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Owen Paterson MP

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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  • = Key Development Thursday 3rd April
  • 17:46 PoliticsHome tweets: Env Sec Owen Paterson defends badger cull: "These were pilots set up to trial technique never undertaken anywhere before" #bbcpm

    Twitter | PoliticsHome Twitter source icon

    Env Sec Owen Paterson defends badger cull: "These were pilots set up to trial technique never undertaken anywhere before" #bbcpm

  • 14:42 Owen Paterson: Right to improve current badger culls before rolling out On air

    On Air | Owen Paterson MP | Secretary of State for Environ... | BBC News Video Owen Paterson MP

    Owen Paterson defended his decision not to extend the badger cull and said it was right to improve on the current pilots before rolling it out. "These are two pilots and they were originally designed to test the various practical needs o... Continue to article

  • 12:45 Defra WMS: Bovine TB Written Ministerial Statements

    12:45 | Written Ministerial Statements | PoliticsHome Written Ministerial Statements

    The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Mr Owen Paterson): With permission, Mr Speaker, I wish to make a statement on bovine tuberculosis. Today I am publishing the Government’s strategy for achieving officiall... Continue to article

  • 12:28 No nationwide roll out for badger cull - Paterson House of Commons

    No nationwide roll out for badger cull - Paterson House of Commons

    Plans to roll out the badger cull nationwide will be dropped but the pilot culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset will continue this year, the Environment Secretary has announced. Owen Paterson accepted that the two pilot culls did not ma... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 2nd April
  • 17:30 Flood prevention should be done locally - Paterson PoliticsHome News

    Flood prevention should be done locally - Paterson PoliticsHome News

    Expecting central government and the Environment Agency to pay for everything is not the solution to flooding, the Environment Secretary has said. Owen Paterson said that said that local drainage boards, landowners, farmers and local peo... Continue to article

  • 08:45 Andrew Miller: Government inconsistent on climate change On air

    On Air | Andrew Miller MP | | Today, BBC Radio 4 Video Andrew Miller MP

    Andrew Miller warned that the Government was sending mixed messages on climate science, and said there was a disparity between Number 10 and the departments. "Very simply, that the centre of government, Number 10, the machinery there, ac... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 28th March
  • 15:20 House of Commons Business House of Commons

    House of Commons Business House of Commons

    COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Northern Ireland questions 12 noon: Prime minister questions 12.30pm: Ten minute rule motion: Scotland (Independence) (Westminster Representation) Bill (Angus Brendan MacNeil, SNP, Na h-Eileanan an Iar) M... Continue to article

  • 11:26 House of Commons Business Commons Business

    11:26 | Commons Business | PoliticsHome Commons Business

    COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Northern Ireland questions 12 noon: Prime minister questions 12.30pm: Ten minute rule motion: Scotland (Independence) (Westminster Representation) Bill (Angus Brendan MacNeil, SNP, Na h-Eileanan an Iar) M... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 6th March
  • 10:26 Owen Paterson: Govt pouring huge amounts of money into flood protection On air

    On Air | Owen Paterson MP | Secretary of State for Environ... | BBC News Video Owen Paterson MP

    Owen Paterson insisted the Government was investing in flood protection.  "My view is that we want the Environment Agency to concentrate on the highly technical and often expensive projects, which have proved incredibly valuable in recen... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 3rd March
  • 12:22 Lobby:No 10: Diplomatic response the only option over Ukraine Lobby Briefings

    12:22 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    Downing Street has stressed that a military response to Russia’s incursion into Ukraine is not on the table. The Prime Minister’s spokesman said this morning that only “peaceful and diplomatic” options were being considered at the time.... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 28th February
  • 16:05 In Brief Events

    16:05 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Prime minister David Cameron chairs a National Security Council meeting on Ukraine (15.00) Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg meets the EU digital agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes Business secretary Vince Cable speaks at the National Un... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 26th February
  • 16:40 Lobby:No 10: Northern Ireland Secretary will meet First Minister Lobby Briefings

    16:40 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    Downing Street confirmed that Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers will meet with First Minister Peter Robinson after he threatened to resign over the collapse of the Hyde Park bombing case. The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 25th February
  • 18:45 Guardian: Statistics watchdog contradicts government claims over flood spending News

