Speeches

Alistair Lexden and colleagues try to improve the Recall of MPs Bill

The Recall of MPs Bill, which came to the Lords in December, has been widely criticised by peers on both sides of the House. It prescribes the circumstances in which ‘serious wrongdoing’ by an MP would enable his or her electors to seek a by-election. 

‘Follow where Northern Ireland has led’, says Lord Lexden

The registration of young people as electors in Northern Ireland has been boosted significantly by school visits. Speaking in the Lords on February 4, Alistair Lexden asked: ‘ In view of the success of the work done in schools in Northern Ireland by its chief electoral officer, will the Government encourage his counterparts throughout the country to publicise the details of the work they are doing in schools and the results that flow from that?’

Alistair Lexden gets the government to reaffirm its Northern Ireland policy

In its programme for government, published in 2010,the coalition promised ‘ to work to bring Northern Ireland into the mainstream of UK politics’. During question time in the Lords on January 29, Alistair Lexden was assured that the government continued to stand by that pledge today.

Alistair Lexden recalls Churchill’s sense of compassion

At oral question time in the Lords on January 28 he pointed out that exactly 50 years had now passed since Winston Churchill’s death and state funeral. He quoted some simple, eloquent words that Churchill had used in 1951: ‘The care and comfort of the elderly is a sacred task’. Alistair Lexden said: ‘Must we not do all that we can in our time to meet that great man’s standard?’

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.

Lord Lexden urges the government to maintain its spending on health research and development

AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis are the three great killer diseases in the world today. Government spending is vital in the search for new drugs that will combat these scourges of mankind effectively. That was the principal theme of the speech which Alistair Lexden contributed to a short debate on global health held in the Lords’ Grand Committee Room on December 8.