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.

TCW Week in Review

Karen Harradine: Obama left Israel isolated and exposed

Rob Slane: The elite threatens Trump – Owen Jones please note

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    Laura Perrins: Real Conservatives would sweep away the failed welfare state

    Andrew Tettenborn: Academia conspires to undermine Israel’s right to exist

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    ‘New Look’ Features


    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  Read More

    Laura Kuenssberg (Cicero Group)

    David Keighley: BBC declares war on America

    This was the weekend when, arguably, the BBC abandoned principles of impartiality and became a fully-fledged political faction determined to mount an all-out assault on the preside  Read More

    Theresa May (Chatham House)

    The Kathy Gyngell Interview: May must be bold, says Standpoint editor

    (Daniel Johnson is a former Times and Telegraph journalist and founded the conservative magazine Standpoint in 2008) Kathy Gyngell: Firstly can I congratulate you getting Standpoin  Read More


    Laura Perrins: If you can’t beat the free stuff brigade, join them

    I am about to say something in this piece and you are not going to like it. There have been frequent pushes in the last few years for a new fandangled  Read More

    Bank of England (Ofer Deshe)

    Lefty Lunacy: Brexit is worse than Bin Laden, says Bank

    Fresh from their multitude of apologies for miscalculating that the sky would fall in post-Brexit, the Bank of England seems to have backtracked…and   Read More


    Reader’s Comment: Where were the street parties for Airey Neave?

    In response to Kathy Gyngell: The tragic murder of Jo Cox has no political significance, Andy wrote: Let’s be realistic here: the murder of Jo Cox was a dreadful crime but it ha  Read More