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Lord Lexden visit gives students insight into life at Westminster

Havering Sixth Form College hosted a talk from a member of the House of Lords last Friday to encourage students to become more engaged with the political and parliamentary process. 

Conservative peer Lord Lexden, formerly known as Alistair Cooke, met with Politics students for an hour to talk about the work and role of the House of Lords. This was followed by a question and answer session on various aspects of the parliamentary process and life at Westminster in general.

Learning Plus Officer Claire Hackett said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to interact with someone who knows the parliamentary system inside out, as it can sometimes seem far removed from their daily lives.”

Lord Lexden was given his title in 2010 and took his seat in the House of Lords in January 2011. His political interests include Northern Ireland and education. He was born in Lexden, on the outskirts of Colchester, and studied History at Cambridge University.

After working as an academic historian at Queen’s University, Belfast, he spent most of his career as a senior official in the central organisation of the Conservative Party. He is now a book reviewer for Parliament’s House magazine and is also Chairman of the Conservative History Group.

His visit to College was arranged through the Lord Speaker’s ‘Peers in Schools’ programme, which has been running across the UK since 2007.

Students found the visit beneficial and said it gave them an insight into how the House of Lords fits into the parliamentary processes in the UK.