One of the few traditional Conservatives to have served on the Tory front bench under Cameron, Paterson was Secretary of State for Northern Ireland before being promoted to the more high profile role of Secretary of State for Defra.

Candidate of the day

Owen Paterson

One day to go and Sir John Major has weighed in. “Labour divides to rule. To win votes they will turn rich against poor; north against south; worker against boss." We hope we don't wake up with them on Friday.

Hero of the day

Sir John Major

Another awful Labour woman. The fact Ed Miliband’s carved his pledges in stone doesn't mean he might not break them, campaign chief Lucy Powell has said.

Villain of the day

Lucy Powell



Back marriage. Restore grammar schools. Leave the EU.

Belinda Brown: Feminism sidelines men and adds huge costs to businesses and the State

Philippa Taylor: Latest research suggests a link between abortion and breast cancer  

Reader’s Comment of the Day: EU referendum is an establishment stitch-up

Caroline Farrow: Supporters of gay marriage have fought dirty in the Irish referendum

Kathy Gyngell: Steve Hilton is right. We do have a problem with big business. We haven’t got any

Mark Ellse: Here’s a maths puzzle. How to make exams harder but pass the same number of pupils?

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