Costing Labour's Manifesto

The main front-page article in the Financial Times on November 6 was devoted to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s fury over the Treasury’s refusal to cost Labour’s programme, which would have compromised its political impartiality.

Bercow, Buckingham and the Lords

The convention that the major parties do not put up candidates against a Commons Speaker seeking re-election is widely believed to be of long-standing; in fact, it is quite recent, as Alistair Lexden has pointed out several times in the media.

Rights for sibling couples - restating the case

On 5 November, the last day before Parliament was dissolved, Alistair Lexden returned to an issue which has preoccupied him a great deal in the last two years and which he will be taking up again in the new Parliament: the complete absence of legal protection for sibling couples who share their l

Was George IV a bad king?

George IV has had few admirers. He is remembered for running up colossal debts, becoming grossly fat, feuding constantly with his father, George III, and persecuting his wife, Caroline, who was banned from his coronation in 1821.

Unfulfilled hopes after the First World War

It was not, as everyone hoped a century ago, ‘the war to end all wars.’ The League of Nations has frequently been blamed for failing to fulfill the world’s hope of unbroken peace.

Northern Ireland Budget

Billions of pounds were approved for public expenditure in Northern Ireland after no more a short debate in the Lords on 31 October.  This illustrated vividly the totally unsatisfactory way in which the Province’s affairs are now being handled.

December elections

Alistair Lexden recalled three previous December contests in a letter published in The Times on October 31, the day that the Bill providing for an election on December 12 became law.

The Prime Minister and the union with Northern Ireland

In an oral question in the Lords on 28 October—his last before the general election--Alistair Lexden returned to an issue about  which he has always felt particularly strongly: Northern Ireland.

Super Saturdays

The momentous Commons debate on Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal on October 19 was dubbed ‘ Super Saturday’ by  MPs and commentators. What were the precedents for it? Alistair Lexden explained in a letter published in The Times on Super Saturday itself, October 19.