    News | The Guardian source icon

    * Flooding * Owen Paterson Rowena Mason theguardian.com © 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditi... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 24th February
  • 12:01 Lobby:No 10: Cameron will continue to meet with Salmond Lobby Briefings

    12:01 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    Downing Street explained the Prime Minister's decision not to meet and debate with Alex Salmond in Scotland today, despite both men being in the country. The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman said: "This is a debate and a vote amongst ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Friday 21st February
  • 16:08 In Brief Events

    16:08 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Prime minister David Cameron meets with German chancellor Angela Merkel at Downing Street and addresses UK Parliament Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg delivers a speech in Kent on supporting young people, where he is expected to unveil a... Continue to article

  • 16:02 In Brief Events

    16:02 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Education secretary Michael Gove meets anti-FGM campaigner Fahma Mohamed Foreign secretary William Hague visits Washington D.C. Business minister Michael Fallon speaks the Aerospace Growth Partnership Conference in London (13.35) C... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 17th February
  • 14:10 Dot Commons: Owen Paterson, floating voter Dot Commons

    PoliticsHome

    No mistaking the point Greenpeace was trying to make here.  Breaking: He's up the creek without a paddle! Owen Paterson on the Thames outside Parliament http://t.co/TK8taGTqRG pic.twitter.com/EZ1mTgdWpB — Greenpeace UK (@GreenpeaceUK) F...

  • = Key Development Thursday 13th February
  • 15:39 First meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Flooding Press Release

    15:39| Press Release

    The first meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Flooding was chaired today by the Prime Minister David Cameron.   The new Committee was set up by the Prime Minister earlier this week to coordinate strategic long-term plans on flood recovery a... Continue to article

  • 09:48 MPs clash over climate change spending House of Commons

    MPs clash over climate change spending House of Commons

    Government ministers clashed with Labour over the amount of money dedicated to tackling climate change as the extreme weather continued to cause havoc across the UK. Environment minister Dan Rogerson insisted spending on mitigation and a... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 10th February
  • 23:01 Chris Smith: Retreat from some areas of coast to better protect inland from flooding On air

    On Air | Lord Smith | Chairman, Environment Agency | Newsnight, BBC Two Video Lord Smith

    Chris Smith said the Environment Agency should retreat from some areas of coast to better protect areas further inland. "There are some places particularly on the coast where it makes sense to retreat so we can protect more strongly. I d... Continue to article

  • 16:14 Natalie Bennett: Paterson must be sacked because he doesn't understand climate change On air

    On Air | Natalie Bennett | Green party leader | BBC News Video Natalie Bennett

    Natalie Bennett said the Environment Secretary Owen Paterson should be sacked because he "clearly doesn't" understand the reality of climate change and flooding. "The generally agreed figure is that this government has cut spending on fl... Continue to article

  • 12:05 Lobby:No 10: No difference between Pickles and Paterson Lobby Briefings

    12:05 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    Downing Street palyed down reports of a rift between Owen Paterson and Eric Pickles over the Government's response to flooding in Somerset. The Prime Minister's Offical Spokesman said: "I don't think there's a difference between Eric Pic... Continue to article

  • 00:13 Vicki Young tweets: My colleague Roger Harrabin reporting that Owen Paterson has complained to the PM about Eric Pickles. #BBCRadio4

    Twitter | Vicki Young Twitter source icon

    My colleague Roger Harrabin reporting that Owen Paterson has complained to the PM about Eric Pickles. #BBCRadio4

  • = Key Development Sunday 9th February
  • 10:43 Diana Johnson tweets: PM & Owen Paterson have blocked an increase in cost of gun licence fixed since 2001 with police subsidising by £17million. #sparegunsubsidy

    Twitter | Diana Johnson Twitter source icon

    PM & Owen Paterson have blocked an increase in cost of gun licence fixed since 2001 with police subsidising by £17million. #sparegunsubsidy

  • = Key Development Thursday 6th February
  • 12:05 Govt pledges extra £130m for flooding repairs House of Commons

    Govt pledges extra £130m for flooding repairs House of Commons

    Eric Pickles has pledged a further £30m in emergency funds to repair flood defences, on top of the £100m unveiled by the Prime Minister yesterday. Updating MPs on the Government's response to the flooding that has plagued the South West ... Continue to article

