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...

It is one of the most controversial portraits ever painted. Churchill hated it, and his wife arranged for it to be destroyed. 

In a major article published in the June/July issue of The London Magazine—an eminent but not well-known periodical—Alistair Lexden, writing in...

Anthony Eden has not enjoyed a high reputation among the Prime Ministers of this country. On May 10 Alistair Lexden considered his career and achievements afresh in a lecture which he delivered at Speaker’s House, chaired by The Speaker. The lecture formed part of a series entitled “...

This year marks the centenary of the Battle of Somme in which so many soldiers died or sustained grave injuries. The Battle began on 1 July 1916 and finally came to an inglorious end on November 18 that year. On March 14, Alistair Lexden opened a short, one-hour debate in the Lords on the...

It is often said that politics and the theatre have much in common. A new book about the oldest amateur dramatic society in the world explores the connection between them in the course of telling an absorbing story of theatrical success over nearly 170 years. Alistair Lexden’s review of the book...

A petition has been launched, calling for a statue of a suffragette in Parliament Square. In a letter published in The Daily Telegraph on 16 May, Alistair Lexden argued that there is a much stronger candidate—a woman who rejected the methods used by the suffragettes.

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Lord Lexden in Parliament

Is it not the case that independent schools disburse far more in means-tested bursaries than they receive as a result of charitable status? Is not...
To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer given by Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen on 9 June (HL Deb, col 817), how the consideration...
To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bridges of Headley on 6 June (HL132), how many sections of, and...

Latest news

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The Spectator magazine recently questioned the legality of...
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Is there anything new to be said about Churchill after all that...
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On June 5, The Sunday Telegraph reported that Tony...

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: