In a debate on animal welfare last December, Alistair Lexden spoke in light-hearted vein about what the political parties would have to do in order to attract the support of our pets if they had the vote.
Grave damage has been done, quite disgracefully, to the reputation of Ted Heath by Operation Conifer, the name given to the investigation by Wiltshire police of allegations of child sex abuse against the former Tory Prime Minister.
On 27 March, the Lords debated and passed three Northern Ireland Bills which would have been dealt with by the devolved Northern Ireland Assembly if it had been sitting. Fifteen months have now passed since it last met and transacted business.
Controversy has arisen over the impact of the new streamlined welfare payment, universal credit, on the provision of free school meals. Critics say that the number of children in poor families getting a good free meal at school will drop sharply.
Between December 1916 and October 1922 the Conservative Party (known at this period as the Unionist Party) was the largest partner in a coalition government led by Lloyd George. The government fell on 19 October 1922 after a famous meeting of Unionist MPs at the Carlton Club.