Speeches

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.

Justice for Ted Heath - the continuing campaign

Alistair Lexden is one of a number of people in public life who are demanding an independent inquiry into Operation Conifer which ended last year in a highly unsatisfactory state with the Wiltshire police suggesting that a handful of allegations of child sex abuse against Heath might have had som

The Tories and the creation of the NHS

On 5 July, the Lords held a debate to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS. Predictably, a number of Labour peers claimed that Nye Bevan was its sole architect.

A landmark election a century on

On 2 July, Alistair Lexden, Chairman of the Conservative History Group, addressed members of the Liberal Democrat History Group on the 1918 general election and its consequences. This was perhaps appropriate since Tories and Liberals were in coalition a hundred years ago.

Secondary Legislation - rebuking the Government

What is generally known as secondary legislation takes the form of statutory instruments (SIs), often detailed and technical in nature, which give effect to measures authorised in general terms by Acts of Parliament. Some 2,000 SIs are enacted each year.