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

Lord Lexden made his comments in the second episode of a three-part programme on the political emancipation of women, broadcast on BBC 2 on March 4. The Primrose League, a vast Tory supporters’ club, contributed significantly to the advancement of women in politics before the First World War.

Conservative historian Lord Lexden reflects on the life of James Hamilton, the last Tory politician to be given a dukedom.

Abercorn: The Hamiltons of Barons Court
William J Roulston
Ulster Historical Foundation, £30

James Hamilton (1811-85

This milestone in his career as a contributor to the newspaper's famous letters page was passed on January 5 with the publication of a letter about an extraordinary Victorian missionary, Dr Joseph Wolff. The full text of the letter, which appeared in slightly abbreviated form, is attached.

This month marks the 50th anniversary of Churchill’s death. Alistair Lexden looked back to an aspect of his schooldays at Harrow during a debate on cadet units in schools in the Lords Grand Committee Room on January 15.

You can read the debate here:

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:

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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.