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...

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...

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...

Controversy arose recently when the House of Lords announced that the centuries-old practice of printing Acts of Parliament on vellum would cease. The Lords voted for change in 1999, but it did not take effect because under a long-standing agreement, going back to 1849, both Houses had to be in...

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...

Lord Lexden in Parliament

I rise to make one or two comments on behalf of myself and the noble Lord, Lord Empey, who cannot be in his place today. The Minister responded with...
To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the comment by the Paymaster General, Matthew Hancock MP, reported in The Daily Telegraph on...
My Lords, this has opened up an interesting and quite valuable debate. It has brought me some mildly critical comments from the noble Lord, Lord...

Latest news

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Much of Alistair Lexden’s work in the sphere of education stems...
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Discussions take place between the government and the devolved...
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On January 18, Alistair Lexden asked the government whether it...

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: