Tackling illiteracy in prisons

Some 60 per cent of prisoners are functionally illiterate. An inability to read inevitably hinders the rehabilitation of thousands of prisoners, particularly when they leave prison and try to find a job.

The Commons Speaker and contested elections

Highly controversial comments by John Bercow in early February about President Trump and Brexit led many to criticise his failure to uphold the traditions and dignity of his high office.

Schools together

Alistair Lexden is a strong supporter of partnership between state and independent schools.

Prize presentation

On February 7, Alistair Lexden presented the Whitbread prize, which is awarded annually to the student judged to be the most outstanding—on grounds of academic, sporting and community service achievements—in the 400 schools belonging to the Independent Schools Association, of which he is Presiden

Reclaiming lost titles

Two German princes who were also British dukes—as relatives of our Royal  Family—were stripped of their British titles during the First World War. There are some who feel that these titles should be restored to the descendants of the men who fought against us one hundred years ago.

Stanley Baldwin's sesquicentennial

This year marks the 150th anniversary (or sesquicentennial) of the birth of Stanley Baldwin who led the Conservative Party for fourteen years(1923-37), serving three  terms as Prime Minister (1923-24, 1924-29 and 1935-37).

Canterbury Entertainments

The celebrations that followed a great Tory triumph in Canterbury at the 1841 general election led to the creation of an annual cricket festival and to what is now the oldest amateur dramatic society in the world, as Alistair Lexden explained in the attached book review published in Parliament’s 

School children need milk

No one doubts that milk is good for children. By law milk must be available during school hours, but too many children today are not drinking it regularly with serious consequences for their health.

Parliament and Article 50

On 24 January, the Supreme Court ruled that the Government must secure Parliamentary approval before invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to set in motion negotiations on leaving the European Union. The  Government immediately announced the it would put  a short Bill before Parliament.

Slimming down the Lords

Both Houses of Parliament will need new, temporary homes after the election due in 2020 so that extensive restoration work on the Palace of Westminster can proceed. There is wide support for plans to move the two Houses out of the Palace into separate nearby premises.