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The Right Honourable
Owen Paterson
MP
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
In office
4 September 2012 â€“ 14 July 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Caroline Spelman
Succeeded by Liz Truss
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
In office
12 May 2010 â€“ 4 September 2012
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Shaun Woodward
Succeeded by Theresa Villiers
Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
In office
2 July 2007 â€“ 11 May 2010
Leader David Cameron
Preceded by David Lidington
Succeeded by Shaun Woodward
Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition
In office
13 September 2001 â€“ 6 November 2003
Alongside Alistair Burt (2002-03)
Leader Iain Duncan Smith
Preceded by John Whittingdale
Succeeded by Alistair Burt
Member of Parliament
for North Shropshire
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 May 1997
Preceded by John Biffen
Majority 15,828 (30.5%)
Personal details
Born Owen William Paterson
(1956-06-24) 24 June 1956 (age 60)
Whitchurch, England
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Rose Ridley
Children Felix
Ned
Evie
Alma mater Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
University of Northampton
Religion Anglicanism
Website owenpaterson.org

No one is more keen than me to see the Hunting Act repealed, because I believe in the management of wildlife.
Owen Paterson
Government can wreck a business by confiscating its money by taxation.
The relationship between renewable energy sources and the communities we expect to host them must be appropriate and sustainable and, above all, acceptable to local people.
Owen Paterson
Climate change is obviously happening and there is obviously a man-made contribution.
Owen Paterson
One thing I have been banging on about, we have a dessert deficit in the U.K. We still import a very large proportion of our desserts. I would ask everyone to go out and buy a British dessert.
Owen Paterson
We have to use every tool at our disposal and that's why we're trialing a badger cull. We need healthy wildlife living alongside healthy cattle. Only if we work to eradicate the reservoir of TB in our badgers, will we have the strong and prosperous dairy industry the public wishes to see.
Owen Paterson
I was perhaps about 10 years old when a local farmer rang us up to say he had found a young badger and would we take it in. So we did; it was a female called Bessy and she lived in the boiler room. She was extremely intelligent, had a very low opinion of cats but loved the dogs. She was pretty well trained; she went in the car.
Owen Paterson