The Rt Hon Owen Paterson

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.

Previous roles in government

  1. Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

    • 2010 to 2012
  2. Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • 2012 to 2014

Announcements

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  1. Defra awards £19 million to help rural businesses

    • 9 July 2014
    • News story
  2. Negotiations begin for £120m China beef and lamb export deal

    • 19 June 2014
    • Press release
  3. Owen Paterson's speech to the Cereals Agricultural Show on greening

    • 12 June 2014
    • Speech
  4. CAP greening criteria announced

    • 10 June 2014
    • Press release
  5. Preferred candidate for new Environment Agency Chair announced

    • 6 June 2014
    • News story
  6. Water Act gains Royal Assent

    • 15 May 2014
    • News story
  7. Owen Paterson's speech to the Scotch Whisky Association

    • 12 May 2014
    • Speech
  8. Flood hit farmers can apply for £35,000 grant

    • 28 April 2014
    • News story
  9. CAP boost for moorland

    • 25 April 2014
    • News story
  10. Leeds flood defence construction starts

    • 24 April 2014
    • Press release