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: Another feminist triumph. Catcalling not chivalry and phone porn at breakfast

Reader’s comment of the day: Cameron’s Tories are no different to Labour

Laura Perrins:  Come on sisters. Admit it. You would be so much more fulfilled in Rwanda

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    Jill Kirby: How fear of allegations of racism prevents the police from protecting young girls and enforcing the law

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