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

Ask Scotland "to say Yes to a new and positive relationship with the rest of the UK", says Lord Lexden.

In a letter (attached) published in slightly edited form in The Daily Telegraph on 8 September, Alistair Lexden urged the pro-Union campaign to stop wrangling with its

The insult was swiftly and defiantly embraced, and then brandished with pride, as insults sometimes are. The term Tory, an Irish word meaning bandit or thief, was adopted gleefully by those MPs –strong supporters of the monarchy every one – against whom it was hurled repeatedly during heated

At the Carlton Club on October 9, Alistair Lexden delivered the second of three addresses to mark the tercentenary of the Hanoverian succession and its impact on the Tory Party, which had come into existence 35 years before the start of the new royal dynasty, along with its implacable opponent,

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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.

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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.