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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Since the collapse of the Northern Ireland Executive nineteen months ago, the Province has been run by civil servants. They are accountable to no one. The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has no power over matters that have been devolved from Westminster.