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National Library of Wales
Best, Keith, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0210 KEBEST

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Keith Best Papers

Short Title: Best, Keith, papers

Creation date(s): 1979-1987

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.972 cubic metres (127 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Keith Lander Best (b. 1949)


Administrative/Biographical history: Keith Lander Best (born 10 June 1949) was Conservative Party Member of Parliament (MP) for Anglesey from 1979 (when he gained the seat from Labour) to 1983, and for (the renamed) Ynys Mon from 1983 to 1987. He was personal assistant to Nicholas Edwards, the Secretary of State for Wales, from 1981 to 1984. Best was born in Brighton and educated at Keble College, Oxford, before becoming a barrister in 1973. He served in the Territorial Army 1967-87 and as a Brighton Borough councillor 1976-80. After his election to Parliament, Best's reputation began to suffer when he was involved in a road accident in which his personal assistant was killed, although he was cleared of responsibility for the crash. He eventually stood down after admitting share-cheating. He was sentenced to four months' imprisonment for this in October 1987, although this sentence was quashed after he had served five days. His successor as MP for Ynys Mon was Plaid Cymru candidate Ieuan Wyn Jones. In 2000, Best failed in a bid for re-selection by the Conservative Party in Anglesey. He was director of Prisoners Abroad 1989-93. In 1993, he became chief executive of the Immigration Advisory Service. In 2003, he was named by The Guardian as one of the 100 most influential people in public services in the UK.


Scope and content/abstract: The collection comprises: correspondence and papers on specific subjects (files 1-83); and correspondence received from constituents (files 84-271).


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged as follows: correspondence and papers on specific subjects; constituency correspondence.

Conditions governing access: Files 84-271 are under embargo for 75 years (Data Protection Act exemption s.40). Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales. The catalogue can also be accessed online.

Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated to the Library by Mr Keith Best in 1987.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Archivist's note: Compiled by J. Graham Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW, List of the Keith Best Papers; Wikipedia, consulted 18 September 2006.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2 and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: September 2006

Anglesey (Wales) | Politics and government | 20th century
Best, Keith | Archives
Politicians | Wales | Archives
Politics, Practical | Wales | Anglesey
Welsh Conservatives (Political party) | Records and correspondence

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