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

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THE REAL CONSERVATIVE MANIFESTO

Back marriage. Restore grammar schools. Leave the EU.

TCW Week in Review

Six of the best

Laura Perrins: The right to bear arms protects Americans against an over-mighty State

David Keighley’s BBC Brexit Watch: May’s new spinner picks a fight with Fox

Jane Kelly: The politicisation of grief makes us all alone

Kathy Gyngell: Those who live by faux outrage die by it – Times hacks please note

Niall McCrae: We are the Resistance in the culture wars

Rev Jules Gomes: Church says you can choose to be gay but not to be straight

Reader’s Comment of the Week

In response to Laura Perrins: People should feel ashamed they voted for Corbyn, Labour_is_bunk wrote:

"There's only so much "free stuff" that can be handed out to appease and con this demographic. They'll realise how wrong they were when the mask slips and like other socialist regimes, everyone has to carry ID papers, when the "correction centres" are doing brisk business and when "going to uni" either won't be an option at all or they'll be TOLD what to study "for the good of the State”. Once we reach that point, it'll be too late."

TCW Hero of the Week

The Office for Budget Responsibility lived up to its name this week by pointing out that desperate Tory calls to spend more money will do us nothing but harm. They observed that  Theresa May’s shelving of 17 vital cost-cutting policies due to her election failure will leave a £3.5bn black hole in the budget, saying that “unfunded giveaways” aimed at bolstering the Government’s position “would only add to the longer-term challenges” faced by the public finances. This advice mirrors that old adage of running a country as you would run a household – don’t spend more than you earn. If we desert this now, our children will have hell to pay.

TCW Villain of the Week

Former Labour minister and now crossbench peer Lord Adonis has said that pursuing a proper Brexit would be worse than appeasing Adolf Hitler. Au contraire – remaining shackled to EU institutions is equivalent to appeasement as we would agree to be bullied and lulled into submission by an undemocratic, over-regulatory, intransigent and repressive EU that shows absolutely no intention of reforming itself. Not only was this a mind-bogglingly irresponsible analogy of him to make, Adonis’s wish to depose the Brexit we voted for exposes an intellectual blind spot when it comes to understanding democracy – a problem that Hitler had too.

Lefty Lunacy of the Week

London Underground goes gender neutral

The Conservative Woman