Basil Risbridger DAVIDSON, alias Basil CRAIG: British. A Communist sympathizer. An...

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Reference: KV 2/3697

Basil Risbridger DAVIDSON, alias Basil CRAIG: British. A Communist sympathizer. An influential and prolific Journalist and author with a particular interest in the developing world, latterly Africa, DAVIDSON was an active member of various Communist-dominated or -influenced organisations, a member of the Writers' Group of the Communist Party and a close associate of leading Party members. Although the bias of his numerous press articles and books was consistently left-wing and anti-Imperialist /Colonial, DAVIDSON was never formally a member of the Party, probably because he could not accept the discipline this would have imposed. Thus, for instance, he took a strongly critical and independent line on the Soviet intervention in Hungary in 1956

Note: Serial 314a: row in Parliament about DAVIDSON's prohibited immigrant status in British colonies. Serial 321a: assessment of DAVIDSON's Communist Party affiliation
Date: 1950 Jan 24 - 1960 May 01
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department: PF 603670 VOL 8
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description
Access conditions: Retained Until 2012
Record opening date: 17 February 2012

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