Owen Paterson

MP, North Shropshire

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North Shropshire Conservative

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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Last updated: 12 Sep 2018

Recent appearances

  • Brexit Negotiations and No Deal Contingency Planning 4 Sep 2018

    There is currently a border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: a currency border, a tax border, an excise border and, very importantly, a security border. That all works very satisfactorily with good co-operation and modern technology. Could the Secretary of State explain which areas of cross-border activity cannot be solved by a further extension of modern technologies?
  • Eu: Future Relationship White Paper 12 Jul 2018

    Paragraph 7 of chapter 1 of the White Paper states that the UK’s proposal is to “maintain a common rulebook for goods, including agri-food”. Lobbyists estimate that there are currently 170,000 pages of the acquis communautaire. How many of those pages will have to be re-legislated back into UK law and, once they are there, will they ever be amendable?
  • Leaving the EU 9 Jul 2018

    The announcement that the Government are preparing for a no deal—an inaccurate term for moving to WTO terms, on which we trade with the vast majority of countries in the world—is very welcome and sensible. Given the intransigence and churlishness with which the EU has welcomed the Prime Minister’s generous offers so far, what is the date by which she judges it will be a...

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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 21 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 76.15% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — below 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.
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  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 656 times in debates — well above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 10 Sep 2018.

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)
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: Dinner for my wife and me at the Randox Polo International event at Gleneagles, Scotland, value £240; ticket for polo match and afternoon tea value £60; total £300

Date received: 9 September 2017

Date accepted: 9 September 2017

Donor status: company, registration NI 15738

(Registered 03 October 2017)
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: Dinner for two nights at the Randox Polo event at Bushmills, Northern Ireland, value £260; ticket for polo match and afternoon tea value £30; estimated equivalent accommodation cost for two nights, value £250; total £540

Date received: 15-16 September 2017

Date accepted: 15 September 2017

Donor status: company, registration NI 15738

(Registered 03 October 2017)
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 £2,958; accommodation £1,331; expenses and hospitality £1,118; total value £5,407

Destination of visit: Washington DC, USA

Date of visit: 3 - 9 October 2017

Purpose of visit: Keynote speaker at events hosted individually by the White House Writers Group, Heritage Foundation, Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington and meetings on Capitol Hill.

(Registered 31 October 2017)
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
Unpaid Chairman of UK2020 Ltd, a company limited by guarantee, which is a political think tank. The company meets my expenses associated with speaking engagements for it. (Registered 26 August 2016)

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