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Justice for Bishop Bell

Alistair Lexden is a member of the George Bell Group, which was formed after the Church of England decided in 2015 to pay compensation to an unnamed woman who claimed to have been sexually abused by Bishop George Bell, a towering figure in the history of the Christian Church, when she was a young

An insult to Margaret Thatcher

For some months, a plan to erect a statue of Margaret Thatcher in Parliament Square has been under discussion.

Prince Charles at Gordonstoun

A recent episode of the popular Netflix series on the royal family featured Prince Charles’s schooldays at Gordonstoun. Was he badly treated? Alistair Lexden quoted words written by the Prince in a letter published in The Daily Telegraph on January 8.

Prince Charles, the busiest royal

On December 29, an article in The Times carried the headline ‘Princess Anne crowned busiest royal’. This was seriously misleading, as Alistair Lexden made clear to the newspaper. It was, he said, the head of her brother that ought to have been adorned.

Airey Neave remembered

In a recent interview, one of the new Tory MPs elected last year, Kemi Badenoch, who is already making her mark, revealed that her political hero is Airey Neave, for whom Alistair Lexden worked as political adviser in the two years up until his murder in March 1979.

Dick the Bad: History's Most Famous Murder Suspect

An excellent, well-written new life of King Richard III by a Conservative MP was published recently. A review of it by Alistair Lexden follows.

Richard III: Brother, Protector, King
By Chris Skidmore
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £20

Book review: Back from historical oblivion

The 5th Marquess of Lansdowne had a long and important career at home and abroad which ended abruptly a century ago in November 1917. A sudden fall from grace led to him being almost totally forgotten.

Questions in the House

Every day proceedings in the Lords begin with four oral questions. They are submitted in advance by members and answered by government ministers or spokespersons. They cover a wide range of subjects.

Who got women the vote?

The standard answer is Mrs Pankhurst and her law-breaking suffragettes. The credit really belongs elsewhere, as Alistair Lexden explained in the main letter published in The Daily Telegraph on December 21.

Boarding schools - a lifeline for children without family homes

All the statistics show that children in care trail behind other pupils in academic and other qualifications for the world of work. Some, but by no means all, thrive in boarding schools, which are to be found in the state as well as in the independent sector.