The true heroine of the women's suffrage campaign

The centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which extended the right to vote in parliamentary elections to a limited number of women, has given Alistair Lexden several opportunities to draw attention to the most important person in the long campaign for women’s suffrage, Dame Mill

Votes at 16?

In an article in The Times on February 7, Daniel Finkelstein urged the Conservative Party to support the reduction of the voting age to sixteen, a change with far-reaching implications backed by Labour and the Liberal Democrats.

Advice for the Archbishop on the Bell case

The Archbishop of Canterbury has incurred much criticism for his failure to accept recommendations in the report of Lord Carlile of Berriew QC on the case of Bishop Bell, which he himself commissioned.

Slashing suffragette

At the end of January,the National Portrait Gallery announced that, for the first time in twenty years, a portrait of Thomas Carlyle slashed by cleaver-wielding suffragette in 1914 was to be put on display.

Ulster-Scotland link

On January 24, The Times reported that the Democratic Unionist Party wanted “ a 25-mile bridge or tunnel” (costing some £20 billion) between Northern Ireland and Scotland—in addition to the £1 billion in extra public spending agreed last year under its deal with the government.

That statue again

After telling the readers of The Times what he thought about the statue of Margaret Thatcher designed for Parliament Square (see below), Alistair Lexden criticised it strongly again in the London Evening Standard on 26 January.

An insult to Margaret Thatcher

For some months, a plan to erect a statue of Margaret Thatcher in Parliament Square has been under discussion.

Prince Charles at Gordonstoun

A recent episode of the popular Netflix series on the royal family featured Prince Charles’s schooldays at Gordonstoun. Was he badly treated? Alistair Lexden quoted words written by the Prince in a letter published in The Daily Telegraph on January 8.

Airey Neave remembered

In a recent interview, one of the new Tory MPs elected last year, Kemi Badenoch, who is already making her mark, revealed that her political hero is Airey Neave, for whom Alistair Lexden worked as political adviser in the two years up until his murder in March 1979.

Dick the Bad: History's Most Famous Murder Suspect

An excellent, well-written new life of King Richard III by a Conservative MP was published recently. A review of it by Alistair Lexden follows.

Richard III: Brother, Protector, King
By Chris Skidmore
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £20