The Conservative History Group, of which Alistair Lexden is Chairman, produces an annual journal. The 2015 edition, running to 70 lavishly illustrated pages, has been published this week.
The Private Member’s Bill which Alistair Lexden introduced in the Lords in early June was given its Second Reading on November 20.
On November 16 Alistair Lexden visited Scarisbrick Hall School, near Ormskirk in Lancashire, an award-winning member of the Independent Schools Association, of which he is President.
On November 14 Alistair Lexden gave an address to members of the Conservative Christian Fellowship. His main theme was the strength and duration of the Party’s close connection with the Church of England which gave rise to the well-known description of the C of E as “ the Conservative Party at prayer”.
On October 28 The Times diary column included a light-hearted piece suggested by Alistair Lexden following the outbreak of clapping in the Lords two days earlier when the first female Bishop was introduced into the House (she is Bishop of Gloucester).
On October 8, Alistair Lexden spoke briefly at the annual conference of Conservatives Abroad, the official Party organisation which—under the leadership of its Chairman, Heather Harper, and her small dedicated team—played an immensely important part in the historic Conservative victory in May.
F. E. Smith, Ist Earl of Birkenhead (1872-1930), a brilliant barrister and controversial Tory politician, was famous for his legendary wit, invariably employed at the expense of others. Anecdotes abound.
A well-reviewed history of the Carlton Club was published to mark its 175th anniversary in 2007. Alistair Lexden (then Alistair Cooke) is co-author of The Carlton Club 1832-2007.
The Independent Schools Association (ISA), of which Alistair Lexden is President, has for the first time in its history established a headquarters office adequate to its needs after many years in confined premises in Saffron Walden, Essex.
In his capacity as President of the Independent Schools Association (ISA)—which works on behalf of the heads of 370 independent schools—Alistair Lexden had the pleasure of formally installing the Association’s Chair for 2015-16, Dr Sarah Welch, at the House of Lords on September 2.