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.



Cerberus writes a blog every Monday on the state of modern Britain.
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Cerberus: The May regime should lighten up and open its doors to ideas

Theresa May should be looking forward to her Christmas break. Her Government enjoys a 17-point lead in the polls, the biggest Tory advantage for seven years. After a mild setback in Richmond Park, the Conservatives romped to victory in the Sleaford by-election, enjoying the spectacle of Labour being beaten into fourth place. In electoral terms, […]


Cerberus: Trump’s triumph is America’s Brexit moment

So lightning did strike twice. On June 23, the British people rose up against their political elite and decisively broke with the foreign and domestic policy consensus of the last 50 years by voting to leave the European Union. And yesterday, the American people decisively broke with a Washington political elite that they believe has […]


Cerberus: If Blair was a tipster, he would go broke

Tony Blair’s record as a political and economic soothsayer is not without blemish. He was, for instance, an early and enthusiastic exponent of Britain joining the euro, saying in 2002 that it would be “crazy” to reject it on political grounds and a year earlier hailing the “low inflation and high growth” delivered by the […]


Cerberus: A snap election would ensure that Brexit really does mean Brexit

A Conservative government has a small majority and a new and largely untested leader; a monumental political and parliamentary challenge lies ahead over Europe; and a significant number of would-be rebels and assassins lie waiting in the shadows. No, not John Major after his unexpected election victory in 1992 as he prepared to pilot the […]


Cerberus: Welcome to Mrs May’s one-party state

Are we living in a one-party state? Although last week at the Tory conference in Birmingham there was no triumphalism, just quiet satisfaction that Mrs May had taken so readily to the job, the question is hard to avoid. Just look at the state of the other parties. Labour is mired in the most appalling […]


Cerberus: May puts us on track for independence

Theresa May is on the right track. Today, she made two key announcements that shape the hitherto inchoate debate  about the precise meaning of Brexit. First, we will repeal Ted Heath’s misguided legacy, the 1972 European Communities Act, which severely compromised our birthright as an independent, self-governing country. Second, we will give the EU formal […]