Disraeli defined conservatism as ‘love of country and an instinct for power’, and her successors should strive for her winning fusion of the two.
Posts by Lord Lexden
Lord Lexden is the Conservative Party’s official historian. His website can be found here.
He was murdered by terrorists 40 years ago today. Now there is a new, exemplary biography of him.
How a proud, unbending leader misread his party, brought down a government, and set back the idea of sharing power for a generation.
The Conservative Party’s official historian was speaking at the unveiling of a new statue to the former Party leader in his home town of Bewdley today.
William Hay offers a well-researched and welcome antidote to the reactionary caricature of Peterloo mythology.
Alistair Lexden: Vivid writing, voracious research. Antonia Fraser’s account of the slow story of Catholic emancipation.
In her twenty-fourth book, she assembles a large cast of curious and colourful characters, much given to making outlandish remarks and fighting duels.
Just as they had with Joe Chamberlain before him, the Tory leadership wooed Lloyd George to fatally fracture the Liberal Party.
This unusual leader still evokes passions in his Party even decades after his surprise election victory.
The work done in partnership with Baldwin, and by Chamberlain alone after 1937, gave Britain some of the best welfare services in the world.
The row over the DUP fits into a long and inglorious tradition of mainland approbation towards, and ignorance of, Ulster Unionists.
It’s past time that the record was set straight on the life and achievements of this remarkable Tory statesman.
The political fallout from this bloody battle of attrition did more to enhance British prospects of victory than the actual fighting.
A new book charts how, over the course of a complicated career, he tried to bring peace to the island whilst defending British interests.
The reputation of this charming, honourable man deserves to be defined by more than Suez.
Alistair Lexden: Condemned in secret by persons unknown. The Church of England’s scandalous treatment of Bishop Bell
Our report exposes the astonishing inadequacy of the procedures through which the ecclesiastical authorities reached their verdict.