Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP

Biography

Owen Paterson was appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in September 2012. He is the Conservative MP for North Shropshire.

Education

Owen was educated at Radley College, Abingdon and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge where he studied history.

Political career

Owen held several posts while in opposition, including Shadow Minister for Transport from 2005 to 2007 and Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from 2007 to 2010. He was Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from May 2010 to September 2012.

Career outside politics

He joined the British Leather Company in 1979, becoming Sales Director in 1983 and Managing Director in 1993.

Personal life

Owen is married with 3 children.

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Responsibilities include:

  • EU and international relations
  • emergencies
  • climate change
  • Common Agricultural Policy reform
  • biodiversity

Previous roles in government

  1. Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

    • 2010 to 2012

Announcements

by The Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP

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  1. Leeds flood defence construction starts

    • 24 April 2014
    • Press release
  2. Major sea defence construction starts

    • 10 April 2014
    • Press release
  3. £300 million savings for business from better regulation

    • 10 April 2014
    • News story
  4. Plans to eradicate bovine TB in England unveiled

    • 3 April 2014
    • Press release
  5. New action plan to protect Somerset from flooding

    • 6 March 2014
    • Press release
  6. Statement on Owen Paterson

    • 5 February 2014
    • Press release
  7. Owen Paterson speech to British Retail Consortium

    • 29 January 2014
    • Speech
  8. Owen Paterson speech at EuropaBio

    • 22 January 2014
    • Speech
  9. Andrew Sells Appointed Chairman of Natural England

    • 9 January 2014
    • Press release
  10. Cuts to red tape to save farmers and taxpayers £70 million

    • 7 January 2014
    • Press release

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