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Whig and Tory Lotharios - Charles James Fox and Boris Johnson

On March 23, The Daily Telegraph reported that lipstick marks were being left on a statue of the famous 18th century Whig leader, Charles James Fox, at the National Portrait Gallery. The staff at the Gallery are trying to stop the kissing.

Finding a new Prime Minister in an emergency

In an article in The Times on April 1, Daniel Finkelstein wrote that the current crisis “has exposed a flaw in our constitutional arrangements.” There is no provision to fill a vacancy at No 10 at very short notice.

The first Conservative college

Research prompted by a mysterious photograph sent to Alistair Lexden led him to the first College set up by the Conservative Party in the 1920s to provide its members with education courses, as the following article explains.

Exonerate Heath

The above words formed the headline over a letter by Alistair Lexden in The Spectator on 14 March. His long-running campaign to secure justice for the former Prime Minister continues in Parliament and outside it.

A lion's docile cubs

In a poll of history readers, the Maharajah Ranjit Singh (1780-1839) was voted the greatest leader ever, defeating Churchill, Elizabeth 1 and others.

Wrangling over the Elgin Marbles

How can the endless wrangling between Greece and Britain be brought to an end? Careful and sensitive discussion will be essential.

Pure thoughts on the Woolsack

A cheeky piece in the diary column of The Times  on 18 February suggested, not wholly plausibly, that the Commons has ‘its own version of the Mile-High Club’ which  makes use of the Speaker’s chair, but in the Lords the Woolsack was too uncomfortable for such a purpose, being stuffed with horseha

Prime Ministers and Chancellors

In a contribution to BBC Radio Four’s regular programme ‘Today in Parliament’, broadcast on 14 February, Alistair Lexden reflected on the relationship between the two people on whom the success of any government almost invariably depends.

Top student's prize presented by Alistair Lexden

On February 5, Alistair Lexden, President of the Independent Schools Association (ISA), welcomed Megan Wray and two of her teachers from Kingsley School, near Bideford in Devon to the Lords.