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.

Laura Perrins

Laura Perrins

Laura is Co-Editor of The Conservative Woman
All posts by Laura Perrins

Laura Perrins: Our clichéd, spineless response to Manchester is the terrorists’ biggest victory

I don’t think I can take any more of this. The media and establishment reaction to the barbaric attack on men, women and children in Manchester on Monday night has been as dire as it has been predictable. The worst bit was the poem. I had to turn off Today when that came on: talk about […]


Laura Perrins: This girl can wield a knife but does that make her a heart surgeon?

Just how rotten is the culture and what is going on with the students? On close reading of the case of Lavina Woodward suggests that all is not what it should be in the Dreaming Spires. Press reports about the ‘extraordinary medical student and aspiring heart surgeon’ who stabbed her boyfriend with a kitchen knife caused outrage […]


Laura Perrins: May’s Right to Buy scheme won’t make much difference

I would like to know, just who are the working class? On one level it is simple –they are people who work for a living. They are not professionals and they may not have a degree. They are honest folk being screwed over by others – the global elites, the Tories, the Blairites, it depends […]


Laura Perrins: May has ditched the family so only the big State is left

Now listen. I don’t want to be rude to my fellow conservatives, I really don’t. But I feel the time has now come to say to the economic liberals out there: screw you. You left us social conservatives high and dry and now they are coming for you. We have always said social conservatism is […]


Laura Perrins: I would rather have the vicar’s daughter than a bunch of Marxists

What is it like to have lunch with the Mays? My guess it is a pleasant affair, not a laugh a minute, but warm and jovial. There is Theresa, cooking up a storm in her kitchen ‘with lots of cook books’ while Phil bumbles through at the last minute to take out the bins. I […]


Laura Perrins: Elites betrayed the people over immigration – read Murray’s book

Gaby Hinsliff does not like it when people can read good and write proper. That is one of the problems with Douglas Murray, what with his fancy ways and his poisonous pen. In his new book, The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam, Murray dares to question the lefty consensus that the open borders of […]