On March 20, Lord Lexden went to Woodbridge High School in Woodford, Essex ( Winston Churchill’s constituency from 1924 to 1964) under the auspices , once again, of the Lord Speaker’s “ Peers in Schools” Outreach Programme.
Alistair Lexden has presented awards to 36 outstanding students. The recipients—some British, some from overseas-- were warmly applauded at a ceremony held at the Lords on March 18.
On March 12 the Lords debated the Dresden bombing with particular reference to the 70th anniversary commemorations held in the city in February.
The Newnham in the title is, of course, the thriving women’s college in Cambridge which developed out of a boarding house that opened in 1871 with just a handful of ardent female students.
On March 5, Lord Lexden visited Christ the King Sixth Form College in Lewisham under the aegis of the Lord Speaker’s ‘ Peers in Schools’ Outreach Programme, of which he is strong supporter.
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.
On March 3, Lord Lexden appeared on BBC 5 live’s breakfast programme. He helped to set the scene for the coming election by discussing the Conservative Party’s fortunes and some of its key policies over the last hundred years.
The debate, which took place in the Lords Grand Committee Room on March 4, highlighted the diversity and variety of schools within the independent education sector.
On February 26 the Lords debated legislation which will give the Scottish Parliament the right to reduce the voting age for Scottish Parliamentary and local government elections to 16.
On February 23 Lord Lexden carried out a very pleasant duty in his capacity as President of the Independent Schools Association. Each year the ISA awards its prestigious Whitbread Memorial Prize to the highest-achieving pupil at GCSE in its 360 member schools.