Owen Paterson

MP, North Shropshire

North Shropshire Conservative

Owen Paterson campaigned to leave the European Union

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Owen Paterson’s voting in Parliament

Owen Paterson is a Conservative MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Conservative MPs.

This is a selection of Owen Paterson’s votes.

  • Generally voted for encouraging occupational pensions Show votes
  • Generally voted for fewer MPs in the House of Commons Show votes
  • Generally voted against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability Show votes
  • Almost always voted for a wholly elected House of Lords Show votes
  • Consistently voted against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices Show votes
  • Generally voted for reducing central government funding of local government Show votes

We have lots more plain English analysis of Owen Paterson’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Owen Paterson’s full vote analysis page for more.

Owen Paterson has occasionally rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Recent appearances

  • Exiting the European Union 5 Sep 2016

    I congratulate my right hon. Friend on his appointment and wish him well in his historic task. Many industries and everyday activities depend on European regulation, but there is some uncertainty being stirred up about the future of the law. Further to his reply to the Chair of the European Scrutiny Committee, my hon. Friend the Member for Stone (Sir William Cash), can he confirm that the...
  • Outcome of the EU Referendum 27 Jun 2016

    May I thank the Prime Minister for giving the British people the opportunity to vote on this issue for the first time in decades, and may I thank those who voted to leave for giving me a remarkable birthday present on Friday? I also welcome the establishment of the new unit under the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. Does the Prime Minister intend to publish a White Paper on the next steps?
  • Previous Business – Commons: Select Committee 20 Apr 2016

    European Scrutiny: Transparency of EU Council Decision Making. 2:15 pm; Room 15, Palace of Westminster
    Witnesses: Professor Simon Hix, Harold Laski Professor of Political Science, London School of Economics Dr Sara Hagemann, Assistant Professor, European Institute, London School of Economics Rt Hon Sir Edward Davey Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP

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Conservative MP for North Shropshire

Entered the House of Commons on 1 May 1997 — General election


Topics of interest

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs
  • Northern Ireland
  • Transport
  • Health
  • Home Department
  • Badgers/Bovine TB
  • Bovine TB
  • Fisheries
  • Badgers
  • Avian Influenza

Other offices held in the past

  • The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (6 Sep 2012 to 15 Jul 2014)
  • The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (12 May 2010 to 6 Sep 2012)
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (3 Jul 2007 to 6 May 2010)
  • Shadow Minister (Transport) (10 Nov 2006 to 3 Jul 2007)
  • Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (1 Oct 2005 to 10 Nov 2006)
  • Opposition Whip (Commons) (1 Jun 2000 to 1 Jun 2001)
  • Member, Agriculture Committee (21 Feb 2000 to 11 May 2001)
  • Member, European Scrutiny Committee (26 Jul 1999 to 20 Nov 2000)
  • Member, Welsh Affairs Committee (14 Jul 1997 to 11 May 2001)

Previous MPs in this constituency

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)


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More about this

  • Has spoken in 15 debates in the last year — well below average amongst MPs. See all Owen Paterson’s speeches
  • Has received answers to 0 written questions in the last year — well below average amongst MPs.
  • Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a medium number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2015, according to constituents.
  • Has voted in 76.79% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
  • People have made 10 annotations on this MP’s speeches — above average amongst MPs.
  • This MP’s speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 16–17 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
  • 148 people are tracking this MP — email me updates on Owen Paterson’s activity
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 622 times in debates — well above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 5 Sep 2016.

1. Employment and earnings
Payments received in my role as consultant to Randox Laboratories Ltd, a clinical diagnostics company, of 55 Diamond Road, Crumlin, BT29 4QY. This role began on 1 August 2015 and I received my first payment on 9 September 2015 (see below). Until further notice I now expect to receive £4,166 a month, for an expected monthly commitment of 8 hours. I consulted the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments about this role. (Registered 07 October 2015)
9 September 2015, received payment of £17,121.40. Hours: 32 hrs. (Registered 07 October 2015)
3. Gifts, benefits and hospitality from UK sources
Name of donor: Randox Laboratories Ltd
Address of donor: 55 Diamond Road, Crumlin, BT29 4QY

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: Tickets and hotel accommodation for my wife and me at the Randox Polo International event at Gleneagles, value £440.

Date received: 5 September 2015

Date accepted: 5 September 2015

Donor status: company, registration no NI 15738

(Registered 07 October 2015)
Name of donor: UK 2020 Ltd
Address of donor: 55 Tufton Street, London SW1P 3QL

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: dinner with UK 2020 Ltd Advisors; value £362.54

Date received: 28 October 2015

Date accepted: 28 October 2015

Donor status: company, registration 09245454

(Registered 20 November 2015)
Name of donor: UK 2020 Ltd
Address of donor: America House, Rumford Court, Rumford Place, Liverpool L3 9DD

Amount of donation or nature of value if donation in kind: reimbursement for flights and other travel expenses, including two nights at a hotel during EU referendum campaign, value £1,713

Date received: 26 July 2016

Date accepted: 26 July 2016

Donor status: company, no 09245454

(Registered 18 August 2016)
4. Visits outside the UK
Name of donor: (1) UK 2020 Ltd (2) Cornell University
Address of donor: (1) 55 Tufton St, London SW1P 3QL (2) 409 College Ave, Ithaca, New York, 14850, USA

Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): (1) flights £2,639.50, meals and sundries £251.42; total £2,890.92 (2) flights £1,640.16, accommodation £131.18, meals and sundries 81.37; total £1,852.71. Combined total £4,743.63.

Destination of visit: Ithaca, New York, USA

Date of visit: 20-22 September 2015

Purpose of visit: to meet Cornell Alliance for Science team and its Global Leadership Program Fellows, deliver a university wide lecture, and meet staff from the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and other members of its faculty.

(Registered 15 October 2015)
6. Land and property portfolio: (i) value over £100,000 and/or (ii) giving rental income of over £10,000 a year
A share in buildings and agricultural land at Bunbury and Spurstow, Cheshire: (i) and (ii). (Updated 23 December 2014)
A share in buildings attached to my house near Ellesmere, Shropshire: (i) and (ii). (Updated 23 December 2014)
A share of a house in London from which rental income is received. (Registered 23 December 2014)
9. Family members employed and paid from parliamentary expenses
Until 31 October 2015, I employed my wife, Rose Paterson, as part-time Senior Parliamentary Assistant. (Updated 11 May 2016)

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