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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.

Alistair Lexden recalls the antics of Winston Churchill’s budgie

After his return to Downing Street in 1951, Churchill had a pet budgie, called Toby, who was thoroughly spoilt by his master. Alistair Lexden provided a little light holiday entertainment for readers of The Daily Telegraph by devoting his twelfth and final letter of 2014 in that paper, published on December 20, to the havoc which Toby created in Churchill’s bedroom.

Lord Lexden challenges the Commonwealth on human rights

On December 11 the Lords held a debate on AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Having spoken a few days earlier on tuberculosis, Alistair Lexden concentrated on HIV/ AIDS. Two-thirds of all adults and three-quarters of all children with HIV in the world today are not receiving the treatment they need.