Recent News

Schools Together

On 15 January Alistair Lexden addressed a conference organised by the Independent Schools Association (of which he is President) for heads who have recently joined this thriving organisation whose membership has been steadily increasing in recent years.

Rum, Sodomy and the Lash

Churchill’s famous description of the Royal Navy’s traditions came into Alistair Lexden’s mind in the House of Lords when Admiral Lord West proclaimed the merits of drinking rum during oral questions to Lord Prior of Brampton, Health Minister in the Upper House.

Conservative History Journal Published

The Conservative History Group, of which Alistair Lexden is Chairman, produces an annual journal. The 2015 edition, running to 70 lavishly illustrated pages, has been published this week.

Home from Home

On November 16 Alistair Lexden visited Scarisbrick Hall School, near Ormskirk in Lancashire, an award-winning member of the Independent Schools Association, of which he is President.

The Conservative Party at Prayer

On November 14 Alistair Lexden gave an address to members of the Conservative Christian Fellowship. His main theme was the strength and duration of the Party’s close connection with the Church of England which gave rise to the well-known description of the C of E as “ the Conservative Party at prayer”.

Lords Applause

On October 28 The Times diary column included a light-hearted piece suggested by Alistair Lexden following the outbreak of clapping in the Lords two days earlier when the first female Bishop was introduced into the House (she is Bishop of Gloucester).

British Citizens Overseas: Votes for Life

On October 8, Alistair Lexden spoke briefly at the annual conference of Conservatives Abroad, the official Party organisation which—under the leadership of its Chairman, Heather Harper, and her small dedicated team—played an immensely important part in the historic Conservative victory in May.

F. E. Smith - A Great Tory Wit

F. E. Smith, Ist Earl of Birkenhead (1872-1930), a brilliant barrister and controversial Tory politician, was famous for his legendary wit, invariably employed at the expense of others. Anecdotes abound.

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.