A Remarkable Tory Love Story

There has long been great interest in the relationship between Disraeli and his colourful wife, Mary Anne. Neither of them conformed to the popular image of a typical Victorian. A new book explores their marriage in detail, drawing on their private papers. Alistair Lexden, the Conservative Party’s historian, discusses this important study in the attached review.

Reluctant MP in Sam Cam’s family

David Cameron’s wife, Samantha, has a number of MPs (all Tory) among her forbears. One of them was the subject of a piece in The Times on April 25 which featured one of the refreshment tickets distributed to his supporters who exchanged them for free food and drink. Alistair Lexden filled in the details in the following letter published on April 28.

The monarch and a hung parliament 92 years ago

The state of the opinion polls before the general election has prompted much speculation about what might happen if no government can be formed after it supported by a majority of MPs. In a letter published in The Daily Telegraph on April 27, Alistair Lexden recalled what occurred in such circumstances at the end of 1923.

Asquith and the Irish

Jason Cowley errs in stating that John Redmond’s Irish Parliamentary Party “formed a coalition with Herbert Asquith’s Liberals in 1910”( Politics interview, 27 March). Asquith depended on the IPP’s 70 or so MPs’ votes, but he secured them readily when  he removed the Lords veto on legislation in 1910-11, which ensured that Ireland finally got Home Rule in 1914. A peace-time coalition was unnecessary.

'Lost' election issue

Your list of key election issues (Apr.7) omits the constitution, despite Rachel Sylvester’s timely warning that “a dangerous game is being played with the future of the United Kingdom”.

Alistair Lexden reveals the dark secret of a famous London square

An article on London’s exclusive Eaton Square, published in The Daily Telegraph on April 2, listed a number of famous people who have lived in it, including Stanley Baldwin and Sean Connery. One well-known name, however, was omitted, as the attached letter published on April 7, pointed out.

Alistair Lexden recalls the career of Tony Garner, an unsung Tory hero

Tony Garner, who died on March 22, played a central role in the Conservative Party’s organisation over five decades. In an article published by ConsdervativeHome on April 3 (attached), Alistair Lexden explained why his career had been so significant, and lamented the subsequent disappearance of much of the structure through which he had served the Party so well.