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...

Anthony Eden has not enjoyed a high reputation among the Prime Ministers of this country. On May 10 Alistair Lexden considered his career and achievements afresh in a lecture which he delivered at Speaker’s House, chaired by The Speaker. The lecture formed part of a series entitled “...

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...

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...

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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Lord Lexden in Parliament

My Lords, I must at once pay tribute to the noble Lord, Lord Roberts, for this debate on this most pressing issue, and for his tremendous,...
To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to extend VAT zero-rating to building work in independent schools that do not charge VAT on...
To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the proportion of registered electors turned away from polling stations as part of the recent...

Latest news

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Millions of people who are eligible to vote are not on the...
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A petition has been launched, calling for a statue of a...
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Alistair Lexden asked the final oral question of the first...

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: