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.

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The Conservative Woman is the voice of social conservatism and the friend of true progress.

Our values – those of faith, family and flag – are vital for the cohesive society we need if, as a society, we are to effectively rise to the new economic, political, technological and social challenges that face us today.

About the Editors

Kathy Gyngell

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Kathy is co-editor of The Conservative Woman. She is a graduate of both Cambridge and Oxford universities. She started her career at London Weekend Television, going on to become features editor at TV-am, a career she gave up to become a full time mother.

In 1999 she set up Minotaur Media Tracking – the precursor to News-Watch – with David Keighley to monitor BBC EU output.

Since then she contributed to the Conservative Party’s Social Justice Policy Reviews: Breakdown Britain (2006) and Breakthrough Britain (2007); and published two critiques of drug policy, The Phoney War on Drugs (2009) and Breaking the Habit (2011) both at The Centre for Policy Studies where she has been a research fellow since 2007.

She has written for The Daily Mail, The Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph, The Times and the Evening Standard and appeared on a range of TV and radio news programmes.

She is a trustee of the drugs prevention charity Cannabis and Skunk Sense.

Laura Perrins

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Laura is co-editor of The Conservative Woman. She was born and raised in Dublin. She is a graduate in law from University College Dublin and Cambridge. She is a former barrister who practised at the criminal bar before taking a break from her career to care for her family.

She has written for The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, Conservative Home and the Catholic Herald.

She has appeared on Newsnight, the Sky News paper review, ITV Daybreak and for Radio 4, World at One; Bringing up Britain; Woman’s Hour; and, You and Yours.

She appeared in the Sunday Times News Review and took part and debated in the BBC 100 Women ‘Half the World Speaks’ event at Broadcasting House.

Contributors to The Conservative Woman

Philippa Taylor

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Philippa is Head of Public Policy at the Christian Medical Fellowship.

Leslie Loftis

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Leslie is a lawyer turned housewife turned writer. After writing an expat blog, An American Housewife in London, Leslie now writes for The Federalist and PJ Lifestyle. She currently lives in Houston caring for her husband and their four children from where she writes her weekly America Watch blog for us.

Dr Laura Keynes

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Dr Laura Keynes is an academic, writer and critic based in Cambridge. She writes for Standpoint magazine, the Catholic Herald and The Tablet.

Chris McGovern

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Chris McGovern is a retired head teacher with 35 years’ teaching experience in both maintained and independent sectors at all ages from 5 to 18 and in both co-ed and single sex schools. He is the Chairman of the Campaign for Real Education and was an advisor to the Policy Unit at 10 Downing Street under Margaret Thatcher and John Major.

David Keighley

David is a former BBC news producer, BBC PR executive and head of corporate relations for TV-am. He is now the director of News-watch and writes our regular BBC Watch column.

Andrew Cadman

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Dr Cadman is a London-based Data Scientist/Developer with extensive experience in scientific research, IT development and entrepreneurial start-ups. He is a member of Ukip.

Paul T Horgan

Paul works in the IT Sector and lives in Berkshire.

Nick Booth

Nick is a freelance technology writer.

Belinda Brown

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Belinda Brown is author of “The Private Revolution” and a number of well-cited academic papers. More recently, she has started writing and blogging for The Daily Mail and The Conservative Woman. She has a particular interest in men’s issues and the damage caused by feminism.

Jane Kelly

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Jane was a journalist with The Daily Mail for fifteen years. She now writes for the Spectator and the Salisbury Review.

Caroline Farrow

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Caroline is a Columnist for the Catholic Universe.

Mark Ellse

Mark is a former headmaster.

Tamara Chabe

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Tamara is a Legal/Business Advisor with a special interest in Business, Current Affairs & Leadership matters.

Rob Slane

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Rob writes for a number of organisations on a wide array of subjects from a Christian/conservative perspective and blogs regularly at

Rev Julian Mann

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Julian is vicar of the Parish Church of the Ascension, Oughtibridge, South Yorkshire.

Louise Kirk

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Louise is UK Co-ordinator for the Alive to the World values education programme and author of Sexuality Explained: a Guide for Parents and Children. She writes and speaks widely on topics touching family and the education of the young, and sits on Shrewsbury Diocese’s Commission for Marriage and Family Life.