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: Multiculturalism has buried all forms of art in this country

Laura Perrins: Maternity leave is sacrosanct. As the death of this poor baby demonstrates

Laura Keynes: The Conservative government offers little to socially conservative women

Reader’s Comment of the Day: After Welby’s wobble the poor bloody infantry have to stiffen the general’s resolve

Reader’s Comment of the Day: We were honest about our ambitions in the days of empire

Chris McGovern: France still knows who it is. We have grievously lost our way

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