Having spoken on a number of occasions about the issue—vital for the future of our democracy— Lord Lexden returned to it once more during the report stage of the Government’s Wales Bill in the Lords on November 11.
In debates in the Lords, Alistair Lexden has consistently pressed for libel law reform in Northern Ireland to bring the Province back into line with England and Wales whose law it shared until 2013. The whole process of reform is now under severe threat. The reasons were set out in the attached letter, published in The Times on November 11, which was also signed by two leading QCs.
Should builders providing homes for disabled people have to meet stringent, uniform requirements in all circumstances? The issue came before the Lords on October 30 during the committee stage of the government’s Deregulation Bill.
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.