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.

Nick Wood: England and Scotland separated years ago. The Union is an empty shell

Richard Hyslop: Don’t let Salmond throw away 300 years of shared endeavour. A heartfelt plea to stay together

Laura Perrins: Nick Clegg’s special talent. Spending other people’s money – lots of it

  • Deirdre Boyd: Farewell to Jim Dobbin – a great MP and tireless campaigner against addiction

    Neil McKeganey: The so-called Global Drugs Commission is a front for legalisation

    Alistair Thompson: OMG! “Send for Gordon Brown” – the Union is Doooooomed!

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