Recent News

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.

Postal voting problems

It is difficult to gauge the true extent of postal voting fraud. The government tends to underestimate it. Alistair Lexden raised the issue in an oral question in the Lords on June 4 against the background of grave concerns voiced recently by the former Chief Crown Prosecutor for North-West England. He also drew attention to complaints by overseas electors who did not receive their postal votes for the general election.

The Tories and Northern Ireland

As a strong supporter of the Union between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Alistair Lexden believes that the Conservative Party must be directly involved in the Province’s political life.

Queen’s Speech

On 28 May Alistair Lexden was a guest on LBC’s breakfast programme where he discussed some of the main themes of the Queen’s Speech at the start of the new Session of Parliament.

Celebrating 75 glorious years of West Lodge School in Sidcup

On May 20 the excellent West Lodge School in Sidcup—where Alistair Lexden presented prizes last summer—marked the 75th anniversary of its opening in 1940. (His connection with the school arises from its membership of the Independent Schools Association, of which he is President.)

Growth of the Privy Council

It is a little known fact that the Privy Council, the Queen’s formal body of advsiers, has increased massively in size during recent years. Research by Alistair Lexden, published in The Times on May 15, shows that since the 2010 election 110 new members have been appointed, taking the total to 664.