth Branch Labour Party from January 1967 to February 1976. The minutes record the activities and decisions made by the Party concerning local issues such as the selection of magistrates, dustbin collections, footpaths, playing fields, fund raising, sewage systems and bus services... etc. The minutes also record: the preparations made for canvassing and campaign work during parliamentary and local council elections, and the outcomes of these elections; the election of officers within the branch party itself; and the Party's general business such membership and financial reporting. The minutes also record: the establishment of a Young Socialist Group for the ward; the nominations of local magistrates; the 1969 ward boundary changes; addresses made by local political figures such as David Clark; and donations made by the Party to the South African Aid appeal.

    On 29 January 1969 the minutes record the fears of the Party that the on-going fraud investigations in the council might reflect badly on the Party as an extension of the council. On 22 January 1970 the minutes record an address by David Clark who talked about Labour's victory in the election, winning back Colne Valley constituency, the economy, and other social issues. On 22 July 1971 the Party passed a resolution asking for action at ward and urban party level to make the public aware of the intention of the NCB (National Coal Board) to start outcropping in the urban district.
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  • DDL/4

    Denby Dale Urban District Labour Party minute book Item

    Feb 1967-Feb 1972
    Minute book for the Denby Dale Urban District Labour Party from February 1967 to February 1972. The Denby Dale Urban District area included Emley, Skelmanthorpe, Clayton West, and from the 1970s, also includes Scissett and Cumberworth. The minutes record the activities and decisions made by the Party concerning local issues such as the selection of magistrates, dustbin collections, footpaths, playing fields, fund raising, sewage systems and bus services... etc.

    The minutes also record: the preparations made for canvassing and campaign work during parliamentary and local council elections, and the outcomes of these elections; the election of officers within the branch party itself; and the Party's general business such as membership and financial reporting.

    On 28 April 1969 the minutes record that the Party passed a resolution to be submitted to the National Conference which stated that the Party 'deplores the practice of private patients being given preferential treatment on hospitals under the control of the ministry'. On the 18 November 1970 the minutes record that the Party submitted a resolution to the General Management Committee that "in view of the recent Tory proposals, this constituency party calls upon the next Labour Government to introduce genuine Socialist Policies immediately upon taking office". This resolution was sent for consideration for submission to the Annual Conference but failed to win the support of the constituency. In 1971 the minutes record that the Party donated money to the Anti-Apartheid movement and the African Liberation Movement. On 21 Jul 1971 the minutes record the passing of a resolution, with copies sent to the local press, the constituency executive and regional council, that the Party "expresses considerable dismay at the applications being made by the National Coal Board to operate extensive opencast workings in Denby Dale and neighbouring areas...we call upon the ward parties to take action to lead public objections in their districts". On 19 January 1972 the Party wrote to the local branches of the NUM (National Union of Mineworkers) to show their support of the strike and to inform them that a Distress Fund would be available to financially assist miners in the area.
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