|Deputy Leader of the UK Independence Party in the European Parliament|
16 April 2019 – 1 July 2019
|Preceded by||Ray Finch|
|Succeeded by||Office abolished|
|Member of the European Parliament|
for East of England
7 June 2009 – 1 July 2019
|Preceded by||Jeffrey Titford|
|Succeeded by||Michael Heaver|
|2014–2019||Environment, Food and Rural Affairs|
John Stuart Agnew
30 August 1949
Norwich, Norfolk, England
|Political party||UK Independence Party|
|Alma mater||Royal Agricultural College|
John Stuart Agnew (born 30 August 1949) is a British farmer and politician who served as Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the East of England region for the UK Independence Party (UKIP) from 2009 to 2019.
Early life and career
Agnew was born in Norwich, and educated at Gordonstoun School and the Royal Agricultural College. During the 1970s he worked in Rhodesia as a soil conservation officer, as well as being a reserve in the Rhodesian Army. A long-time UKIP member, he is a Norfolk farmer who formerly represented Norfolk on the NFU Council.
He sits on the European Parliament Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.
He was the UKIP candidate in Mid Norfolk at the 2001 general election, in Norfolk North at the 2005 general election, and in Broadland at the 2010 and 2015 general elections.
As UKIP's Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Agnew has described climate change science as "the global warming scam". In the European Parliament in 2015, he stated that plants need carbon dioxide as food, so "if you succeed in decarbonising Europe, our crops will have no natural gas to grow from". Richard A. Betts of the Met Office described this as a misunderstanding, since cutting emissions did not mean reducing existing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
In the 2017 UKIP leadership election, he was the running-mate of Anne Marie Waters.
In April 2019, Agnew was appointed Deputy Leader of UKIP in the European Parliament following the resignation of Ray Finch, and it was reported that he spoke to the Springbok Club.
Agnew lost his seat at the 2019 European Parliament election, when UKIP dropped to seventh position with 3.42% of the regional vote.
- ^ 'AGNEW, (John) Stuart', Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2014
- ^ "Eastern Counties Region - UK Independence Party". Archived from the original on 3 July 2009. Retrieved 9 June 2009.
- ^ "Election 2005 - Results - Norfolk North". news.bbc.co.uk.
- ^ "My Personal Experiences of the Global Warming Scam". stuartagnewmep.co.uk. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
- ^ "Cutting carbon emissions will cause crops to die, warns UKIP". RTCC. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
- ^ "UKIP MEP Stuart Agnew will be anti-Islam leadership hopeful Anne Marie Waters' deputy". Eastern Daily Press. 24 July 2017. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
- ^ correspondent, Peter Walker Political (16 April 2019). "Ukip MEP Stuart Agnew addresses pro-apartheid club in London" – via www.theguardian.com.
- 1949 births
- Living people
- People educated at Gordonstoun
- Alumni of the Royal Agricultural University
- UK Independence Party parliamentary candidates
- UK Independence Party MEPs
- MEPs for England 2009–2014
- MEPs for England 2014–2019
- 20th-century English farmers
- Politicians from Norwich
- British Eurosceptics
- 21st-century English farmers