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: Time to get tough with the would-be jihadists in our midst

How long will the liberal establishment keep its head in the sand over terror? Commuters, holidaymakers, police and now, in the most horrific attack ever on our shores, young girls and teenagers targeted in this latest sickening atrocity. Who will be next? Nursery school infants? Babies and nurses in hospital maternity units? Each time we […]


Kathy Gyngell: Big Mother May will soon be putting our kids to bed

To have or not to have? Coco Pops versus pie and peas? Which better improves kids’ classroom performances? Celebrity hackette Rachel Johnson was absolutely sure lunches are best. A Tory spokesman with her on Any Questions on Saturday told her in all seriousness she was wrong – for they  (the IFS or some other such source […]


Kathy Gyngell: May’s socialist care plan is an attack on thrift and family

I don’t know what depressed me more yesterday. The Daily Mail’s unqualified support for Mrs May’s ‘Miliband’ manifesto and their lauding of her ‘honesty’. Or the heartbreaking state of my 95-year-old mother, wandering, lost and pathetically searching for her parents. I was at her home with her on my ‘care’ shift . It pointed up what a […]


Kathy Gyngell: When Farron is crushed will he console himself with a joint?

Wednesday saw the Lib Dem manifesto published at the Oval Space in Hackney. Eager BBC reporters took off to Cambridge, where no doubt they thought they’d find  among students some supporters for this 1970s retro party’s hippy drugs policy. The sensible kids were far more exercised about student loans – yes some maintenance grants would be welcome […]


Kathy Gyngell: Sarah Sands’s first task is to banish Today’s anti-Brexit bias

You will be startled to hear from us that: “The BBC has and will continue to cover Brexit in a responsible and impartial way independent of political pressure”. Just in case you hadn’t understood what this means: “The job of impartial journalism is to scrutinise the issues and interrogate the relevant voices, not advocate for a position” and “impartiality […]


Kathy Gyngell: Wanted – a truly conservative manifesto

Picking up The Guardian last Friday, curious to see how the organ of the left had responded to the most expensive suicide note in history, I discovered two things. One was that though Gordon Brown would have choked before acknowledging Mrs May as his true heir, he couldn’t bring himself to mention Mr Corbyn at […]