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.

Rev Jules Gomes

Rev Jules Gomes

The Rev'd Dr Jules Gomes is pastor of St Augustine's Church, Douglas, on the Isle of Man.
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‘Rebel Priest’ Rev Jules Gomes: Synod fiddles while Canterbury burns

Twice a year, around 500 adult Anglicans come together to play adult Anglican games. Games played by the General Synod of the Church of England include Blind Bishops’ Buff, Bible Bingo, Fudging the Faith, Blowing Hot Air Balloons, Let’s Pretend We’re Parliament, Covering your Backside and Tailing Balaam’s Ass. This year, in the interests of […]


Rev Jules Gomes Interview: Welby risks a fatal Anglican split over homosexuality

(Rev Jules Gomes interviews Susie Leafe, Director of Reform, a conservative evangelical pressure group within the Church of England. Susie has been a fierce opponent of the ordination of women and will be one of the strongest conservative voices in this week’s General Synod debate on the Report on Marriage and Same Sex Relationships after the Shared […]


‘Rebel Priest’ Rev Jules Gomes: Churchill, Hume and Kant – Bercow would have gagged them all

John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, is having a midlife crisis. Playboy for Parliamentarians has not asked him to pose in the nude for the centre spread of its Brexit issue. His wife, Sally in the Westminster Alley, has beaten him to the glossy world of soft porn with a nothing more than […]


‘Rebel Priest’ Rev Jules Gomes: Christian shepherds side with the Islamist wolf

Civil war has erupted in the church. This time it is not over women’s ordination or same-sex marriage. This time it is not between Protestants and Catholics or evangelicals and liberals. The civil war among 21st century Christian leaders is over the immigration of Muslims to the post-Christian West. The catalyst for the civil war […]


Rev Jules Gomes: Trump is entitled to protect persecuted Christian refugees

‘If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not clarity, I am become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal.’ Yes, yes, I know! St Paul writes about “charity” not “clarity.” But if he were only to write to the Corinthians after having his inbox inundated with emails from Christian […]


‘Rebel Priest’ Rev Jules Gomes: Welby is sucked further into the feminist mire

You boot a right-wing chaplain out, You bring a left-wing chaplain in, In, out, in, out, You shake it all about. You do the Hokey Cokey, and you turn around, That’s what the Church of England is all about. We’ve seen the era of the Blair babes, and we’ve seen the epoch of Dave’s dolls. […]