Owen Paterson

Conservative MP for North Shropshire

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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.

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  • Owen Paterson generally voted for a wholly elected House of Lords, while most Conservative MPs generally voted against. Show votes

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Recent appearances

  • Business of the House: Principles of Democracy and the Rights of the Electorate 26 Sep 2019

    It is a great pleasure to follow my near neighbour from Wrexham, though sadly in the time available I will not pick up his points. I would like to pick up on the early intervention by the hon. Member for Bridgend (Mrs Moon), who mentioned an horrific attack this afternoon using the word “fascist”. I must sadly remind her that there is balance on both sides. I am a member of the European...
  • Business of the House: Principles of Democracy and the Rights of the Electorate 26 Sep 2019

    Totally understood. The hon. Lady reported this horrendous and completely unacceptable incident. I was making the point that all of us should watch our language, but sadly one of her colleagues compared the ERG to Nazis. If you google “ERG fascists”, you get 227,000 results, and if you google “ERG extremists”, you get 176,000. We in the ERG would like a system of government where...
  • Business of the House: Principles of Democracy and the Rights of the Electorate 26 Sep 2019

    I entirely endorse what my hon. Friend says. People come up to me the whole time. The words that I get so frequently are, “Just get on with it.” Let us take up an earlier intervention. We are talking about normalisation. Our sales of goods and services are a bit over 13%. It is inconceivable that, even if we did have no deal—do not forget that on page 36 of our manifesto, we said that,...

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Conservative MP for North Shropshire

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

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Topics of interest

Owen Paterson campaigned to leave the European Union Source: BBC

  • 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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  • Has spoken in 42 debates in the last year — 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 84.15% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
  • This MP’s speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 16–17 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
  • 132 people are tracking this MP — email me updates on Owen Paterson’s activity
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 683 times in debates — well above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 30 Sep 2019.

1. Employment and earnings
From 1 August 2015 until further notice, Consultant to Randox Laboratories Ltd, a clinical diagnostics company, of 55 Diamond Road, Crumlin BT29 4QY. I consulted the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments about this role. From 20 April 2017, I expect to receive £8,333 a month for a monthly commitment of 16 hours. (Registered 07 October 2015; updated 26 April 2017)
From 14 December 2016, consultant to Lynn’s Country Foods Ltd, a processor and distributor of sausages in the United Kingdom, of Down Business Park, 46 Belfast Road, Downpatrick BT30 9UP. Until further notice I expect to receive £2,000 for 4 hrs every other month (24 hrs a year) to a total of £12,000 per annum. First payment received on 25 January 2017. (Registered 27 January 2017; updated 22 February 2017)
From 1 January 2018 until further notice, consultant to Hi-Peak Feeds Ltd, suppliers of animal feeds, of Sheffield Road, Killamarsh, Sheffield S21 1ED (part of the Devenish Nutrition Group). I expect to receive £4,166 a month for a monthly commitment of 8 hours. (Registered 25 January 2018)
28 March 2019, received £3,561 from Champions (UK) PLC, Barrington House, Leake Road, Costock, Loughborough LE12 6XA for participation in a panel debate at the Husayn Summit 2019 on 2 March 2019. Travel also provided. Hours: 8 hrs in total. (Registered 28 March 2019)
4. Visits outside the UK
Name of donor: UK2020 Ltd
Address of donor: America House, Rumford Court, Rumford Place, Liverpool L3 9DD

Estimate of the probable value (or amount of any donation): flights £6,730; accommodation £730; expenses and hospitality £794; total value £8,254

Destination of visit: Washington DC, USA

Dates of visit: 16-22 September 2018

Purpose of visit: Keynote speaker at event hosted by Heritage Foundation. Attended meetings on Capitol Hill.

(Registered 17 October 2018)
Name of donor: (i) UK 2020 Ltd; (ii) Chickasaw Nation; (iii) E Foundation;
(iv) Institute of Economic Affairs; (v) White House Writers’ Group; (vi) Syngenta; (vii) Mr Tucker Link

Address of donor: (i) America House, Rumford Court, Rumford Place, Liverpool L3 9DD;

(ii) 2020 Lonnie Abbott Blvd, Ada, OK 74820, USA;

(iii) 2 E California Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73104, USA;

(iv) 2 Lord North Street, London SW1P 3LB;

(v) 1025 Thomas Jefferson St NW #110g, Washington DC 20007, USA;

(vi) 1775 Pennsylvania Ave NW #600, Washington DC 20006, USA;

(vii) private

Estimate of the probable value (or amount of any donation):

Flights/travel: (i) £4,187; (ii) £4,052

Accommodation: (i) £570; (iii) £307

Expenses and hospitality: (i) £176; (iii) £195; (iv) £84; (v) £31; (vi) £31; (vii) £39

Destination of visit: Washington DC, and Oklahoma City, OK, USA

Dates of visit: 14-19 November 2018

Purpose of visit: Attended meetings on Capitol Hill in Washington. Attended meetings in Oklahoma State Capital and Oklahoma State University.

(Registered 12 December 2018)
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: (i). (Registered 23 December 2014; updated 24 November 2016 and 21 February 2017)
8. Miscellaneous
Until 20 June 2019, unpaid Chairman of UK2020 Ltd, a company limited by guarantee, which is a political think tank. The company met my expenses associated with speaking engagements for it. (Registered 26 August 2016; updated 16 July 2019)

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