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.

Reader’s Comment of the Day: Trendy politicians cost people their jobs

In response to Cerberus: Virtue signalling comes at a cost. The closure of the steel industry, noix wrote:

I am sad to say that this is probably the truth of the matter. The mainstream politicians and media are conspicuous in their silence about the effect of the Climate Change Act. They do not wish the public to be aware of the price they pay for politicians' grandstanding.

  • Andy

    Quite so. And because most politicians, like the lazy idle Miliband who was in charge of the Climate Change Act, have never had a proper job much less run a business they are totally and utterly clueless about real life.