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: A stiff upper lip is preferable to Harry’s emotional incontinence

If Harry is a victim of anything it is of the celebrity ‘me culture’, the one that, since his mother bared her soul to the nation in an interview with Martin Bashir in 1995 (that also left her eldest son deeply upset and which she later is said to have regretted), turned emoting into a […]


Kathy Gyngell: Masterful May is now a Maggie in the making

“I’m not going to be calling a snap election. I’ve been very clear that I think we need that period of time, that stability to be able to deal with the issues that the country is facing and have that election in 2020.” The BBC and other commentators have been all over Mrs May’s words […]


The Kathy Gyngell Interview: Death of grammars has killed off working class Tories, says Harry Mount

Harry Mount is a British author and journalist and the youngest ever Oldie Editor. His latest book, Summer Madness – How Brexit Split the Tories, Destroyed Labour and Divided the Country, details how Brexit morphed into a weapon of mass political destruction. Mount, who is David Cameron’s cousin, and fellow student at Magdalen College, Oxford with […]


Kathy Gyngell: You don’t joke with BBC women sports reporters

Well it’s been the stocks and pillory for poor old David Moyes, who doomed himself with his first public apology. He has not been allowed to stop apologising since and his punishment by public humiliation is set to continue. Now they have scented blood they are circling for the kill; ‘they’ being the feminist pack […]


The Kathy Gyngell Interview: Tories are terrified of middle class feminists, says left-leaning policy chief

(In the first part of this interview yesterday, David Goodhart acknowledged the hypocrisy of ‘Anywheres’ in valuing (married) stability themselves while indirectly promoting the opposite in poorer neighbourhoods by siding with mass immigration and an anti-domesticity family policy.  Today we discuss how the catastrophic effect of socially liberal,  feminist family policy can be put right.  […]


The Kathy Gyngell Interview: Rootless global elite need their wings clipped, says policy chief Goodhart

(David Goodhart is a British journalist, commentator and currently head of Head of Demography, Immigration & Integration at Policy Exchange. His latest book, The Road to Somewhere, has been described as timely, misguided, and thoughtful in equal measure. In it he argues that Britain has split into a dangerous divide between two tribes: traditionally rooted Somewheres […]