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Owen Paterson paid tribute to the people who worked throughout the night following yesterday's storm and warned there would still be high tides. "Conditions like this only occur in some places every 500 years, so it's good that over 800,... Continue to article
As we know, David Cameron has taken a merry band of ministers with him on his trip to China. Jeremy Hunt, Owen Paterson, Maria Miller, David Willetts, Ian Livingston, and Hugo Swire were all on board the chartered flight, while even the ...
Words: Paul Waugh Pictures: Paul Heartfield “It’s very exciting, I’m really enjoying it. There’s a lot of noise, but in politics you want to be where the noise is, don’t you? You don’t want to go where it’s all quiet.” Ed Da... Continue to article
Words: Jess Bowie Pictures: Paul Heartfield Kevin Spacey might be taken aback if he saw Lord Ridley’s office on Millbank. The Hollywood actor often has cause to call the phone in this room – which is so plainly decorated it feel... Continue to article
Owen Paterson acknowledged that the Government had not delivered on every one of its environmental pledges, but said overall it had made progress. “I’ve constantly said that the need to grow the economy and to improve the environment are... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron and business secretary Vince Cable are expected to make an announcement on start up loans Business secretary Vince Cable (16.00) and shadow universities minister Liam Byrne (11.00) speak at the Association of... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Foreign affairs questions (topicals at 12.15pm) 12.30pm: Ten minute rule motion: Licensed Hackney carriages and private hire vehicles (Closed circuit television) Bill (Richard Fuller, Con, Bedford) Main busi... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield Owen Paterson is a man on a mission. A trade mission, in fact. At food fairs in Moscow or Shanghai or New York, he’s the embodiment of the PM’s determination to get every Whitehall department... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: International development questions (topicals at 11.53am) 12.00 noon: Prime minister’s questions Presentation of bill: Counsellors and Psychotherapists (Regulation) Bill (Geraint Davies, Lab, Swansea West) ... Continue to article
Owen Paterson insisted the Government would not employ any unsafe or inhumane methods to cull badgers in its drive to wipe out TB in cattle. "If you read our strategy, which sets out a whole range of proposals for reducing this terrible ... Continue to article
Zac Goldsmith hit out at Environment Secretary Owen Paterson for labelling opponents of the ‘golden rice’ genetically-modified crop “wicked”. “The golden rice issue which he’s talking about is an absolute red herring. I say it’s a Philip... Continue to article
My week started with a return to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, for a reunion 30 years on. Simon Heffer interviewed Owen Paterson about his life and work. Naturally, we were assailed by GM foods and badgers, but also about how he s... Continue to article
Environment Sec Owen Paterson confirms govt exploring possibility of gassing badgers, reports @BBCMattCole
Owen Paterson defended his claim 'the badgers moved the goalposts' and said "I was stating something that was screamingly obvious". The Secretary of State for Environment made the comment in response to a question from Labour's Angela Sm... Continue to article
Owen Paterson said he is "completely satisfied" that the badger culls have been set up in a safe, humane and effective way. "I’m completely satisfied these culls have been set up to establish the safety, the humaneness and the effective... Continue to article
Owen Paterson said Labour had done nothing about bovine TB while it was in power and that the cull had been a success. "You’re dealing with a wild animal here. Wild animal populations go up and down affected by the weather and I think by... Continue to article
Maria Eagle argued extending the length of the Government's badger cull pilots following the failure to achieve the targeted level of kills could exacerbate the spread of bovine TB. “I think first of all, Owen Paterson needs to come to t... Continue to article
Ed Davey has praised Liberal Democrats for protecting the green agenda against the “stone-age” elements of their coalition colleagues. In his keynote address to the party’s annual conference in Glasgow, the Energy Secretary put up a st... Continue to article
Ed Davey having a go at Owen Paterson, Eric Pickles and Michael Gove over climate change. Of course Tories will have last word at conference
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.
06/12/2013 on Sky News
19/11/2013 on Today, BBC Radio 4
29/10/2013 on The World at One, BBC Radio 4
Summaries and transcripts from TV and radio
4 hours ago on Newsnight, BBC Two
5 hours ago on Newsnight, BBC Two
10/12/2013 on BBC News