On the fortieth anniversary of Airey Neave's murder

The article below was published on the ConservativeHome website on 30 March. In it, Alistair Lexden reviews a new biography, and writes about his own memories of the man whom he assisted on Northern Ireland issues at a time when terrorists were inflicting so much suffering, not just in Ulster but in other parts of the country too.

The worst Prime Minister

In its editorial on 23 March, The Spectator declared that ‘Lord North is one of the few beneficiaries of the May premiership: he is now no longer the worst prime minister in our history.’ In a letter published in the next issue of the magazine on 30 March, Alistair Lexden showed that North was a

Judging the House of Lords fairly

A strong case can be made for replacing the existing unelected House of Lords by an upper chamber with a membership determined by the votes of the people. But the value of the work done by the Lords today should not be underestimated.

The worst Government defeats in Parliament

The Commons vote of 149 against Mrs May’s EU withdrawal agreement on 12 March was described in many parts of the media as the fourth worst government defeat ever.

The Tories and Europe

How did the Tories, who described themselves proudly as the party of Europe in the 1970s and 1980s, get themselves into a state of civil war over our membership of the European Union?

Airey Neave's Northern Ireland plan forty years ago

On 12 March, the Lords discussed two important Northern Ireland Bills under highly unsatisfactory fast-track procedures, which Alistair Lexden criticised strongly in his speech during the debate.