As part of their Fall 2015 Speaker Series, the Cornell Alliance for Science will host the Right Honourable Owen Paterson MP, a Member of Parliament for North Shropshire (Conservative) since 1997. Cosponsored by the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.
Paterson was in David Cameron’s Cabinet as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (2012 – 2014) and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (2010 – 2012). In Opposition, he was on the front bench team as Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (2007 - 2010), Shadow Minister for Transport (2006 – 2007), Shadow Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (2003 – 2005), and Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition (2001 – 2003), and Opposition Whip (2000 – 2001). As a backbencher he sat on the Agriculture, European Scrutiny, and Welsh Affairs Select Committees.
He founded the think tank UK 2020 in 2014 in order to research and publish optimistic, outward-looking, electorally viable conservative policies as a vital contribution to the Conservative Party.
Paterson read History at the University of Cambridge, attended the National Leathers College, and spent twenty years in the leather industry before entering Parliament.
For more information on this Speaker Series, visit: http://bit.ly/AllianceSpeakerSeries
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