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Private papers of Lord Owen released

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Private papers of Lord Owen released

09 July 2009

A selection of the private papers of the former Foreign Secretary, Lord Owen, have been released at The National Archives.

A total of 90 files are available to the public, covering the then Dr David Owen's time as Foreign Secretary in the late 1970s. The files can be found listed on the Catalogue, references FCO 73/270 – 360.

Lord Owen was appointed Foreign Secretary by James Callaghan in February 1977 and served in the position until May 1979. At just 38 years of age he was the youngest Foreign Secretary since Anthony Eden in 1935.

The papers cover the Anglo-American proposals for Rhodesia, Namibia, Uganda, nuclear matters and the Soviet Union, and include personal papers and telegrams.

In addition to these files, 28 boxes of Lord Owen's private papers have been presented to the library at the University of Liverpool, where Lord Owen is Chancellor. These will be available for access later in the year.

David Owen was Leader of the Social Democratic Party from 1983-87 and from 1988-90.  After standing down as an MP in 1992 he was made a life peer with the title 'Baron Owen of the City of Plymouth'. Lord Owen now sits as an independent crossbencher in the House of Lords.

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