The majority of the archive is concerned with Hartley Booth's parliamentary career. LMA/4021/01 (3.5 linear feet) relates to Booth's parliamentary responsibilities, in particular European affairs. In addition there are files containing correspondence and background material which relate to Private Members' Bills promoted by Booth. LMA/4021/01 also contains subject files on national issues that emanated from constituents' cases.
LMA/4021/02 (7 linear feet) contains constituents' correspondence and case files as well as subject files relating to local issues. LMA/4021/03 (1 linear foot) contains Conservative Party material and subject files which relate to the period when Booth was a prospective parliamentary candidate. These files relate to both local and national issues.
1988 - 1997
LMA also has the records of the London Labour Party (Acc/2417), the London Liberal Party (Acc/1446), and a number of Conservative Association records (Southgate Wood Green and Lower Tottenham Acc/1158; and South Ealing Acc/1338).
As the collection consists of parliamentary and constituency material, there is a closure period of 30 years. There is no closure period on the published material in LMA/4021/04.
Administrative / biographical background:
Hartley Booth was born 17 July 1946 and educated at Queen's College, Taunton; Bristol University (LLB); and Downing College, University of Cambridge (LLM and PHD). He practised law between 1970 and 1984. From 1984 to 1988 he was Special Advisor to the Prime Minister and a member of the 10 Downing Street Policy Unit. From 1992 to 1997 Hartley Booth was the Conservative Member of Parliament for Finchley and Friern Barnet. As an MP he held various responsibilities and was a member of several groups and committees. The most prominent are listed below.
1992-1994 PPS to Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
1996-1997 PPS to Minister of State, Education and Employment