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.

Leslie Loftis

Leslie Loftis

Leslie is a once and future American expat, most recently in London. She is also a lawyer and former local political campaign operative turned freelance writer. She currently lives in her hometown of Houston with her husband and their four children. Find her on twitter @AHLondonTX.
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Leslie Loftis’s America Watch: The UN is close to signing its own death warrant

It is no secret that Brits and Americans do not, as a general matter, see eye to eye on the issue of Israel. For the purposes of this discussion, however, it is only important that broad and bipartisan American support for Israel is a fact. After Resolution 2334 sanctioning Israel and the reported machinations that […]


Leslie Loftis’s America Watch: The Left’s last anti-Trump throw is a fashionista strop

Sophie Theallet, a fashion designer who has dressed the current First Lady, Michelle Obama, tweeted an open letter to other fashion designers calling on them all to refuse to dress incoming First Lady Melania Trump. Whether the letter is in earnest or a brand publicity stunt now that the First Lady she has dressed is moving off […]


Leslie Loftis’s America Watch: In the war on Washington, Trump won

I confess that Tuesday night did not go as I expected. I also confess that if someone had told me three years ago that Republicans would win the White House and both houses of Congress and that I would find the event unsettling, then I would have dismissed the prediction as I dismiss carnival fortune […]


Leslie Loftis: Trump’s troops will rage, rage at the dying of the Right

I am writing this on Sunday evening before Election Day. I just finished binge watching the first episodes of The Crown, Netflix’s new historical drama about Queen Elizabeth II. (Yes, it is the one in which John Lithgow plays Churchill. Complain if you must, but it is well done so far.)  Traditions and peaceful transfers […]


Leslie Loftis’s America Watch: Clinton or Trump – we turn our backs on the world

Last week, I discussed the domestic effects of the probable Trump loss. This week I will cover the foreign policy implications. First, yes, a loss is still likely. The reopening of the FBI investigation will not move the polls enough but more on that at the end. The global effects were set when Trump became […]


Leslie Loftis’s America Watch: Trump takes the GOP ship down with him

Save good news mirages appearing to some Donald Trump supporters, most observers anticipate a Hillary Clinton win in less than two weeks. Yes, undecided numbers are still relatively high, so Trump’s loss is not a sure thing for cautious analysts, but early voting trends and poll momentum suggest the more practical question is how big […]