Ellesmere Shropshire

Ellesmere Shropshire
Beautiful Market Town

Friday, 7 May 2010

Owen Paterson regains his seat for Conservatives

Born in 1956, Owen is married with three children. He was educated at Radley College, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and the National Leathersellers College, Northampton. He joined the British Leather Company in 1979, becoming Sales Director in 1983 and Managing Director in 1993. He speaks French and German fluently and has travelled all over Europe, Asia and North America to sell his product. From 1996-98 he was President of COTANCE, the European Tanners' Confederation. He is a Director of the Institute of Orthopaedics, Gobowen and was Chairman of the Management Committee Institute of Orthopaedics, Gobowen, 1995, in charge of the building of the Leopold Muller Arthritis Centre, which opened in 1997. Owen -- Working for North Shropshire Owen has campaigned and continues to do so on any local issues including the survival of local magistrates courts, the dualling of the A5 trunk road, better train services to North West Shropshire, more NHS dentistry in North Shropshire, hospital waiting lists, the fire service, the food industry, farmers and small businesses and Shropshire's SSA. Owen's Experience Owen was PA to John Biffen in the 1987 General Election and stood as the Parliamentary Candidate himself for Wrexham in 1992. He was elected to Parliament as the member for North Shropshire in May 1997. Parliamentary appointments include: Member of the Welsh Affairs Select Committee, the Agriculture Select Committee and the European Scrutiny Select Committee. Conservative Backbench Committees: Vice-Chairman of the Department of the Environment, Transport and Regions Committee and Secretary of the European Affairs Committee. PPS to Rt Hon Anne Widdecombe MP January 2000 - July 2000. Elected to the Executive of the 1922 Committee in April 2000. Appointed an Opposition Whip in July 2000. In September 2001, he was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Right Hon Iain Duncan Smith and remained as such until Mr Duncan Smith stepped down on 6th November 2003. In 2005, he was re-elected as MP for North Shropshire with a majority of over 11,000, almost double his previous majority. He was Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food until December 2005, when David Cameron appointed him Shadow Minister of State for Transport. Since July 2007, he has been Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. He wins against the other candidates in the 2010 election results were as follows:

Owen Paterson Conservative 26,692

Ian Croll Liberal Democrat 10,864

Ian McLaughlan Labour 9,406

Sandra List UK Independence Party 2,432

Phil Reddall British National Party 1,667

Steve Boulding Green 808