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

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THE REAL CONSERVATIVE MANIFESTO

Back marriage. Restore grammar schools. Leave the EU.

Kathy Gyngell: Denver goes to pot. So Theresa May appoints a drug legaliser as her adviser

Jill Kirby: Volunteers are altruistic. Pay them and they become cheap labour

Paul T Horgan: The union argument equating strike ballots with democratic elections is bogus

  • Chris Lenon: So much for local democracy. Crossrail 2 “consultation” is a charade

    Laura Perrins: The full price of Ed Balls’s posturing over the Baby P case? Nearly £1 million

    Nick Wood: Don’t underestimate the determination of a Quiet Man. Philip Hammond stiffens EU policy


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