Devolution is now the most important question in British politics. On its resolution hangs the future unity of our country. During a full debate on the subject in the Lords on 29 October, Alistair Lexden went back to the years before the First World War when Home Rule for Ireland dominated British politics.
The Tamworth based Peel Society recently launched their new publication Peel in Caricature in the House of Lords.
Severe difficulties have recently arisen in the devolved government in Northern Ireland. Alistair Lexden welcomed the cross-party discussions that Theresa Villiers, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, began on 16th October in the hope of securing a resolution of the problems. ‘ We are all surely united in wishing the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland every success in her endeavours’, he said in a debate on Northern Ireland in the Lords on October 22.
On July 21, during the Committee stage of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, Alistair Lexden spoke in support of an amendment designed to make amends to all gay men convicted in the past under laws which have now been overturned. He returned to the issue in a short speech during the Report stage of the Bill on October 20.
The Fellowship, established in 1990,is an interdenominational organisation that supports the Conservative Party and works to draw more professing Christians into association with the Party.
On October 17 he returned to Holmwood House School in Lexden on the outskirts of Colchester, Essex where he spent three contented years before starting (reluctantly) at a boarding school at the age of ten.
The Electoral Commission has calculated that only 44 per cent of young people voted in the 2010 election and only some 50 per cent were registered.
This year is the Hansard Society’s 70th anniversary. It was founded during the final phase of the Second World War by a popular and influential independent MP, Sir Stephen King-Hall. Its extensive programme of work has two central themes: promoting political education and strengthening parliamentary institutions.
Alistair Lexden continued his series of visits to schools and colleges on October 9 when he went to Ashbourne College, an ‘outstanding’ (Ofsted’s word) academic institution in the heart of Kensington, West London. It is a member of the Council for Independent Education, of which Alistair Lexden is President.
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, the Whig Party.