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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.

Wrangling over the Elgin Marbles

How can the endless wrangling between Greece and Britain be brought to an end? Careful and sensitive discussion will be essential.

Pure thoughts on the Woolsack

A cheeky piece in the diary column of The Times  on 18 February suggested, not wholly plausibly, that the Commons has ‘its own version of the Mile-High Club’ which  makes use of the Speaker’s chair, but in the Lords the Woolsack was too uncomfortable for such a purpose, being stuffed with horseha

Prime Ministers and Chancellors

In a contribution to BBC Radio Four’s regular programme ‘Today in Parliament’, broadcast on 14 February, Alistair Lexden reflected on the relationship between the two people on whom the success of any government almost invariably depends.