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.

Reader’s Comment of the Day: Liberty is threatened by militant supporters of gay marriage

Kathy Gyngell: Ever wondered about a world without America? This mayhem is what it is like

Chris McGovern: Lessons in FGM, anti-homophobia, porn, British Values and radicalisation. No time for maths then

Nick Booth: Robin Hood in reverse. How the BBC robs the poor and gives to multi-millionaire presenters

Reader’s Comment of the Day: The Tory establishment is in bed with the BBC

Laura Perrins: Janner’s prosecution is a witch-hunt and a colossal waste of our money

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