Speeches

Barbaric Brunei

Widespread outrage has been expressed about the Brunei government’s introduction of Sharia law, under which homosexuals can be stoned to death.

On 11 April, Alistair Lexden emphasised the abhorrence felt across the House of Lords in the last oral question before the Easter recess.

Northern Ireland - yet more talks

On 10 April, the Lords approved regulations which provide another five months for discussions on the restoration of devolved government in Northern Ireland. Two and a quarter years have now passed since the Executive at Stormont collapsed.

Airey Neave's Northern Ireland plan forty years ago

On 12 March, the Lords discussed two important Northern Ireland Bills under highly unsatisfactory fast-track procedures, which Alistair Lexden criticised strongly in his speech during the debate.

High standards in secondary legislation

Secondary or delegated legislation takes the form of statutory instruments which stem from Acts of Parliament—primary legislation—and give effect to detailed legal changes.

Sibling couples - Rebuking the Government

In a Lords debate on 1 February, Alistair Lexden returned briefly to an issue on which he has spoken out strongly in recent months, most notably in speeches on 18 January this year and on 20 July 2018 (see below).

Two years' deadlock in Northern Ireland

In an oral question in the Lords on 24 January, Alistair Lexden returned to an issue which has raised on a number of occasions: the grave damage being done in Northern Ireland by the long political stalemate which passed its second anniversary this month.

Legal rights for sibling couples - the case restated

On 20 July last year (see below), Alistair Lexden secured an unopposed Second Reading in the Lords for his Private Member’s Bill which would enable sibling couples, who have set up home together as part of a lifetime’s platonic association, to enter into civil partnerships, and so obtain the lega