|The Right Honourable
|Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs|
4 September 2012
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Preceded by||Caroline Spelman|
|Secretary of State for Northern Ireland|
12 May 2010 – 4 September 2012
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Preceded by||Shaun Woodward|
|Succeeded by||Theresa Villiers|
|Shadow Secretary of State for
2 July 2007 – 11 May 2010
|Preceded by||David Lidington|
|Succeeded by||Shaun Woodward|
|Member of Parliament
for North Shropshire
1 May 1997
|Preceded by||John Biffen|
|Born||Owen William Paterson
24 June 1956
Whitchurch, Shropshire, England
|Alma mater||Corpus Christi College, Cambridge|
Owen William Paterson (born 24 June 1956) is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs since 2012 and the Member of Parliament (MP) for North Shropshire since 1997. He was first appointed to the Shadow Cabinet of David Cameron in 2007 as Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. Upon the formation of the Coalition Government in 2010 he was appointed to the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, where he remained until being moved to DEFRA in 2012.
Early life and career 
Paterson was born in Whitchurch, Shropshire. He attended Abberley Hall School and Radley College, before beginning studies at Cambridge University, where he read History at Corpus Christi College. He then went on to the National Leathersellers College (now the British School of Leather Technology at the University of Northampton).
He joined the British Leather Company in 1979, becoming Sales Director in 1983 and Managing Director from 1993 to 1999. He was President of COTANCE (The Confederation of National Associations of Tanners and Dressers of the European Community), the European Tanners Confederation from 1996–1998. He was a Director of Parsons and Sons leather company in Halesowen in the 1990s. Paterson is a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Leathersellers' Company.
Member of Parliament 
Paterson contested, but failed to win, the Wrexham seat in the 1992 General Election. He is Member of Parliament for North Shropshire, being first elected at the 1997 General Election and has been returned at every General Election there since.
He served on a number of committees including the Welsh Affairs Committee (1997–2001), the European Standing Committee (1998–2001), and the Agriculture Committee (2000–01). Paterson is a supporter of Royal Irish Regiment which has been based in his constituency at Tern Hill 
Front bench politician 
Paterson was appointed Shadow agriculture, Fisheries and Food Minister from 2003-05. As agriculture spokesman he became an expert on bovine TB and campaigned for the dairy industry. He visited Michigan, Maryland and Washington to discuss Bovine TB Policy, writing extensively on the issue facing the UK.
He travelled all over the North Atlantic to produce a landmark Green Paper on Fisheries. Paterson joined the crew of the Kiroan, one of the few remaining trawlers out of Fleetwood, Lancashire, to view the fishing practices which have been created by the EU's Common Fisheries Policy. He wrote the Green Paper "Consultation on a National Policy on Fisheries Management in U.K.Waters"  which was used by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's Fish Fight Campaign.
Shadow Minister for Transport 
Paterson previously served as Shadow Minister for Transport from 2005-07. Whilst he was Shadow Minister for Roads, Paterson researched relevant best practice and the latest ideas from Europe and North America.
Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 
He was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on 2 July 2007.
Paterson negotiated an agreement with the Ulster Unionist Party to re-establish the traditional links between the two parties, which was broken in 1972. This included running joint Conservative/UUP candidates for the 2009 European and 2010 general elections.
News of this alliance was praised by several Conservatives, including Iain Dale and ConservativeHome. However the alliance caused the UUP's only MP Sylvia Hermon to resign from the UUP. Lady Hermon retained her seat successfully against the Ulster Conservatives and Unionists in the 2010 Westminster election. The UUP lost seats at the assembly elections the following year.
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 
One of his first tasks was overseeing the publication and delivery of the Saville Report on the events of Bloody Sunday which led to an apology by the Prime Minister David Cameron. He Worked with the Treasury to deliver his promise of a consultation on the devolution of the power to reduce the rate of Corporation Tax  to Stormont. Paterson has stated that "Rebalancing and rebuilding the economy is critical to the future prosperity of Northern Ireland and it is one of the Government’s key priorities for Northern Ireland." He has been outspoken on the issue of integrated education in Northern Ireland. Currently 95% of Northern Ireland pupils attend a segregated school. Paterson believes segregated education is not working; in October 2010 he said: “there's a school in Belfast with no pupils and there's a school in Belfast with more staff than pupils. That's just a criminal waste of public money. We cannot go on bearing the cost of segregation and I don't see why the British taxpayer should continue to subsidise segregation."
Personal life 
Paterson married Rose Ridley, the daughter of Matthew Ridley, 4th Viscount Ridley and sister of Matt Ridley in 1980. They have two sons and a daughter. They are Felix, Ned and Evie. Paterson speaks fluent French and German. His wealth is estimated at £1.5m.
- Mr Owen Paterson (1956–97)
- Mr Owen Paterson MP (1997–2010)
- Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP (2010– )
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- Owen Paterson MP (January 2005), Consultation on a National Policy on Fisheries Management in UK Waters, Conservative Party (UK), retrieved 16 September 2011
- Andrew Porter (23 July 2008). "David Cameron launches biggest Conservative shake-up for decades". London: The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
- Iain Dale (24 July 2008). "A Landmark Day for Northern Ireland Politics". Retrieved 17 September 2011.
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- "NI corporation tax cut 'benefits all' - Owen Paterson". BBC News. 30 March 2011.
- Glen Owen The coalition of millionaires: 23 of the 29 member of the new cabinet are worth more than £1m... and the Lib Dems are just as wealthy as the Tories Mail on Sunday 23 May 2010
- Cassandra Jardine (5 August 2011). "Owen Paterson on the Mongol Derby". London: The Telegraph. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Owen Paterson|
- Owen Paterson MP official constituency website
- Profile at the Conservative Party
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
- Current session contributions in Parliament at Hansard
- Electoral history and profile at The Guardian
- Voting record at PublicWhip.org
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou.com
- Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
- Profile at BBC News Democracy Live
- Guide to new Cabinet members: Owen Paterson, BBC News, 13 May 2010
- Debrett's People of Today
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament
for North Shropshire
|Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
|Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
|Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs