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

Belinda Brown

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.
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Belinda Brown: Women’s Equality Party is about cushy jobs for the girls

We have just had International Women’s Day. That time of year when feminist groups up and down the country cash in on the suffering of third world women by trying to convince us that if we get rid of our pay gap or get more women in boardrooms somehow that will impact on the third […]


Belinda Brown: Campus censorship? The only safe space is the family

On Wednesday I attended a conference “The New Intolerance on Campus”, organised by Spiked. Important arguments and valuable points were made both by the excellent speakers and from the floor. We were reminded how important it is for our human growth, and our moral development to have our ideas, beliefs and assumptions challenged – Newman’s […]


Belinda Brown: Gender pay gap explained. Men work longer hours in tough jobs

We are having one of our regular drumbeats about the gender pay gap, with the BBC singing the chorus and the liberal media playing the tune. The reality is that from 20-39 women are paid marginally more than men. By their late 30s the choices which women have made around their children and family start to […]


Belinda Brown: Feminism forgets that private life surpasses public life

Socially conservative women, those of us who place family and children at the centre, will, I hope dislodge feminism from its teetering political pedestal  and help provide an alternative, all embracing, more functional politics. A politics where families and individuals are at the heart of decision making  can be equally ambitious in scope because it […]


Belinda Brown: Boys have been abandoned by the gender equality bandwagon

This week has seen a parliamentary discussion on how to increase ‘diversity’ in STEMM subjects. We have also had some front page headlines about the lack of freedom of speech in universities. Tomorrow evening I hope to show that freedom of speech is still alive and well in UCL. I plan to examine the impact […]


Belinda Brown: What young women really want are marriageable young men

On Wednesday I was on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour discussing a recent report produced by the Young Woman’s Trust (YWT). When I covered this report previously the survey findings were not available. Now that they are, a close look at them suggests that the report is an exercise in spin. The report repeatedly states that young women feel traditionally male roles are […]