Owen Paterson

PMQs sketch: Shouldn’t ‘preventable deaths’ really be called ‘homicides due to negligence’?

24 February 2016 16:47

David Cameron was grilled today on plans for a ‘7-day NHS’. This is his attempt to iron out a slight…

Newsnight accused of EU bias over Owen Paterson interview

29 October 2015 9:57

After the Prime Minister was criticised yesterday for warning of the cons of leaving the EU long before his renegotiation has been…

Owen Paterson interview: My plan to find the next Tory leader

1 October 2015 13:43

One evening early in this autumn term in Parliament, Tory MPs crowded excitedly into a parliamentary office for drinks and…

Owen Paterson to write policies for Tory leadership hopeful

9 September 2015 19:11

It’s official: the Tory leadership contest is well and truly underway. No matter that everyone’s interested in the Labour result…

The ‘In’ and ‘Out’ EU referendum campaigns begin to take shape

19 June 2015 9:24

The campaigns to keep Britain ‘In’ or ‘Out’ of the EU are keen to begin their work. The Times today reveals details of…

Could a Tory peer convince the USA to stomach imported haggis?

14 January 2015 18:19

Tomorrow, parliament will debate a topic of immense significance. Steerpike hears that Tory peer Lord McColl is planning on championing…

Liz Truss

Tory detox mission continues as Liz Truss speaks softly to ‘Green Blob’

26 November 2014 17:43

One of the major themes of this year’s big Tory reshuffle was the attempt to detoxify certain policy areas where…

Is Owen Paterson hoping to become leader of the ‘Out’ camp in the 2017 referendum?

24 November 2014 15:36

There may well be a battle in Labour for the party’s soul, but the same is certainly true of the…

What to expect from Owen Paterson’s think-tank launch?

3 November 2014 15:29

Whatever could Owen Paterson be up to? The sacked Environment Secretary gave a punchy speech a few weeks back on…

Owen Paterson’s speech on abandoning the 2050 climate change targets – full text

15 October 2014 20:00

Tonight former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson gave the Global Warming Policy Foundation’s annual lecture. Here’s how he said we should go…

The Spectator’s portrait of the week

15 October 2014 19:58

Home Checks began at British airports for passengers who might have come from west Africa with Ebola fever (even though…

David Cameron shoots himself in the foot on the rural vote

14 October 2014 13:33

Police this week were granted the authority to carry out random, unannounced checks at the home of anyone who has…

Maria Eagle is talking nonsense about floods and climate change

11 August 2014 15:06

The Shadow Environment Secretary Maria Eagle headed off to Woking today, where she addressed an audience of environmentalists at WWF’s…

British farming cannot turn its back on the EU

30 July 2014 11:22

Much has been made of the political debate at the 2014 CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace. The attendance of…

Are Nigel Farage’s agricultural policies really ‘unrealistic and uncosted’?

23 July 2014 15:15

Much has been made of the reception that greeted Nigel Farage at the CLA Game Fair on Friday. The punters were far more…

David Cameron’s decision to sack Owen Paterson will send rural voters flooding to Ukip

22 July 2014 16:41

During Owen Paterson’s vocal conversation with David Cameron in defence of his record as Environment Minister after learning he was…

Can you help Owen Paterson?

21 July 2014 8:04

Mr S was sipping his breakfast tea when he saw this plea from deposed Cabinet minister Owen Paterson: I’m looking…

The carnival is over for the Notting Hill set

20 July 2014 13:34

It is the Sunday after the reshuffle before. Today’s papers are brimming with post reshuffle stories; and not of the…

Exclusive: Senior Tory backbenchers to push Cameron further on Europe

18 July 2014 16:11

Key eurosceptic MPs are planning to push David Cameron further on his plans for European reform next week, Coffee House…

Liz Truss

Liz Truss is no friend of Mr Badger

17 July 2014 9:11

What some people seem to forget is that Owen Paterson wasn’t (and Liz Truss isn’t) just Environment Secretary. As well…