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Origins of One-Nation Conservatism

Who devised the famous concept? Not the man to whom credit has usually been given but a later Tory leader, as Alistair Lexden explained in a letter published in The Daily Telegraph on July 13.

A hallowed tradition

Earlier this year a Committee of the House of Lords decided - controversially - to end the centuries-old practice of printing Acts of Parliament on vellum. In April the House of Commons voted in favour of retaining vellum, and received an offer of financial help from the government.

112 Eaton Square - a house with political history

A story in the London Evening Standard on June 30 about the sale of an imposing London house once owned by prominent Tory MPs referred to plotting that had taken place in it to make Churchill prime minister in May 1940.

Reflections on Michael Gove

Michael Gove took everyone by surprise on June 30 when he denounced his Brexit partner, Boris Johnson, and entered the Tory leadership contest . Alistair Lexden touched on a few points about his career in a letter to The Daily Telegraph.

Final thoughts about the Somme

Alistair Lexden was asked to contribute a commemorative article to Parliament’s House Magazine. It was published on July 1. He used his final article about the never-to-be-forgotten battle to place it in its wider European context...

What Boris should have done

On June 30 Boris Johnson made his sensational announcement that he would not be a candidate in the forthcoming Tory leadership election. In a letter in The Times on July 1—the leading letter that day—Alistair Lexden regretted that Boris had not undertaken a full political training...

Is the presumption of innocence in danger?

“Innocent until proved guilty”: this is one of the cornerstones of our legal system. In a speech in the Lords on June 30, Alistair Lexden suggested that this great principle might be in danger.

Devolution and Brexit

The journalist and broadcaster, Andrew Marr, writing in The Spectator, suggested that devolved parliaments would have been established over a century ago if the First World War had not broken out. In a letter published in the magazine on 2 July, Alistair Lexden showed that there was no truth in Marr’s claim.

The Tories and the Somme

In a speech in the Lords on March 14 (see below), Alistair Lexden looked ahead to the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. On July 1, the anniversary of the first day of this terrible battle, he reflected on the way that the Conservative Party reacted to it.

Electioneering in military uniform

The Spectator magazine recently questioned the legality of seeking votes for any cause while wearing the Queen’s uniform. Letters followed, pointing out that soldiers who were candidates at the 1945 election campaigned in uniform. Alistair Lexden provided an earlier example in a letter published in the magazine on 25  June.