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There may well be a battle in Labour for the party’s soul, but the same is certainly true of the Tory party. Owen Paterson’s speech today to Business for Britain… Continue reading The post Is Owen Pat... Continue to article
Owen Paterson set out his vision for the future of Britain’s relationship with the EU, suggesting that the political element of the agreement should be abandoned. “The British people have been lied to for decades that this was always ... Continue to article
Owen Paterson, Business for Britain: AN OPTIMISTIC VISION OF A POST-EU UNITED KINGDOM Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP 24 November 2014 'Ideas Space' London SW1 I. INTRODUCTORY REMARKS What a pleasure it is to be with Business for Britain today. So... Continue to article
Whatever could Owen Paterson be up to? The sacked Environment Secretary gave a punchy speech a few weeks back on climate change. Continue to article
Today’s Home Office report which found "no obvious" link between tough laws and levels of illegal drug use offers “an open door” to drug policy reform, Caroline Lucas has said. Appearing on BBC’s Question Time programme, the Green MP, w... Continue to article
Owen Paterson said the Government was “unwise” to stick to the targets in the Climate Change Act. “What I’ve suggested is, as we’re the only country that has bound itself legally to its targets, we should actually suspend the Act until w... Continue to article
Lord Turner quibbled with Owen Paterson's suggestion that the Climate Change Act had bound the Government to renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. “I think it’s important to stick with the Climate Change Act. I think it’s prov... Continue to article
Tonight former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson gave the Global Warming Policy Foundation’s annual lecture. Here’s how he said we should go about ‘Keeping the Lights On’. Continue to article
Owen Paterson said the Conservatives should be respectful towards those voters flirting with Ukip. "We have to be absolutely clear to those small c conservatives out there, who may be sitting back at the moment, some of them might be min... Continue to article
The British people are fed up with business as usual. They’re fed up of being told the economy is growing again when their wages and living standards are not. They’re fed up of zero hours contracts, the necessity for foodbanks, the cal... Continue to article
Owen Paterson said it was unacceptable that the Scottish parliament are set to be granted new tax raising powers whilst still receiving a block grant from Westminster via the Barnett formula. “These promises of extensive new powers we... Continue to article
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.
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”.
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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