Chris Patten

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Sir Hugh Orde, when  he became chief constable of the PSNI in 2002. Photograph: Paul McErlane/Reuters

Former Police Service of Northern Ireland chief constable, Sir Hugh Orde is one of the few people who actually made practical progress on dealing w(...)

Back in 2016, British prime minister Theresa May  with then foreign secretary Boris Johnson and then secretary of state for exiting the European Union David Davis (left): Chris Patten in a foreword to Cook’s book describes Davis as “breezy, open, amiable, lazy and incompetent”. Photograph:  Peter Nicholls

The word of the moment in England seems to be “spaff” or its variants, “spaffed” and “spaffing”. The Oxford English Dictionary, even in its regularly (...)

Chris Patten, Lord Patten of Barnes, being interviewed by  Harry McGee at NUI Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Standing under the tower clock in the chilly quadrangle of National University of Ireland, Galway, Chris Patten is being buffeted by two storms. The f(...)

Northern Secretary Karen Bradley: has ran a consultation on addressing the legacy of the North’s past

All investigations into unsolved killings during the Troubles should be stopped and the money saved spent on victims and survivors, some of the UK’s s(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney with Chris Patten in Iveagh House Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The debate over Brexit has started to turn into an assault on the institutions and values that have made liberal democracy work, the former Tory minis(...)

Former attorney general Dominic Grieve:  there are three parts in the amendment he tabled. Photograph: AFP Photo/PRU

Theresa May’s government will table a new amendment to the EU withdrawal Bill on Thursday setting out what parliament can do if it rejects the final B(...)

Former first minister of Northern Ireland David Trimble:   said Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney had damaged relations between Dublin and London. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images

Britain’s House of Lords has backed a move to prevent a hard border after Brexit under which no new checks or controls could be imposed without the ag(...)

 British prime minister Theresa May shakes hands with China’s president, Xi Jinping, at G20 Leaders Summit in Hangzhou  in 2015. Photograph: Etienne Oliveau

Theresa May travels to China this week hoping to revive a “golden era” of trade ties, as the British prime minister seeks to soothe Beijing’s jangled (...)

Chris Patten will speak about his recently released biography ‘First Confession: A Sort of Memoir’. Photograph: David Levenson/Bloomberg

The former governor of Hong Kong and British cabinet minister Chris Patten will be among the speakers at the Dublin Festival of History next month. M(...)

End of the RUC: Chris Patten, then chairman of the Independent Commission on Policing in Northern Ireland, after questioning on the commission’s actions by the DUP in 1998. Photograph: Pacemaker

It’s hard to think of a British politician held in greater affection in Ireland than Chris Patten, and difficult to imagine a more unlikely profile fo(...)

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