Stuart Agnew MEP re-commits to the Back British Farming Charter
16th July 2014
In 2013, Stuart Agnew MEP signed the Back British Farming Charter – committing to supporting British farmers and growers as they produce healthy, sustainable food. With the new Parliament now under way, he has re-committed his support by signing the pledge on 16th July 2014. The Back British Farming pledge is a joint project between the four farming unions of England, Wales...
Happy St George's Day
23rd April 2014
I would like to wish all of my constituents a very Happy St George's Day.
Stuart Agnew: Prime Minister’s pride over £11.4 billion foreign aid spend is ‘sadly misplaced’
11th April 2014
The Government has announced that its aim of spending 0.7% of UK national income on foreign aid has been achieved, bringing its overall spend up to £11.4 billion in 2013, a dramatic increase of 30% on the previous year (£8.8 billion). "Mr Cameron said: "I am proud of the fact that we have taken 0.7% of this year’s GDP and given it to the poorest countries in the world."...
Stuart Agnew MEP appears with Thalidomide survivor in committee meetings (07.14.14)
10th April 2014
Stuart Agnew MEP appears with Thalidomide survivor, Liz Buckle, in committee meetings on 7th April 2014. Stuart has thrown his support behind the ‘Show Your Hand’ Thalidomide compensation campaign. AGRI: http://youtu.be/Lg6XZkV3BQ0 AFCO: http://youtu.be/Z5PE...
Stuart Agnew MEP: A Personal Involvement with GM Crops (April 2014)
8th April 2014
Stuart Agnew MEP: A Personal Involvement with GM Crops. To download the report, please go to the 'Research Centre' section of this website.
UKIP to launch its East of England European Election campaign in Norwich (31.03.14)
26th March 2014
The UK Independence Party is holding the formal launch of its East of England European Election campaign at the Assembly House, Theatre Street, Norwich NR2 1RQ at 10.30am on Monday 31st March 2014. Lead candidates, Patrick O’Flynn, UKIP’s Communications Director, Stuart Agnew, its MEP for the East of England and Tim Aker, the Party’s Head of Policy will be outl...
UKIP uncovers TB epidemic at Cambridgeshire vegetable packaging plant
21st March 2014
The Leader of the UKIP Group on Cambridgeshire County Council, Cllr Paul Bullen has discovered that twenty migrant workers at a vegetable packaging plant in Chatteris in Cambridgeshire are suffering with TB and one may even have died from it, though cause of death has yet to be confirmed. Cllr Bullen said: “I had been hearing rumours about this and today, I confronted Cambrid...
Video of Stuart Agnew's talk in Shaftesbury - 07.03.14
11th March 2014
Please click on the link below for report and video on Stuart Agnew’s talk in Shaftesbury on 7th March 2014. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yble8WXd4oM&feature=player_embedded
New Agriculture Leaflet - Putting UK farmers first
24th February 2014
For many years, farmers have been told by the Tories and Liberal Democrats that a vote for UKIP is a vote to end their subsidies. Stuart Agnew MEP has produced a short leaflet designed to be given to farmers, to explain that far from bankrupting them, supporting UKIP could be greatly to their advantage. The leaflet can be downloaded from this website - please see Aggers in Print ...
Cross-Party Group to call another County Council EGM to Terminate the Willows Incinerator Contract
13th February 2014
A cross-party group of Norfolk County Councillors, led by the UKIP Group Leader, Cllr Toby Coke, is to make a further attempt to terminate the Cory Wheelabrator incinerator contract while the costs are still capped at £26 million by calling another Extraordinary General Meeting of the County Council in early April. The group, which includes Cllr Tim East (LD), Cllr Andrew Boswell...
UKIP kicks off its Euro campaign in Braintree
10th February 2014
The UK Independence Party (UKIP) is kicking off its European Election campaign in Essex at a public meeting featuring their MEP, Stuart Agnew and the Party’s Head of Policy Tim Aker at 7.30pm on Wednesday 19th February 2014 at the Bocking Arts Theatre, Bocking End, Braintree CM7 9AE. The meeting is being organised by UKIP’s Central Essex Branch. Stuart Agnew MEP will ...
