Stuart Agnew

John Stuart Agnew (born 30 August 1949) is a British farmer and politician. He served as Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the East of England region for the UK Independence Party (UKIP) from 2009 until 2019, when UKIP dropped to seventh position with 3.42% of the regional vote.

Stuart Agnew
Deputy Leader of the UK Independence Party in the European Parliament
In office
16 April 2019  1 July 2019[1][2]
LeaderGerard Batten
Preceded byRay Finch
UKIP Spokesperson for Environment,
Food and Rural Affairs
Assumed office
24 July 2014
LeaderNigel Farage
Diane James
Paul Nuttall
Henry Bolton
Gerard Batten
Piers Wauchope
Richard Braine
Patricia Mountain
Freddy Vachha
Neil Hamilton
Preceded byJulia Reid
Member of the European Parliament
for East of England
In office
7 June 2009  1 July 2019
Preceded byJeffrey Titford
Succeeded byMichael Heaver
Personal details
John Stuart Agnew

(1949-08-30) 30 August 1949 (age 71)
Norwich, Norfolk, England
Political partyUK Independence Party
Alma materRoyal Agricultural College

Agnew was born in Norwich, and educated at Gordonstoun School and the Royal Agricultural College.[3] 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.[4] He sits on the European Parliament Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.[citation needed]

He was the UKIP candidate in Mid Norfolk at the 2001 general election, in Norfolk North at the 2005 general election,[5] and in Broadland at the 2010 and 2015 general elections.[citation needed]

As UKIP's Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Agnew has described climate change science as "the global warming scam".[6] 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.[7]

In the 2017 UKIP leadership election, he was the running-mate of Anne Marie Waters.[8]

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.[9]


  1. "Key dates ahead". European Parliament. 20 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  2. "Key dates ahead". BBC News Online. British Broadcasting Corporation. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  3. 'AGNEW, (John) Stuart', Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2014
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 July 2009. Retrieved 9 June 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. "Election 2005 - Results - Norfolk North".
  6. "My Personal Experiences of the Global Warming Scam". Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  7. "Cutting carbon emissions will cause crops to die, warns UKIP". RTCC. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  8. "UKIP MEP Stuart Agnew will be anti-Islam leadership hopeful Anne Marie Waters' deputy". Eastern Daily Press. 24 July 2017. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  9. correspondent, Peter Walker Political (16 April 2019). "Ukip MEP Stuart Agnew addresses pro-apartheid club in London" via