  • 10:36 David Cameron: Govt has been proactive in responding to floods On air

    On Air | David Cameron MP | Prime Minister | BBC Radio Manchester Video David Cameron MP

    David Cameron defended the Government’s preparations in advance of the recent flooding. “We have been very proactive; we have an emergency planning system in government called COBRA which we called on straightaway and we’ve been planning... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Tuesday 4th February
  • 13:00 Lobby:No 10: Lord Smith providing important leadership at EA Lobby Briefings

    13:00 | Lobby Briefings | PoliticsHome Lobby Briefings

    Downing St today offered strong backing for Lord Smith's leadership of the Environment Agency "Lord Smith is providing important leadership to the Environment Agency. The Environment Agency is working with other parts of Government, local... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 3rd February
  • 15:28 Flooding victims 'badly let down' by Government - Eagle House of Commons

    Flooding victims 'badly let down' by Government - Eagle House of Commons

    Maria Eagle has accused the Government of “badly letting down” Somerset residents in their response to the flooding crisis over the last two months. In an Urgent Question to Environment Secretary Owen Paterson, the Shadow Environment Sec... Continue to article

  • 15:11 Maria Eagle: Govt response to flooding crisis unclear On air

    On Air | Maria Eagle MP | Shadow Environment Secretary | BBC News Video Maria Eagle MP

    Maria Eagle said the Government's approach to dealing with the flooding across Somerset and elsewhere in the UK was unclear and urged Environment Secretary Owen Paterson to give the House a full statement on how the Government aims to deal ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 2nd February
  • 11:20 David Heath: Owen Paterson and Environment Agency are working extremely hard On air

    On Air | David Heath MP | DEFRA minister | Murnaghan, Sky News Video David Heath MP

    David Heath defended Owen Paterson and the Environment Agency's response to the floods in the Somerset Levels. "To be fair to him I know Cobra has been meeting regularly. What is most important from last Wednesday is when I and my collea... Continue to article

  • 10:08 Maria Eagle: Paterson has lost grip on flooding crisis On air

    On Air | Maria Eagle MP | Shadow Environment Secretary | Murnaghan, Sky News Video Maria Eagle MP

    Maria Eagle said Owen Paterson had lost grip of the flooding crisis. “The reality is that when he came into the department, he removed flood protection from the priorities of the department and we’re seeing the consequences. And the fact... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Thursday 30th January
  • 23:30 Clarke blasts flooding 'lynch mob' PoliticsHome News

    Clarke blasts flooding 'lynch mob' PoliticsHome News

    Ken Clarke has hit out at what he called the “lynch mob stuff” around the recent flooding in Somerset. The Government and Environment Agency have come in for sharp criticism for the response to the adverse weather and for failing to pre... Continue to article

  • 19:29 Maria Eagle: Floods have shown Paterson out of his depth On air

    On Air | Maria Eagle MP | Shadow Environment Secretary | Sky News Video Maria Eagle MP

    Maria Eagle criticised the Government’s handling of the flooding in Somerset and accused the Environment Secretary of being “out of his depth”. “I think some of the measures to alleviate the problems people living in the Somerset Levels ... Continue to article

  • 19:29 Owen Paterson: Flooding has been appalling for those affected On air

    On Air | Owen Paterson MP | Secretary of State for Environ... | Sky News Video Owen Paterson MP

    Owen Paterson said the recent flooding in Somerset had been “absolutely appalling” for those affected and that he had taken action to demand a 20-year plan to tackle the problem. “Obviously I feel very deeply for everybody who’s been flo... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Wednesday 29th January
  • 19:40 Owen Paterson: MoD specialist vehicles to help with Somerset floods On air

    On Air | Owen Paterson MP | Secretary of State for Environ... | Pooled Clip Video Owen Paterson MP

    Owen Paterson revealed government plans to draft in the Army to help deal with flooding in Somerset. “We had a very constructive discussion with Somerset County Council who have asked for assistance today and as we speak the Ministry of ... Continue to article

  • 15:15 Maria Eagle: Owen Paterson doesn't seem to take flooding seriously On air

    On Air | Maria Eagle MP | Shadow Environment Secretary | BBC News Video Maria Eagle MP

    Maria Eagle said the fact David Cameron had intervened to pledge that rivers in Somerset would be dredged as soon as possible showed Owen Paterson had not been treating the issue with sufficient urgency. “I do welcome the fact that he’s ... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Monday 27th January
  • 15:49 In Brief Events

