John Patten, Baron Patten
|The Right Honourable
The Lord Patten
|Secretary of State for Education|
10 April 1992 – 20 July 1994
|Prime Minister||John Major|
|Preceded by||Kenneth Clarke (Education and Science)|
|Succeeded by||Gillian Shephard|
|Minister of State for Home Affairs|
13 June 1987 – 10 April 1992
|Prime Minister||Margaret Thatcher
|Preceded by||David Mellor|
|Succeeded by||Peter Lloyd|
|Minister of State for Housing|
2 September 1985 – 13 June 1987
|Prime Minister||Margaret Thatcher|
|Preceded by||Ian Gow|
|Succeeded by||William Waldegrave|
|Member of Parliament
for Oxford West and Abingdon
3 May 1979 – 1 May 1997
|Preceded by||Evan Luard|
|Succeeded by||Evan Harris|
|Born||17 July 1945|
|Alma mater||Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge|
John Haggitt Charles Patten, Baron Patten, PC (born 17 July 1945) is a former Conservative Member of Parliament for Oxford West and Abingdon. A Roman Catholic, he was educated by the Jesuits at Wimbledon College before graduating from Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.
He was first elected for Oxford in 1979, transferring to Oxford West and Abingdon in 1983 after boundary changes divided the seat. He stood down at the 1997 general election. The seat was subsequently won by the Liberal Democrat Evan Harris.
Patten served as Secretary of State for Education from 1992 to 1994. He was interviewed at some length by Brian Sherratt in 1994 regarding his role as Secretary of State. While he was Education Secretary, Patten described Birmingham education chief Tim Brighouse as "a madman ... wandering the streets, frightening the children". Brighouse sued, and won substantial damages which were donated to educational charities.
- Michael White. "David Cameron's cabinet reshuffle: gossip, guesswork and predictions". the Guardian.
- Radical Educational Policies and Conservative Secretaries of State, Ribbins P and Sherratt B, Cassell, 1997, pp 168-199
- "The secrets of Saint Tim", The Guardian, 24 April 2007
- The London Gazette: . 20 June 1997.
- Louise Patten, Evening Standard, 2009-08-27
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by John Patten
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Oxford
|New constituency||Member of Parliament for Oxford West and Abingdon
as Secretary of State for Education and Science
|Secretary of State for Education