How do we know the numbers? Stuart Agnew MEP questions whether migrants arriving from Romania and Bulgaria are being counted
28th January 2014
The East of England UKIP MEP, Stuart Agnew, is raising questions about how we will ever know how many migrants have arrived from Bulgaria and Romania, because he believes immigration officials are not keeping count. Stuart Agnew MEP said: “I frequently hear that the numbers of Romanians and Bulgarians arriving in the UK are much lower than the predictions made by UKIP and o...
New poll confirms Great Yarmouth as UKIP target seat
17th December 2013
A new opinion poll carried out by Survation has confirmed UKIP as a front runner in the race to win the Parliamentary seat of Great Yarmouth at the 2015 General Election. Funded by Alan Bown, a leading UKIP donor, the Poll puts UKIP on 30%, a massive increase in support of 25% since the 2010 General Election, and in second place to Labour with 37%. Most worryingly for the Conservati...
Romanian Parliament breaks EU law on corruption - Stuart Agnew MEP calls for reciprocal action from the British Government
10th December 2013
The Romanian Parliament on Tuesday (10th December 2013) exempted top politicians and lawyers from corruption crimes, in a move which conflicts with the accession agreements it has signed with the EU. Stuart Agnew, UKIP’s MEP for the East of England said: "The Romanian Parliament’s decision to approve laws which compromise their accession agreements, means that our Govern...
Agriculture Commissioner gives MEP unusual assurances on conditions for sheep headage payments (20.11.13)
20th November 2013
Speaking during a debate in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on CAP reform (20.11.13), the UK Independence Party’s agriculture spokesman, Stuart Agnew MEP has drawn an unusual commitment from European Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos. Mr Agnew challenged a European Commission decision to restrict headage payments on sheep to females, which he described as “misusi...
Stuart Agnew MEP slams EU legislation that imposes 40% gender quotas on company boards
19th November 2013
During a debate in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on gender balancing in companies listed on the stock exchange (19.11.13), UKIP MEP Stuart Agnew has fiercely attacked the EU for attempting to “fight discrimination with more discrimination” which, in the process, “rips up” Habeas Corpus. The EU is proposing to force companies to have boards containing a quot...
EU’s accounts fail to please the auditors for 19th consecutive year
5th November 2013
The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has failed to give the all clear to the EU’s accounts for the 19th consecutive year. The report finds that there are problems in all main spending areas. Commenting on the ECA’s report on EU spending in 2012 (€138.6 billion or £116.3 billion), East of England MEP Stuart Agnew said: “After nearly two decades of ...
The European Commission sucks more than our vacuum cleaners!
4th November 2013
New European Commission regulations mean that the motors in domestic vacuum cleaners will be limited to 1,600W from September 2014 and 900W from 2017. Reacting to this latest piece of red tape from the European Commission, the UKIP MEP for the East of England Stuart Agnew, said: “First they came for our light bulbs, then Milk of Magnesia and toilet flushes, now EU officials...
Stuiart Agnew MEP speaks up for UK farmers struggling with EID sheep tagging regulations
4th November 2013
Speaking during a debate in the European Parliament’s agriculture committee meeting in Brussels (4.11.13), the UK Independence Party’s agriculture spokesman, Stuart Agnew MEP spoke up for UK farmers who are struggling to cope with the regulations on electronic tagging of sheep (EID) and who are “hit harder than anybody else.” Mr Agnew said that there were signif...
Commission to regulate flushing of toilets and urinals (29.10.13)
29th October 2013
Commenting on the European Commission’s new 60 page ‘technical report’ on toilet flushing, following extensive work by a study group, the UKIP MEP for the East of England, Stuart Agnew, said: “With over 26 million people unemployed in the EU, the European Commission has decided to concentrate on that vital issue of our time – flushing toilets and uri...