    15:49 | Events | PoliticsHome Events

    Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has announced that the UK will provide refuge to vulnerable Syrian refugees   Communities secretary Eric Pickles is expected to make an announcement on supporting local economies, high streets and enterpr... Continue to article

  • 15:45 House of Lords Business Lords Business

    15:45 | Lords Business | PoliticsHome Lords Business

    LORDS CHAMBER 2.30pm:  Oral questions, to ask the government: - What recent discussions they have had with local authorities about the costs associated with implementing the under-occupancy charge (Baroness Quin, Lab) - What arrange... Continue to article

  • 12:01 Owen Paterson: We are working on flood plan for next 20 years On air

    On Air | Owen Paterson MP | Secretary of State for Environ... | BBC News Video Owen Paterson MP

    Owen Paterson said he was working on a plan to prevent flooding in Somerset for decades to come. "I’ve come down here in person. I had a very good meeting last night with representatives of local farmers...and real experts who understand... Continue to article

  • = Key Development Sunday 5th January
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  • = Key Development Thursday 2nd January
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  • = Key Development Wednesday 1st January
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  • = Key Development Monday 30th December
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  • = Key Development Thursday 12th December
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  • = Key Development Friday 6th December
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  • = Key Development Tuesday 3rd December
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  • = Key Development Thursday 28th November
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Environment Secretary claims positive side of climate change

The Environment Secretary has used a fringe event at the Conservative party conference to highlight what he says are the positive effects of climate change.

Speaking at the Guardian fringe, Owen Paterson said it there would be a "relief" from a new UN report showing there was a 95% certainty that humans were causing climate change.

"The relief of this latest report is that it shows a really quite modest increase, half of which has already happened. They are talking one to two and a half degrees," he said.

Mr Paterson highlighted deaths in cold winter, which he said would reduce if climate change made weather in Britain warmer.

"Remember that for humans, the biggest cause of death is cold in winter, far bigger than heat in summer. It would also lead to longer growing seasons and you could extend growing a little further north into some of the colder areas," he explained.

The Environment Secretary's comments are at odds with scientific opinion, as the consensus view is that climate change will lead to more severe winters in the UK.


Sinn Fein MPs have been invited to 'write their own oath' in an attempt to persuade them to take up their seats in Parliament. The party has previously boycotted Westminster with its MPs refusing to take the oath of allegiance to the Queen.


The British government has been speaking to dissident republicans, according to Northern Ireland's deputy first minister Martin McGuinness. Northern Ireland secretary of state Owen Paterson recently denied claims the government wanted discussions with dissidents.


Police officer killed in NI bomb blast

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson said that "every party and every politician is united in condemnation" of the murder of Ronan Kerr, a 25-year-old Catholic police officer in Omagh, Northern Ireland yesterday.

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams said: “there’s no sense to it, there’s no merit in it, there’s no point to it, and they should stop – and stop now”.

SDLP leader Margaret Ritchie said those who committed the bombing were "enemies of Ireland both North and South".

Earlier Owen Paterson condemned the murder as “senseless”, “pointless” and “revolting”. The Northern Ireland Secretary told Sky News a “significant number” of events had been thwarted and the Government were determined to bear down on terrorists.


“We are not going to be diverted. This was a revolting, disgusting crime. It will achieve absolutely nothing”. David Cameron yesterday called the attack "wicked and cowardly", while Labour leader Ed Miliband decribed the bombing as an "appalling outrage". Although no group has taken responsibility for the attack, suspicion has fallen on dissident Republicans.


Sir Hugh Orde has said that officer Ronan Kerr represented "the new police service in Ireland that is determined to keep all communities safe, and it will absolutely continue to do that”.


Saville report awaited

Northern Ireland secretary Owen Patterson has received his copy of the report into the Bloody Sunday shootings at a civil rights march in Londonderry in 1972, after an inquiry was set up to re-examine the 13 deaths following claims the original investogation was a "whitewash". The report to be published on Tuesday afternoon is the result of a 12-year inquiry led by Lord Saville costing around £195m.


Nick Clegg and David Cameron have allowed for Liberal Democrat and Conservative MPs to work together on a joint policy prospectus for the coalition in the second half of this parliament.


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