Wellington's test

Writing in The Spectator on 12 May, Charles Moore regretted that the present (ninth) Duke of Wellington had not followed the example of his famous predecessor, who urged peers not to tamper with important legislation passed by the Commons even if they disagreed with it strongly.

Asquith's 400 new peers - a precedent for Brexit?

The House of Lords has been strongly criticised in certain quarters for amending the EU Withdrawal Bill in a number of significant respects. Some people are suggesting that the aim is to derail Brexit.

Would Britain's pets vote Conservative?

In a debate on animal welfare last December, Alistair Lexden spoke in light-hearted vein about what the political parties would have to do in order to attract the support of our pets if they had the vote.

Enoch Powell and conservatism

The recent 50th anniversary of Enoch Powell’s ‘rivers of blood’ speech brought out his critics in force.

Poor quality special advisors

Nearly 90 temporary civil servants, known as Special Advisers, work directly for government ministers, assisting them with the party political aspects of their work.

The Fawcetts - a unique tribute

On 24 April, Dame Millicent Fawcett, leader of the highly successful, law-abiding women’s suffragist campaign, became the first woman to be commemorated by a statue in Parliament Square.

60th anniversary of life peerages

On 30 April 1958, Harold Macmillan’s Bill to create peers for life became law. Alistair Lexden marked the 60th anniversary of this major constitutional reform by publishing an account of the Bill, and what was said about it at the time, in Parliament’s House Magazine.


Council for Independent Education Awards

At the House of Lords on 18 April, Alistair Lexden, President of the Council for Independent Education(CIFE), and its Chairman, Sally Powell—shown together here —presented awards to 41 British and international students from the Council’s member colleges who achieved outstanding A-level and GCSE

Justice denied to Ted Heath

Grave damage has been done, quite disgracefully, to the reputation of Ted Heath by Operation Conifer, the name given to the investigation by Wiltshire police of allegations of child sex abuse against the former Tory Prime Minister.

Neville Chamberlain - the unappreciated merits

This article stems from a lecture which I gave at the Carlton Club in March. I have for long been deeply interested in the career of Neville Chamberlain, the man who founded the Conservative Research Department where I spent much of my career.