In February, Alistair Lexden, President of the Independent Schools Association (ISA), held a reception at the House of Lords to celebrate the continuing steady growth of the Association, which works of behalf of smaller, community-based independent schools throughout the country.
The main front-page article in the Financial Times on November 6 was devoted to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s fury over the Treasury’s refusal to cost Labour’s programme, which would have compromised its political impartiality.
The convention that the major parties do not put up candidates against a Commons Speaker seeking re-election is widely believed to be of long-standing; in fact, it is quite recent, as Alistair Lexden has pointed out several times in the media.
On 5 November, the last day before Parliament was dissolved, Alistair Lexden returned to an issue which has preoccupied him a great deal in the last two years and which he will be taking up again in the new Parliament: the complete absence of legal protection for sibling couples who share their l
George IV has had few admirers. He is remembered for running up colossal debts, becoming grossly fat, feuding constantly with his father, George III, and persecuting his wife, Caroline, who was banned from his coronation in 1821.
Billions of pounds were approved for public expenditure in Northern Ireland after no more a short debate in the Lords on 31 October. This illustrated vividly the totally unsatisfactory way in which the Province’s affairs are now being handled.