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.

Chris McGovern

Chris McGovern

Chris McGovern is the Chairman of the Campaign for Real Education. A retired head teacher with 35 years’ teaching experience, Chris is a former advisor to the Policy Unit at 10 Downing Street under two Prime Ministers.
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Chris McGovern: Three cheers for a head prepared to lay down the law

Should pupils be required to follow school rules?  Surprisingly, not all parents think so and nor do all head teachers. A well-publicised row has broken out over a teacher vacancy advert at Magna Academy, a comprehensive in Dorset. The school is seeking to appoint someone to be in overall charge of behaviour and discipline. The […]


Chris McGovern: Teachers bribed to denigrate Christianity

“Five luxury Harrods Hampers to be won!” That is the offer currently being made to teachers by the Times Educational Supplement resources website. What is more, by using the ‘FREEHAMPER” discount code you get “ a free teacher-created, classroom-tested resource costing £3 or less.” So what is on offer? A model lesson for 11-14 year-olds […]


Chris McGovern: We will have to take a back-door route to more grammars

The Queen’s Speech might suggest that the ‘game is up’ for Tory plans to expand grammar school provision. As the BBC observed: “The Government’s plans for the next two years no longer include their most high profile education reform – the expansion of selective education in England.” It is not, however, game, set and match […]


Chris McGovern: The magic money tree won’t fix our schools

Labour’s promise to commit over six times as much extra cash to education as the Tories may not have won the election for Jeremy Corbyn but it certainly helped to swing the beneficiaries of our education system in his direction. And who could blame them? It was never going to be easy to get young […]


Chris McGovern: Corbyn’s surge has its roots in the classroom

Only eight per cent of teachers expressed an intention to vote Conservative in a survey carried out by The Times Educational Supplement (TES) shortly before the general election. 68 per cent committed themselves to Labour. Given that teachers are the politically correct conduit through which many children learn to view the world, the Conservative Party should be alarmed. […]


Chris McGovern: Soppy Greens think tests drive kids mad

Question: Which party leader recently sat a Key Stage 2 SATs test and passed with flying colours? Answer: The leader of the Green Party. Trick question, though, since it was not Caroline Lucas! The Greens, bless them, have two leaders. It is less hierarchical and more cuddly. Disappointing, though, that the party does not have […]