Lord Lexden is a Conservative peer who took his seat in the House of Lords in January 2011. He is a political historian who is the Official Historian to the Conservative Party and the Carlton Club. He writes regularly for various newspapers and contributes in many Lords debates.

About Lord Lexden

Career Summary

  • 1966-71 Historical research and teaching at Cambridge, Edinburgh and Belfast Universities
  • 1971-77 Lecturer and Tutor in Modern History at Queen's University, Belfast
  • 1977-97 Conservative Research Department

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The future Edward VII dominated Cowes week in the early 1890s through his prowess in sailing the first Britannia which later passed to his son (" Britannia to rule the waves once more, Aug. 2). In 1896, however, the Kaiser gained the upper hand sailing the giant Meteor II, a bigger

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There is even more to the bizarre story of Baroness Stowell , the first Lords Leader without a Cabinet seat, and the Chancellorship of the Duchy of Lancaster than Charles Moore indicates (The Spectator’s Notes, 26 July).

The proposed salary top-up from Tory party

Last year Uganda introduced an Anti-Homosexuality Act which increased the oppression of gay people in a country where homosexuality was already illegal. The Act has unleashed a wave of extreme and violent homophobia. In the Lords on July 23 Alistair Lexden said that targeted sanctions should be

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Welcome to the official website of Alistair Lexden (formerly Alistair Cooke). This website supports his work in the House of Lords, with the Conservative Party, the Conservative History Group and also the Carlton Club.

The site is split into the following sections:

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Lord Lexden's Letters

You can access an archive of Alistair Lexden's contributions to The Times and Daily Telegraph (dating back to 2006) on the letters page.