Owen Paterson

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Owen Paterson

British Conservative Party politician and is the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs add

Category: Politics

Born in 1956.

Countries: United Kingdom (60%), Britain (13%), (13%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Member of parliament, Conservative Party (UK), John Redwood

Linked to: Conservative Party, Abberley Hall School, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, Radley College




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Owen Paterson was born in 1956 add something


Paterson negotiated an agreement with the Ulster Unionist Party to re-establish the traditional links between the two parties, which was broken in 1972 add something


He joined the British Leather Company in 1979, becoming Sales Director in 1983 and Managing Director from 1993 to 1999 add something


Paterson married Rose Ridley, the daughter of Matthew Ridley, 4th Viscount Ridley and sister of Matt Ridley in 1980 add something


He was a Director of Parsons and Sons leather company in Halesowen in the 1990s add something


Paterson contested, but failed to win, the Wrexham seat in the 1992 General Election add something


He is Member of Parliament for North Shropshire, being first elected at the 1997 General Election and has been returned at every General Election there since add something


Conservative Party (UK) - Since 1997, a debate has continued within the party between 'modernisers' such as Alan Duncan, who believe that the Conservatives should modify their public stances on social issues, and 'traditionalists' such as Liam Fox and Owen Paterson, who believe that the party should remain faithful to its traditional conservative platform


Paterson was appointed Shadow agriculture, Fisheries and Food Minister from 2003-05 add something


Paterson previously served as Shadow Minister for Transport from 2005-07 add something


He was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on 2 July 2007 add something


However the alliance caused the UUP's only MP Sylvia Hermon to resign from the UUP. Lady Hermon retained her seat successfully against the Ulster Conservatives and Unionists in the 2010 Westminster election add something


He was from May 2010 to September 2012 the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland add something


Paterson was appointed as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in The Coalition Government on 12 May 2010 add something


He was created a Privy Counsellor on 13 May 2010 add something


He stated in October 2010 that there's a school in Belfast with no pupils and there's a school in Belfast with more staff than pupils add something


Stewart Jackson - In the General Election held on 6 May 2010, Stewart Jackson increased his majority to 4,861 votes over the Labour candidate, Ed Murphy and was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in June 2010, a position he resigned from on 24 October 2011, after he voted against a three-line whip on an EU referendum


Paterson was appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in September 2012 add something


David Burrowes - In September 2012, Burrowes was made Parliamentary Private Secretary to Owen Paterson, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs


Paterson stated on BBC Radio 4's "Any Questions-" in June 2013 that "the temperature has not changed in the last 17 years add something


In February 2014, he suffered from a detached retina and required urgent surgery to prevent loss of sight in that eye add something


Paterson was succeeded by Elizabeth Truss as Environment Secretary on 15 July 2014 add something


In 2015 he joined John Redwood to found an internal pressure group Conservatives in Britain which took pride of place at the party conference in Manchester pledging on the fringe to strive for independence from European interventionism; it formed the backbone of the Conservative effort for Leave: "if there are individuals in the cabinet who are not happy with the deal, they should be allowed to campaign, he told the "Daily Telegraph", alluding perhaps to the real reason for his own resignation the previous year add something


Throughout 2016 he was campaigning hard for the referendum outcome setting out the reasons in his constituency for a decision to go-it-alone add something


On Sunday 26 June 2016 he spoke about his long friendship with colleague Sir Bill Cash MP, who has shared his career ambitions for Brexit add something


In January 2018 he fell from a horse while riding and broke 3 vertebrae in his back add something


In January 2019 it emerged that Paterson had received £39,000 of funding for overseas trips from the thinktank UK 2020, for which Paterson is the chairman and sole director add something