The Government is due to introduce a new British Bill of Rights to replace Labour’s Human Rights Act 1998. Key issues relating to this important constitutional and legal reform were debated in the Lords on July 2.
June 29 marked the 160th anniversary of the first issue of The Telegraph. In a letter published in the paper on July 2, Alistair Lexden explained the part that Gladstone had played in its early succes.
On 30 June Alistair Lexden delivered a lecture as part of a series entitled ‘Parliamentarians on Parliamentarians’ held in Speaker’s House and chaired by the Speaker.
25 years ago today the IRA bombed the Carlton Club in St James’s Street, London. Alistair Lexden—official historian of the Club as well as of the Conservative Party—marked the anniversary in a short article for circulation to members.
On June 11, Alistair Lexden delivered an address at a dinner held at the Carlton Club—of which he is the official historian— to mark the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo. He spoke first about the battle itself and then went on to deal with its political aftermath, describing both from the standpoint of the Duke of Welllington.
It is difficult to gauge the true extent of postal voting fraud. The government tends to underestimate it. Alistair Lexden raised the issue in an oral question in the Lords on June 4 against the background of grave concerns voiced recently by the former Chief Crown Prosecutor for North-West England. He also drew attention to complaints by overseas electors who did not receive their postal votes for the general election.
For the last year Alistair Lexden has been working closely with Create Streets (CS), an increasingly influential social enterprise and research institute dedicated to improving the built environment.
As a strong supporter of the Union between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Alistair Lexden believes that the Conservative Party must be directly involved in the Province’s political life.
On 28 May Alistair Lexden was a guest on LBC’s breakfast programme where he discussed some of the main themes of the Queen’s Speech at the start of the new Session of Parliament.
On May 20 the excellent West Lodge School in Sidcup—where Alistair Lexden presented prizes last summer—marked the 75th anniversary of its opening in 1940. (His connection with the school arises from its membership of the Independent Schools Association, of which he is President.)