The Whitbread Memorial Prize is one of the two leading awards made annually by the Independent Schools Association, of which Alistair Lexden is President.
At the start of the 20th century there were some 200 London Clubs, mainly in the area between Pall Mall and Piccadilly. Around 20 were explicitly political in character, supporting either the Conservative or Liberal Party.
On 15 January Alistair Lexden addressed a conference organised by the Independent Schools Association (of which he is President) for heads who have recently joined this thriving organisation whose membership has been steadily increasing in recent years.
Churchill’s famous description of the Royal Navy’s traditions came into Alistair Lexden’s mind in the House of Lords when Admiral Lord West proclaimed the merits of drinking rum during oral questions to Lord Prior of Brampton, Health Minister in the Upper House.
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.