Recent News

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

Bringing state and independent schools together

Contrary to widespread belief, independent schools have never disdained contact with their counterparts in the state sector. There has never been a “Berlin Wall” between them, as some politicians have alleged.

Justice for Bishop Bell

Alistair Lexden is a member of the George Bell Group, which was formed after the Church of England decided in 2015 to pay compensation to an unnamed woman who claimed to have been sexually abused by Bishop George Bell, a towering figure in the history of the Christian Church, when she was a young

Prince Charles, the busiest royal

On December 29, an article in The Times carried the headline ‘Princess Anne crowned busiest royal’. This was seriously misleading, as Alistair Lexden made clear to the newspaper. It was, he said, the head of her brother that ought to have been adorned.

Questions in the House

Every day proceedings in the Lords begin with four oral questions. They are submitted in advance by members and answered by government ministers or spokespersons. They cover a wide range of subjects.

Bishop Bell: a reputation restored

George Bell (1883-1958), Bishop of Chichester from 1929 until shortly before his death, was one of the greatest figures that the Church of England has ever produced.

A new boy on the Woolsack

Alistair Lexden’s appointment as a Deputy Speaker was announced recently. On 23 November, he presided for the first time over a debate in the Lords chamber, sitting on the famous Woolsack.

Prime Ministerial congratulations

Many congratulations on the publication of your 250th letter to The Times—extending your record of the largest number of contributions to their letters page in its long and distinguished history.

A new Lords Deputy Chairman

On 6 November, Alistair Lexden was formally appointed as a Deputy Chairman of Committees in the Lords, becoming one of a group of some 20 drawn from all parties and the crossbenches. Deputy Chairmen assist the Lord Speaker in performing his duties.