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: Ex-nightclub bouncer nabs classroom tearaways

“Creating a Culture: How school leaders can optimise behaviour“, is the title of a new report by the Government’s ‘behaviour’ tsar, Tom Bennett. He was asked to answer this question: “Is there a national problem with behaviour?” And, would you believe it, this is his answer – “The evidence suggests there is.” Who would have thought […]


Chris McGovern: Teachers are expected to be social workers and psychiatrists

Compulsory sex education is on its way to your child’s school. Many parents will sigh with relief but others will sigh in anguish. Personally, I am broadly in favour of sex education in the classroom provided it is agreed with the parent body and, largely, confined to the secondary level and taught within a moral […]


Chris McGovern: Angry boys switch off as schools become a man-free zone

(Chris McGovern writes on how feminism has affected our schools in the latest of our series of articles to ‘celebrate’ International Women’s Day on Wednesday.) In terms of academic achievement there has never been a better time to be born a girl and never a worse time to be born a boy. Last year a […]


Chris McGovern: Banning homework would mean ignorance for all

Rather like Mary Berry and Alan Bennett, children’s author and former Children’s Laureate, Michael Rosen, has become something of a ‘national treasure’. This bestows on him an element of immunity to criticism. And why would anyone wish to question the insight and wisdom that emanates from the author of “Fluff the Farting Fish”, “What is […]


Chris McGovern: Chalk and talk and bigger classes would revitalise our schools

Is educational attainment in schools related to ‘per capita’ expenditure on pupils? Most teachers, politicians, parents and commentators, seem to think so. It has become, almost, an axiomatic truth in Britain today and underpins the row over school funding in English schools that has started to hit the headlines. But is it true? The UK […]


Chris McGovern: Churchill damned experts before Gove was even born

Did Michael Gove’s scepticism during the Brexit debate, about slavishly following ‘experts’, make him a Holocaust denier? Does the pro-Israeli President Trump take a similarly soft position on Nazi policies of extermination? A recent article in The Times Higher Education Supplement leads its readers in that direction. It publishes a graphic picture of Gove and Trump alongside […]