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

David Kurten: Tories have succumbed to the long march of the cultural Marxists

Caroline Farrow: Unpopular lefty Newsnight seeks to stitch up the popular righty DUP

Daniel Frampton: The Left still seeks to destroy the nation state

David Keighley’s BBC Watch: Whitewash EU extravagance and smear Farage

Laura Perrins: Vive la difference is a sacking offence in Nerdland

Dr Campbell Campbell-Jack: Brave luvvies turn freedom fighters in occupied America

Reader’s Comment of the Week

In response to David Kurten: Tories have succumbed to the long march of the cultural Marxists, coloniescross wrote:

“Excellently put Mr Kurten. Not only Britain but I would suggest the whole of the Western world, and its culture, stands on the cusp.

“Meek acquiescence won't be good enough. A strong, morally grounded party is essential if we are to defeat the twin scourges of "cultural Marxism" and intolerant "religious" fundamentalism. Both these opposing ideologies are at odds with each other, both also are at odds with the overwhelming majority of right-thinking people.”

TCW Hero of the Week

This does not happen often, but this week’s Hero is a Labour MP, Sarah Champion. Sticking her head above the PC parapet in response to the Newcastle abuse convictions, Champion said that fear of being called racist is preventing authorities investigating the reasons behind child abuse cases. In an interview on the Today programme, she bravely said what many think by saying that gang-related child sexual exploitation involves "predominately Pakistani men" who were involved in such cases "time and time and time again….This isn’t racist, it’s child protection.” We should not have to congratulate Champion for saying this, but sadly we do.

TCW Villain of the Week

This week, Google turned political fiction into reality. In full Big Brother mode it fired an employee for having the temerity to think for himself. This latter day Winston Smith dared to say that we need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism. Voicing the dangerous idea that men and women are different proved a thought crime too far. Google’s Ministry of Truth enforcement arm stepped into action. Our rebel found himself out on his ear for breaching their 'standards of diversity and inclusion'. If that is not double speak, what is?

Lefty Lunacy of the Week

Brazen baroness plays the wimmin card

The Conservative Woman