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ENG: Owen William Paterson (born 24 June 1956) is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs since 2012 and the Member of Parliament (MP) for North Shropshire since 1997. He was first appointed to the Shadow Cabinet of David Cameron in 2007 as Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. Upon the formation of the Coalition Government in 2010 he was appointed to the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, where he remained until being moved to DEFRA in 2012. Political career Paterson contested, but failed to win, the Wrexham seat in the 1992 General Election. He is Member of Parliament for North Shropshire, being first elected at the 1997 General Election and has been returned at every General ...
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Owen Paterson: The 'unknown Cabinet minister’ has ...

... a fight on his hands Owen Paterson, a countryman and trenchant Eurosceptic, is uniquely qualified to head the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Congratulations to all those green campaigners who were quick to spot what could turn out to be the most significant of all the new appointments in last week’s ministerial reshuffle. While media attention was largely focused elsewhere, all the usual suspects, from the BBC to The Guardian, were seething with indignation over David Cameron’s surprising choice of Owen Paterson, the “unknown Cabinet ...

Owen Paterson becomes new Environment Secretary

Climate change skeptic Owen Paterson has been promoted to be the new Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Mr Paterson, who is a staunch right-winger, has previously voiced support for for 'fracking' - the extraction of shale gas - and has voiced opposition to wind farms. His appointment alarmed green campaigners. In a recent speech, Mr Paterson praised Britain’s shale gas reserves as “one unexpected and potentially huge windfall.” He praised America and its “can do culture” for taking full advantage of its ...

Paterson urged to work with parties

Northern Ireland Secretary of State Owen Paterson should work closely with Stormont parties, rather than launching criticisms at them from a distance, the DUP has said. After Mr Paterson launched a public consultation on the future shape of the Assembly, DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds said it was unlikely to shed new light on the subject. The North Belfast MP said reforms required agreement between Stormont parties, but said Mr Paterson was failing to build relations with them. Read more: Belfast Telegraph (14 August 2012)

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Owen's Column on BT, Openreach and Broadband
Owen's Column on BT, Openreach and Broadband administrator Thu, 01/09/2016 - 14:16 Thursday, 18 August, 2016 Every week, I receive many letters and emails from my constituents telling me about the broadband coverage in their area. Time and again, I learn of slow, unreliable services across north Shropshire. Broadband is no longer a luxury, but an essential utility, as central to our lives as water, electricity and roads. Its role will only increase in the future, as more smart technologies rely upon it, calling for serious consideration of how our network is structured and run. For the last decade, the approach has been to regulate the dominant provider – Openreach – as a fully-owned subsidiary of BT and spend increasing public money on rural and poorly-served areas. This arrangement has been slow and ineffective. Instead, we need a bold new strategy which separates Openreach from its parent company and gives it the freedom to co-ordinate and develop t
The UK can lead the way in helping to save elephants
The UK can lead the way in helping to save elephants administrator Sun, 18/09/2016 - 17:13 Sunday, 18 September, 2016 The Telegraph Online Britain can lead the way in helping to save elephants by Owen Paterson http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/21/britain-can-lead-the-way-in-… We lose an elephant every fifteen minutes. Their population has fallen by almost a third since 2007. Whichever way you put the numbers, the decline in Africa’s elephants over the last nine years is utterly shocking. The Great Elephant Census, published in August, found only 352,271 Savannah elephants across the 8 countries surveyed.  This alarming decline is the direct result of rising demand for ivory. In recent years, I have visited Kenya and South Africa; the shocking sight and stench of recently magnificent elephants and rhinos turned into horrendous rotting carcasses, swarming with clouds of flies still disgusts me. There is a rational argument that the answer to deman
Owen's Column on the Economy
Owen's Column on the Economy administrator Thu, 01/09/2016 - 14:13 Thursday, 1 September, 2016 Next week Parliament returns from its summer recess.  There is plenty to do and I start the upcoming session feeling both positive and optimistic thanks to economic figures released this month. Before the referendum in June, we were bombarded by Project Fear, full of unrelenting doom and gloomy predictions should the United Kingdom vote to leave the European Union.  Following the referendum result, these predictions are now being proven false. Economists had predicted an immediate rise in numbers claiming unemployment benefit. Instead, the latest figures show that there was a drop of 8,600 in the number of claimants. The national claimant rate in July dropped to 2.4% and North Shropshire can boast a rate, lower than the national average, of only 1.4%. The employment rate is now 74.5% – the highest since records began in 1971. The British economy is faring wel
Acquis Communautaire
Acquis Communautaire administrator Tue, 04/10/2016 - 09:35 Tuesday, 13 September, 2016 The Brexit negotiation process is going to require significant expertise and a consistent approach following the successful result of the referendum in June, when 17.4 million people voted to Leave the European Union. Operation Uncertainty has replaced Operation Fear as those who are unhappy with the referendum result seek to stress the difficulties of delivering this democratic decision. We can counter this by settling important questions concerning the process. For example one major factor going forward is continuity regarding the law. The European Communities Act 1972 gave legal effect to European law. Since then we have incorporated the Acquis Communautaire into our legal system, which is the accumulated body of EU law and obligations from 1958 to the present day. It comprises all the EU's treaties and laws, directives, regulations, decisions, declarations, resolutio

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