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.

David Keighley

David Keighley

Former BBC news producer, BBC PR executive and head of corporate relations for TV-am. Director of News-watch.
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David Keighley: How the BBC arrogantly censors free speech on climate change

To The Guardian and presumably its diminishing band of readers, the issue of climate change alarmism is settled. We are all going to fry and they know it beyond doubt. They all have an army of correspondents who tell us so. Although I disagree strongly, I also accept that as a newspaper, The Guardian is […]


David Keighley: Europhile quango queen and climate change warrior. No wonder Dave wants her as BBC chief

With perhaps wearying predictability, another major Europhile is firmly in the frame to become the successor to Lord Patten as BBC chairman. It’s rumoured that she is Diana Coyle, the current deputy chairman, an economist who has written books on the topic and also worked on The Independent newspaper as a commentator. Interviews for the job […]


David Keighley: Newsnight is a dying brand. And Paxman is partially to blame

So, it’s good night from him, then. Jeremy Paxman has ended his marathon quarter century stint as presenter of BBC2’s Newsnight. I have known him for longer than most because Jeremy was my first editor when I joined the staff of the Cambridge University newspaper Varsity back in 1971. But I won’t be mourning his […]


David Keighley: UKIP’s triumph was remarkable. It overcame BBC propaganda as well

The dust has well and truly settled on the EU elections – among the political class knives are still out for UKIP, and watch out! – that man of impeccable political judgment, Gordon Brown has muscled in, telling voters they were wrong to vote for the party. Gordon’s considered verdict is that Mr Farage is […]


David Keighley: Leftie love-in Glastonbury tops even the World Cup for the BBC

The BBC is set for its annual Glastonbury extravaganza we read. The headline of the week about our great broadcasting corporation is that they are sending 300 staff to cover the Glastonbury festival to deliver around 80 hours of coverage on their main channels on television and radio. Heading the junket are those brilliant broadcasters Fearne Cotton […]