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

Doreen Miller rose swiftly to prominence in the Conservative party in London during the Thatcher era after a successful career in the cosmetics business.  Finchley, which Margaret Thatcher represented, was one of the many constituencies in which she established a formidable reputation as a

Alistair Lexden wrote this account of the career of an outstanding Ulster politician and lawyer as the basis for an obituary in The Times newspaper. A badly mangled obituary that drew on this account was published in The Times on June 25, 2014. What follows is the full text that Alistair Lexden

Dear Sir
It is wholly inappropriate for the Elgin Marbles to be housed in the British Museum's Duveen Galleries(" Elgin Marbles to move--but not to Greece",July 3). They are named after Joe Duveen (1869-1939) who made a fortune by buying old masters for a song from impoverished aristocrats

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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.