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.
John Röhl, Emeritus Professor of History at Sussex University, has won lavish and well-deserved praise for his three-volume biography of the Kaiser which runs to some 4,000 pages and draws on fifty years’ research in archives all over Europe. Now he has produced a slim volume which presents the masterpiece in miniature form in under 200 pages of narrative. The portrait may be much smaller in size, but it provides, no less vividly than the much larger work, an utterly convincing likeness of a man who was by turns fearsome, endearing, self-pitying and ludicrous.
On 18 September Alistair Lexden, official historian of the Carlton Club, spoke at a special history evening held at the Club to mark the tercentenary of the Hanoverian succession and its devastating impact on the Tory Party of the day. It was on 18 September 1714 that George I set foot on British soil, landing at Greenwich after a sea crossing from Holland.