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.

Holly’s Letter From America: The Clintons turn to drugs. Must be an election on the way

Laura Perrins: Carey’s suicide mission. His volte face on euthanasia is wrong on every count

Sharon James: Scotland’s Salmond brings back nationalisation. Every child in the country under his control

  • Matthew Walsh: Juncker comes clean and rules out EU renegotiation. Cameron should follow suit

    Kevin A. Sabet: Only big business wins from legalising pot. Impressionable kids are the big losers  

    Gerard Batten MEP: Mafia judges are not on par with the Old Bailey. Cameron is wrong about the European Arrest Warrant

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