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 has always been the custom to make Tory leaders honorary members of the Carlton Club. Margaret Thatcher followed in the footsteps of her predecessors when she became leader in 1975. A recent article in the famous Londoner’s Diary in the London Evening Standard asserted that she was...

On June 30 Boris Johnson made his sensational announcement that he would not be a candidate in the forthcoming Tory leadership election. In a letter in The Times on July 1—the leading letter that day—Alistair Lexden regretted that Boris had not undertaken a full political training in...

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...

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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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...

Lord Lexden in Parliament

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the size of the Privy Council on 13 July; and how many appointments had been made to it up to that...
With commuters losing their jobs as a result of this appalling dispute, has any assessment been made of the number of lost jobs?
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions have taken place to implement the undertaking given by the Paymaster General to provide...

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Joe Chamberlain has been much in the news this month, following...
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Disraeli, for so long the great 19th century Tory icon, is in...
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It has always been the custom to make Tory leaders honorary...

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: