Finding a new Prime Minister in an emergency

In an article in The Times on April 1, Daniel Finkelstein wrote that the current crisis “has exposed a flaw in our constitutional arrangements.” There is no provision to fill a vacancy at No 10 at very short notice.

The first Conservative college

Research prompted by a mysterious photograph sent to Alistair Lexden led him to the first College set up by the Conservative Party in the 1920s to provide its members with education courses, as the following article explains.

Harold Macmillan's resignation

It is widely—and wrongly—believed that the Profumo scandal in the spring of 1963 brought down the Macmillan government. The error appeared again in The Times on 26 March.

Solving a Thatcher mystery

At an antiques fair in November 2015, Daniel Hadden, a well-established art dealer, bought an unfinished and unsigned picture of Margaret Thatcher addressing the House of Commons from the government despatch box.  He asked Alistair Lexden, in his capacity as Conservative Party historian, to help

A flattering likeness of Disraeli

For some years, the oil painting of Disraeli— a flattering likeness, it must be said— pictured here was the pride of Alistair Lexden’s large collection of political memorabilia. A photograph was used by an anonymous artist after the great man’s death.

Two Police Commissioners asleep on their watch

The Metropolitan Police have received massive criticism for their errors and misconduct during Operation Midland, the name given to the investigation of historical child sex allegations made against public figures, including Lord Bramall and Leon Brittan, between 2014 and 2016.

A new link between Westminster and Stormont

On 15 January, the government announced the establishment of a new joint board on which the Northern Ireland Secretary will serve along with the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister in the Northern Ireland Executive.

Exonerate Heath

The above words formed the headline over a letter by Alistair Lexden in The Spectator on 14 March. His long-running campaign to secure justice for the former Prime Minister continues in Parliament and outside it.

A lion's docile cubs

In a poll of history readers, the Maharajah Ranjit Singh (1780-1839) was voted the greatest leader ever, defeating Churchill, Elizabeth 1 and others.

Children with Dyslexia

On 4 March, the Lords held a short debate which highlighted the need to improve and extend the support provided in schools for children with dyslexia.