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The emancipation of Catholics in the UK

After the Reformation in the 1530s, Roman Catholics were subject to harsh laws, which carried heavy penalties.

In the late eighteenth century, anti-Catholic laws began to be relaxed; in 1829 Catholics acquired the rights of full citizens.

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.

Was Churchill sexually abused at school?

Michael Dobbs, best-selling novelist and Conservative peer, told an audience at a literary festival that it may well have happened in a speech reported in The Daily Telegraph on 2 July. Alistair Lexden, historian of the Conservative Party, is wholly unconvinced, as he explained in the main letter

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.

International students at sixth form colleges

Alistair Lexden is President of the Council for Independent Education (CIFE) whose member colleges are specialists in preparing international students for entry to British universities.

In the attached article, he reflects on the reasons why the CIFE colleges are so successful.

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.