This is the website of Lord Lexden, formerly Alistair Cooke, politician and historian. It provides a full account of all his public work in and outside Parliament as a Conservative peer since the start of 2011, as well as his lectures, articles, book reviews and published letters in the press.

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

The Queen will shortly become Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. A book published last week (and reviewed below) looks back in entertaining fashion at her predecessors and reflects on the position of the monarchy today.


Gimson’s Kings & Queens: Brief Lives of the

On June 11, Alistair Lexden delivered an address at a dinner held at the Carlton Club—of which he is the official historian— to mark the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo. He spoke first about the battle itself and then went on to deal with its political aftermath, describing both from the

At oral question time in the Lords on September 9, Alistair Lexden asked the government why it opposed the extension of civil partnerships to two siblings living together in a stable and loving relationship in property which they owned jointly. The discussion focused mainly on inheritance tax

On 23 October Alistair Lexden delivered an address at a lunch held in the Carlton Club, of which he is the historian, to mark the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, fought on 25 October 1415.

In his address, the text of which follows, he first considered the principal accounts

In a note published in The Times on October 19, supplementing its obituary of the former Labour Deputy Leader, Alistair Lexden recalled a little incident in which he unwittingly assisted Tory Party funds.

As editor of the Conservative Party’s publications in the 1980s I once had

Lord Lexden in Parliament

My Lords, I have been greatly heartened and encouraged by the support—indeed, enthusiasm—with which the Bill has been greeted. I am...
My Lords, I beg to move that this Bill be now read a second time. I am deeply grateful to those noble Lords who will be speaking in today’s...
What has been the actual cost of the prolonged welfare stand-off between Stormont and Westminster? When will the paramilitary structures highlighted...

Latest news

The Conservative History Group, of which Alistair Lexden is...
The Private Member’s Bill which Alistair Lexden introduced in...
The Lords held their last full debates on the EU Referendum Bill...

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.

On this website

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: