On April 23, Lord Lexden paid an enjoyable and memorable visit to Al-Furqan Community College in Birmingham at the invitation of its Principal, Mr Amjad Ahmed. Originally established on a very small scale in 1989, the College now provides an excellent education for some 140 children from the age of eleven upwards in the heart of Birmingham. Boys and girls are taught separately in adjacent buildings.
The following letter was published in The Times on April 17
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.