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Lord Lexden renews his attack on pro-terrorist scheme in Northern Ireland

It emerged in February that since 2000 nearly 200 republican terrorist suspects had been told that they were not being sought by the police. Alistair Lexden condemned this iniquitous arrangement at the time (see earlier parliamentary reports above). On July 17 the results of an inquiry by Lady Justice Hallett were published.

Lord Lexden exposes a scoundrel at the British Museum

It is wholly inappropriate for the Elgin Marbles to be housed in the British Museum's Duveen Galleries(" Elgin Marbles to move--but not to Greece",July 3). They are named after Joe Duveen (1869-1939) who made a fortune by buying old masters for a song from impoverished aristocrats and selling them at an immense profit to American millionaires.

Lord Lexden pays tribute to a much loved Tory baroness

Doreen Miller rose swiftly to prominence in the Conservative party in London during the Thatcher era after a successful career in the cosmetics business.  Finchley, which Margaret Thatcher represented, was one of the many constituencies in which she established a formidable reputation as a dedicated and tenacious activist.

Edith Cavell

The execution of Edith Cavell made a profound impression on the then Prime Minister, Herbert Asquith(“ Wartime heroine Edith Cavell is honoured with £5 coin”, July 5). “She has taught the bravest man amongst us a supreme lesson of courage”, he said in 1915,” and in this United Kingdom and throughout the Dominions of the Crown there are thousands of such women, but a year ago we did not know it”. 

Lord Lexden presents prizes at impressive small prep school in Sidcup

West Lodge School in Sidcup, a small co-ed for 3 to 11 year-olds, was described as ‘excellent ’ by the Independent Schools Inspectorate in a report last year. Alistair Lexden went to see for himself on 4 July. He found a school in which young girls and boys were working and playing hard very successfully and with obvious enjoyment in an immensely convivial environment.

Joe Chamberlain, a man who changed the course of British politics – again and again

Joe Chamberlain, in Churchill’s famous phrase, “made the weather”. By denouncing Gladstone’s Irish Home Rule Bill in 1886 and splitting the Liberal party, he changed the course of British politics. By advocating greater imperial unity through the introduction of a tariff barrier against the rest of the world in 1903, he split his later allies in the Unionist party (as the Tories were then known) and changed the course of British politics again.

Lord Lexden presents prizes at a very special school

On 28 June Lord Lexden was the guest of honour at parents’ open day at Maple Hayes Hall School, outside Lichfield (to which he was driven from the railway station in a splendid 1936 Riley). Maple Hayes is one of the very few independent special schools for children with specific learning difficulties approved by the Department for Education.