Recent News

Carlton Club History Reprinted

A well-reviewed history of the Carlton Club was published to mark its 175th anniversary in 2007. Alistair Lexden (then Alistair Cooke) is co-author of The Carlton Club 1832-2007.

A Grand Opening Ceremony

The Independent Schools Association (ISA), of which Alistair Lexden is President, has for the first time in its history established a headquarters office adequate to its needs after many years in confined premises in Saffron Walden, Essex. 

An Enjoyable Presidential Duty

In his capacity as President of the Independent Schools Association (ISA)—which works on behalf of the heads of 370 independent schools—Alistair Lexden had the pleasure of formally installing the Association’s Chair for 2015-16, Dr Sarah Welch, at the House of Lords on September 2.

Lyonsdown Prize Day 2015

Alistair Lexden spoke to teachers and parents - and met the youngest person (aged two months) on the application list for a future place - after presenting the prizes at Lyonsdown School in New Barnet on July 10.

Two Fine Schools

On July 8 Alistair Lexden presented prizes at Thorpe Hall School, near Southend, Essex; on July 10 he performed the same pleasant duty at Lyonsdown School in New Barnet on the outskirts of London.

Towards a British Bill of Rights

The Government is due to introduce a new British Bill of Rights to replace Labour’s Human Rights Act 1998. Key issues relating to this important constitutional and legal reform were debated in the Lords on July 2.

Ex-Tory boosts The Daily Telegraph

June 29 marked the 160th anniversary of the first issue of The Telegraph. In a letter published in the paper on July 2, Alistair Lexden explained the part that Gladstone had played in its early succes.

A Firm Stand against the IRA

25 years ago today the IRA bombed the Carlton Club in St James’s Street, London. Alistair Lexden—official historian of the Club as well as of the Conservative Party—marked the anniversary in a short article for circulation to members.

Waterloo Bicentenary

On June 11, Alistair Lexden delivered an address at a dinner held at the Carlton Club—of which he is the official historian— to mark the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo. He spoke first about the battle itself and then went on to deal with its political aftermath, describing both from the standpoint of the Duke of Welllington.