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

Alistair Lexden has presented awards to 36 outstanding students. The recipients—some British, some from overseas-- were warmly applauded at a ceremony held at the Lords on March 18.

All had achieved remarkable examination results at sixth form colleges belonging to the Council for

1915 marks the centenary of Britain’s disastrous Gallipoli campaign. The war in the Middle East, of which it was part, has been unduly overshadowed in British history by the battles on the Western front which have been the subject of many books. The political map of the Middle East was

David Cameron’s wife, Samantha, has a number of MPs (all Tory) among her forbears. One of them was the subject of a piece in The Times on April 25 which featured one of the refreshment tickets distributed to his supporters who exchanged them for free food and drink. Alistair Lexden

The state of the opinion polls before the general election has prompted much speculation about what might happen if no government can be formed after it supported by a majority of MPs. In a letter published in The Daily Telegraph on April 27, Alistair Lexden recalled what occurred in

There has been much comment during the election campaign about the threat to the Union posed by the SNP. In a letter published in The Spectator on May 2 (see below), Alistair Lexden expressed regret that that the Conservative Party had not done more to defend the unity of the country as

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:

Latest news

On May 20 the Prince of Wales visited Mullaghmore , Co. Sligo...
On May 20 the excellent West Lodge School in Sidcup—where...
It is a little known fact that the Privy Council, the Queen’s...

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.