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

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THE REAL CONSERVATIVE MANIFESTO

Back marriage. Restore grammar schools. Leave the EU.

Reader’s Comment of the Day:  Labour is in hock to its Owen Jones Stalinists

Chris McGovern: Teaching is not a 9 to 5 job. Nicky Morgan please note

Reader’s Comment of the Day: The young can realise their dreams through hard work

Paul T Horgan: Labour has performed a lobotomy on itself by purging the Blairites

Reader’s Comment of the Day: Progressive politics have filled the gap left by Christianity’s decline

Rob Slane: Why the faux outrage over Lord Sewel? He is an icon of modern Britain

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