An unloved Tory

Lord Liverpool (1770-1828) was prime minister for longer than all but two of his predecessors, and longer than all his successors. He had to wait a long time for a full biography by a modern historian. It was finally published earlier this year. Alistair Lexden’s review of it follows.

Peterloo myth

Left-wing actors and film-makers love to distort history. A new film about the tragic incident that came to be known as Peterloo is attracting a great deal of attention even before its release.

Justice for Bishop Bell - the Church's shameful silence

Alistair Lexden is one of a number of lawyers, clerics, academics and others in the George Bell Group, formed to get the investigation of the allegations—grave in character, but just two in number—that have laid against the great Bishop George Bell (1883-1958) opened up to full and fair public sc

The emancipation of Catholics in the UK

After the Reformation in the 1530s, Roman Catholics were subject to harsh laws, which carried heavy penalties.

In the late eighteenth century, anti-Catholic laws began to be relaxed; in 1829 Catholics acquired the rights of full citizens.

Justice for Ted Heath - the continuing campaign

Alistair Lexden is one of a number of people in public life who are demanding an independent inquiry into Operation Conifer which ended last year in a highly unsatisfactory state with the Wiltshire police suggesting that a handful of allegations of child sex abuse against Heath might have had som

The Tories and the creation of the NHS

On 5 July, the Lords held a debate to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS. Predictably, a number of Labour peers claimed that Nye Bevan was its sole architect.

Was Churchill sexually abused at school?

Michael Dobbs, best-selling novelist and Conservative peer, told an audience at a literary festival that it may well have happened in a speech reported in The Daily Telegraph on 2 July. Alistair Lexden, historian of the Conservative Party, is wholly unconvinced, as he explained in the main letter