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.
The 5th Marquess of Lansdowne had a long and important career at home and abroad which ended abruptly a century ago in November 1917. A sudden fall from grace led to him being almost totally forgotten.
The standard answer is Mrs Pankhurst and her law-breaking suffragettes. The credit really belongs elsewhere, as Alistair Lexden explained in the main letter published in The Daily Telegraph on December 21.
Prince Harry’s father made a second marriage in middle age to a woman in the lifetime of her previous husband. Centuries have elapsed, however, since the last occasion when a prominent member of the Royal Family married a woman in such circumstances as his first wife.
On November 16, The Times reported that students in Liverpool were campaigning to have Gladstone’s name removed from a university building because he was not a strong opponent of slavery, an assertion given credibility by his father’s ownership of sugar plantations in the West Indies.
As a historian, Alistair Lexden devotes much time to thinking and writing about the past, but he does not neglect the future. He is a Patron of the Institute of Digital Democracy, and contributed a foreword to its report on online voting, published on November 6.
A prominent Liberal politician came to Oscar Wilde’s aid after his conviction and imprisonment in 1895. An article in TLS: The Times Literary Supplement on October 20 made brief mention of the books that were sent to Wilde, whom some thought close to mental collapse, by this helpful MP.
Copyright 2019 Lord Lexden OBE . All rights reserved.