Speeches

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

Two great injustices

Throughout the year, Alistair Lexden has expressed outrage about the damage done to the reputations of a former Prime Minister and a world-famous Anglican Bishop—Edward Heath and George Bell—by unsubstantiated allegations of child sex abuse made  after their deaths.

Justice for Ted Heath - support in the Lords grows

Over recent months Alistair Lexden has been making the case for an independent review of the investigation conducted by the Wiltshire police, known as Operation Conifer, into allegations of child sex abuse by Sir Edward Heath.

Ted Heath - demand for inquiry renewed

Alistair Lexden asked a further oral question in the Lords on 12 November as part of his continuing campaign to try and secure justice for Ted Heath,  whose reputation has been damaged by the notorious Operation Conifer. Once again he received overwhelming support in the House.

Armistice Day 1918

On 5 November, the Lords held a debate to mark the approaching centenary of Armistice Day.

In his speech, Alistair Lexden reflected on some of  the events of 11 November 1918.

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Civil Servants continue to rule Northern Ireland

For the best part of two years, public services in Northern Ireland have been under the control of civil servants. No elected politicians have been available to direct their work since the collapse of the Northern Ireland Executive in January 2017.

School Partnerships in music

On 18 October, the Lords held an important debate on the state of music education in schools. Speaker after speaker expressed grave concern about the decline of the teaching and performance of music in our state schools. In most independent schools music continues to flourish.

Ted Heath - let down by a Tory Government

A year has now passed since the Wiltshire police brought to an end their much-criticised investigation of child sex abuse allegations against Sir Edward Heath, known as Operation Conifer. Seven unsubstantiated allegations were left unresolved.