MC:P2/8 Dodds-Parker’s term in the European Parliament, 1973–1975
In 1973, Dodds-Parker was appointed one of Britain’s first representatives to the European Parliament (British MEPs were not directly elected there until 1979), and he remained there until 1975, when he stood down, following his retirement from Westminster. An account of these years, and in particular of the complications of trying to keep in touch with Strasbourg, Westminster and Dodds-Parker’s own constituency, is given in Political Eunuch, pp.158–64.
Papers in this section include correspondence, reports of Dodds-Parker’s speeches in the European Parliament, and papers on a report on the sugar trade for which he was rapporteur. See MC:P2/15/1J/27–30 for Dodds-Parker’s engagement diaries from this time.
The papers are divided into the following series:
MC:P2/8/1MS General European Parliamentary Papers
MC:P2/8/2MS Notes on the Africa Committee
MC:P2/8/3MS Papers on the Sugar Industry
MC:P2/8/1C General Correspondence
MC:P2/8/2N Miscellaneous Newspaper Cuttings
MC:P2/8/3N Other Newspaper Cuttings
MC:P2/8/1L Dodds-Parker’s European Passport
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