Recent News

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.

Felipe - or Philip? - of Spain

On 12 July, the King of Spain, Felipe VI, began a three-day State visit. There was comment in The Times about his family connections with our royals.

A Bill to help brothers and sisters who make a home together

On 3 July, Alistair Lexden introduced a short Private Member’s Bill in the Lords where it was given its formal First Reading. The Bill would extend the Civil Partnership Act 2004 to include siblings aged over thirty who have lived together for a continuous period of twelve years.

A remarkable college in Canterbury

On 15 June, Alistair Lexden was guest of honour at the annual awards ceremony of a remarkable college belonging to the Independent Schools Association, of which he is President. CATS College in Canterbury prepares students from Britain and around the world for higher education;

Sutherland's portrait of Churchill

In June 2016 (see previous article), Alistair Lexden published an article about Graham Sutherland’s acclaimed, but deeply controversial portrait of Winston Churchill. Presented to him on his eightieth birthday, 30 November 1954, the picture was later destroyed on his wife’s instructions.

Celebrating academic excellence

At an awards ceremony held at the House of Lords on 5 April, Alistair Lexden presented awards for academic excellence to 38 students who achieved remarkable A-level and GCSE results last summerwith some of the highest marks in the country. The recipients - some British, some from overseas - were

In school again

On 3 March Alistair Lexden made a further contribution to the Lords’ outreach programme to schools which is organised in the most efficient fashion by the Lord Speaker’s office.

Prize presentation

On February 7, Alistair Lexden presented the Whitbread prize, which is awarded annually to the student judged to be the most outstanding—on grounds of academic, sporting and community service achievements—in the 400 schools belonging to the Independent Schools Association, of which he is Presiden