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: Sorry, Rachel, but taking a Cabinet seat then going on maternity leave is anything but feminist

Labour high-flier Rachel Reeves’s boast that, if her party wins the General Election in May, she will hold a post in Cabinet while taking maternity leave, made my jaw drop. These are two incredibly important jobs. By choosing to do them at the same time she totally negates the value of both. Her desire to […]


Belinda Brown: Esther’s brickbat for men. When will women stand up for the second sex?

Esther McVey wants to help other women benefit from the de facto female quota system that has been so kind to her. Unusually, she wants to extend female bounty into a less well paid, less prestigious profession – building. With an EU target of half a million more women into employment by the beginning of […]


Belinda Brown: Feminists are wrong. Ordinary women need ordinary men 

Last Wednesday Professor Baroness Alison Wolf gave a speech on feminism and welfare as part of the Demos postliberalism lecture series at the University of Westminster. Professor Wolf specialises in the relationship between education and the labour market. She has a particular interest in training and skills policy, universities, and the medical workforce. The XX […]


Belinda Brown: The great majority of women prioritise children and family over career success

Changing Families and feminist blind spots: have female friendly policies been captured by middle class feminists? On Wednesday, Alison Wolf will be delivering the third lecture in the Demos series “A Post-Liberal Future”. Wolf in her book “The XX factor; how working women are creating a new society” highlights how we are living in a […]


Belinda Brown: Women as combat soldiers? We don’t need an equal opportunity to kill

Richard Kemp wrote an excellent article on why women should not be engaged in direct combat. His argument was vilified. I would like to examine what it is that blinds so many to what is highly informed common sense First, the concept of equal opportunities has become distorted and misused. Equal opportunities was about creating […]


Belinda Brown: Priti Patel take note. We are sliding back to a peasant economy where the village looks after the kids

Priti Patel you have got it wrong. And if your parents knew how your  policies are eroding the fabric of our society, they would be ashamed.  The reason that your parents like so many other migrants to this society were able to contribute so much, culturally and economically, was because they were able to put […]