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Alistair Lexden pays tribute to Churchill on the 50th anniversary of his state funeral

'It was probably the greatest state funeral ever held, a magnificent imperial occasion in the twilight of Empire. No monarch has had a state funeral on the same vast scale’, Alistair Lexden said at a commemorative lunch in the Carlton Club on January 30, the fiftieth anniversary of the day on which Churchill was laid to rest in Bladon churchyard in the Oxfordshire countryside following hours of grand ceremonial in London.

Alistair Lexden addresses conference of new school heads

On January 16 he went to the Hanbury Manor Hotel outside Ware in Hertfordshire to speak to a large group of new heads at a conference organised by the Independent Schools Association (ISA), of which he is President.

Macmillan's Bite

Reginald Bevins, the Liverpool working-class Tory who had responsibility for licensing the BBC, did indeed propose to take action against the programme (letter, Jan.13). He immediately received a sharp note from Harold Macmillan, “Oh, no, you won’t”.

Alistair Lexden champions the rights of Select Committees

Select Committees, which have an all-party membership, produce detailed reports on a wide range of subjects. They do not always get the full and reasonably prompt attention from the government that they deserve.

Alistair Lexden has 200th letter published in The Times

This milestone in his career as a contributor to the newspaper's famous letters page was passed on January 5 with the publication of a letter about an extraordinary Victorian missionary, Dr Joseph Wolff. The full text of the letter, which appeared in slightly abbreviated form, is attached.

Alistair Lexden hails a remarkable contribution to women’s history

Six well-known women writers who studied at Newnham College, Cambridge have combined to produce an outstanding collection of miniature biographies of six remarkable pioneering women who studied at the college in its early years. In the attached review, Alistair Lexden explains why he enjoyed the book so much.

Alistair Lexden raises some key issues about the role of ministerial special advisers

The news on December 19 that the Home Secretary’s two special advisers had been removed from the Conservative Party’s official candidates’ list stirred a great deal of comment in the media. In a letter to The Times, Alistair Lexden enlarged the discussion by pointing out the need to evaluate the work that special advisers do.