A landmark election a century on

On 2 July, Alistair Lexden, Chairman of the Conservative History Group, addressed members of the Liberal Democrat History Group on the 1918 general election and its consequences. This was perhaps appropriate since Tories and Liberals were in coalition a hundred years ago.

International students at sixth form colleges

Alistair Lexden is President of the Council for Independent Education (CIFE) whose member colleges are specialists in preparing international students for entry to British universities.

In the attached article, he reflects on the reasons why the CIFE colleges are so successful.

Secondary Legislation - rebuking the Government

What is generally known as secondary legislation takes the form of statutory instruments (SIs), often detailed and technical in nature, which give effect to measures authorised in general terms by Acts of Parliament. Some 2,000 SIs are enacted each year.

Tattooing the Royals

The Duke of Cambridge is visiting the Middle East this week. An article in The Times on June 23 urged him to “get a tattoo of the Jerusalem cross on his arm, as did previous princes on visits to the Holy Land”.

Empire and Commonwealth troops in the First World War - a further tribute

Alistair Lexden’s recent Lords debate on the contribution made by Empire and Commonwealth troops during the First World War( see below) led to him being commissioned by Parliament’s House Magazine to write an article for it so that his account of their indispensable role could be given a wider ci

Alistair Lexden delivers lecture on Ted Heath

The current Lord Speaker of the House of Lords, Lord Fowler, has instituted a series of lectures, to which members of the House and others outside it are invited to contribute from time to time.

Bridge or Tunnel?

Calls are being made for the building of a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland. Prominent supporters include the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) on whom Mrs May depends to win votes in Parliament. On 12 June Boris Johnson said the idea should be seriously explored.

The First Duke of Sussex

Prince Harry is now the Second Duke of Sussex. What was the first one like? Alistair Lexden revealed some of his quirks of character in a letter published in The Daily Telegraph on 23 May.