In a recent interview, one of the new Tory MPs elected last year, Kemi Badenoch, who is already making her mark, revealed that her political hero is Airey Neave, for whom Alistair Lexden worked as political adviser in the two years up until his murder in March 1979.
The 5th Marquess of Lansdowne had a long and important career at home and abroad which ended abruptly a century ago in November 1917. A sudden fall from grace led to him being almost totally forgotten.
The standard answer is Mrs Pankhurst and her law-breaking suffragettes. The credit really belongs elsewhere, as Alistair Lexden explained in the main letter published in The Daily Telegraph on December 21.
All the statistics show that children in care trail behind other pupils in academic and other qualifications for the world of work. Some, but by no means all, thrive in boarding schools, which are to be found in the state as well as in the independent sector.
On 7 December, the Lords debated the natural environment and animal welfare. Alistair Lexden spoke about domestic pets. What, he asked, would they want to see in a Conservative election manifesto if they were able to vote?
Follow the link to read his speech… theyworkforyou