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
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Laura Perrins: The bigger the State, the smaller the parents

Just what is going on in modern Britain when teenage girls are turning up to school without adequate sanitary protection? In fact, more to the point, what is going on if girls are not attending school because they are in ‘period poverty,’ because they cannot afford a monthly supply of tampons. It seems that some […]


Laura Perrins: Our feminised justice system will create show trials

Writing in today’s Daily Mail, co-editor Laura Perrins makes the case against pre-recorded evidence at rape trials: It is the Crown’s duty to prove the guilt of a defendant beyond reasonable doubt. However, this principle has been eroded by recent Tory and Labour governments which have changed the way court cases are conducted. The latest attack […]


Laura Perrins: Today makes me burn the porridge and forget the tea

These days I hardly ever listen to the Today programme because I like to remain calm and serene while getting breakfast for the kids. I like to just float through the house, Mary Poppins style, cleaning up a spill here, supervising maths there, giving some hugs when needed, all the while stirring the porridge and […]


Laura Perrins: The tax-starved State blunders into the sex-starved bedroom

Oh, the irony. The sweet, sweet irony. We live in a society saturated with sexual imagery yet adults are having less sex than 20 years ago and much of Europe is facing a fertility crisis. Despite or perhaps because of the pornification of much of our culture, Spain, Germany and Italy all have negative fertility […]


Laura Perrins: The abortion debate does not need a feminist voice

For the Daily Mail today, co-editor Laura Perrins has written a long read on abortion – responding to the Mail‘s exposé uncovering practices at abortion provider Marie Stopes: “The sheer inhumanity of our current abortion laws has been brought into stark relief. First, there was the case of little Abi Peters, born at 23 weeks […]


Laura Perrins: Feminism empowers the big, bossy, nasty State

(Laura Perrins writes on how women are better than feminism in the latest of our series of articles to ‘celebrate’ International Women’s Day on Wednesday.) I will not be celebrating International Women’s Day because I am not a Marxist. It really is that simple. If IWD focused just on improving conditions of girls and women […]