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.

Kathy Gyngell

Kathy Gyngell

Kathy is Co-Editor of The Conservative Woman
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Kathy Gyngell: Trump is more sinned against than sinning

I am no US politics expert. If my head was in a spin before about the supposed Russian involvement in the US presidential election, after the recent House Intelligence Committee hearing into its alleged meddling, I was in need of a cool cloth on my brow. Who was spying on whom, who leaked what to […]


Kathy Gyngell: Girls in the office? No, senior parliamentary executives

They do make me laugh, these oh so self-important ladies of the press – they of very thin skins and a permanent sense of humour failure. It was all too predictable once Sir Roger Gale called his office staff ‘girls’, with a wonderfully blythe disregard for the PC feminist rulebook, and his ‘misspeaking’ misdemeanour hit the news. […]


Kathy Gyngell: Legal curbs on abortion should be tightened not scrapped

There is something very rotten in the State of Britain. I am talking about the insidious and largely unchallenged creep towards the legalisation of abortion to term. On Monday, Diana Johnson’s radical Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill, which seeks to remove all legal restrictions on abortion, was passed in the House of Commons by 172 […]


Kathy Gyngell: Opponents of grammars are obsessed with levelling down

(The Conservative Woman Grammar School debate between Graham Brady MP and Sir Michael Wilshaw takes place tomorrow. Final free tickets can be applied for here.) Everyone I meet who went to a grammar school like me feels most extraordinarily privileged and indebted. ‘I went to a grammar school and I support them’ is the sine qua non refrain, except for the odd […]


Kathy Gyngell: Hammond’s daycare splurge completes feminist takeover of Tory party

How my heart sank the day Theresa May chastised Conservatives for being ‘the nasty party’ from the conference platform.  There was no slow hand clap in response. Her already emasculated party capitulated.  It was the day leftism took complete command of the political heights. Its bullying tactics had won and Mrs May finished off their […]


Kathy Gyngell: Dishing out hard drugs does not solve addiction

I feel very sorry for the people of Durham. They are cursed with a very foolish Chief Constable in Mike Barton. He is a policeman on a la la land mission to hand out free heroin to addicts, a man who misguidedly believes this  will prevent addicts from committing crime to fund their street habit. […]