Start Agnew MEP slams culture of fear in British fishing community (22.10.13)
22nd October 2013
During a debate in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (22.10.13), UKIP MEP Stuart Agnew has spoken out against the culture of fear now being generated in the British fishing community by the UK fisheries ministry. Mr Agnew, who is UKIP’s spokesman on fishing revealed that fishermen were too frightened to attend a recent public meetin...
Report on Tariffs and Quotas - October 2013
8th October 2013
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Rural Terrorism in Norfolk
30th September 2013
About 15 years ago I sold my farm on the other side of the county. A public road ran through the length of the farm with a particularly wide verge on one side of it (up to 30 yards in places). I had always understood the verge to be in my ownership, reinforced in this belief by the fact that I received the Wayleave & Compensation payments for the poles supporting the electricity po...
Stuart Agnew MEP speaks up for nation states having control of regional branding
17th September 2013
Speaking during a debate in the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee on regional branding, in Brussels (17.09.13), East of England UKIP MEP Stuart Agnew has spoken up for the nation states having control over regional quality branding. Mr Agnew pointed out that under the present system, which he described as “a minefield”, manufacturers seeking regional brandin...
Stuart Agnew MEP raises “Toxic” issue of EU having its own foreign policy and making foreign ministers redundant
9th July 2013
Speaking during a meeting of the European Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs Committee in Brussels (09.07.13), attended by the Lithuanian Deputy Foreign Minister, Vytautas Leskevicius, East of England UKIP MEP Stuart Agnew has raised the “toxic” issue of the EU’s proposed Common Foreign and Security Policy being developed under the Lisbon Treaty and its effect on nation...
Stuart Agnew MEP condemns EU for attempting to distort British democracy in 2014 euro election
5th July 2013
Speaking during a debate in the European Parliament in Strasbourg (03.07.13) on the arrangements for the European Elections next year, East of England UKIP MEP Stuart Agnew has condemned the EU for what he described as: “Another attempt to distort democracy in Britain.” Mr Agnew, was talking about EU plans to introduce pan-European political parties into the European Electi...
Stuart Agnew MEP accuses French supermarket of trawling endangered species close to extinction
17th June 2013
A British MEP has accused the French supermarket chain, Intermarché of being responsible for bottom trawling some endangered species of fish to the point of extinction, utilising subsidies from the UK taxpayer. Stuart Agnew, the UKIP MEP, made his charge during a debate on deep sea trawling, in the European Parliament’s fisheries committee (17.06.13). Mr Agnew referr...
Euro Parliament rejects motion to seek legal opinion on dubious date change for 2014 European Election
21st May 2013
The European Parliament (20.5.13) has rejected a motion put to it by Stuart Agnew MEP (UKIP) on behalf of the Europe of Freedom and Democracy Group, which called for a legal opinion to be obtained to confirm whether bringing forward the date of the 2014 European elections would be lawful. Mr Agnew’s motion asked for the Plenary vote due this week on the date change (from June to May...
Stuart Agnew MEP slams Commission for dunking a ‘witch’
8th May 2013
The European Commission has today (08.05.13) over-ridden the wishes of the UK government and restricted the use of certain insecticides from the neonicotinoid group. This action has been taken in response to declines in bee populations. Many crop experts and farmers are unhappy with the decision and claim that there is insufficient data to confirm that neonicotinoids have anyt...
Good luck to all UKIP candidates
2nd May 2013
My very best wishes to all our candidates today. I wish you every success and I thank you for your courage in putting your heads above the parapet. Particular thanks to those who collected their own signatures for their nominations and campaigned hard. Thanks also to those who collected signatures for other people. Your hard work deserves a just reward.
Stuart Agnew MEP attacks ‘mad’ EU biofuel policy (24.04.13)
24th April 2013
During a session of the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee on biofuels and fuel quality (24th April 2013), East of England MEP, Stuart Agnew (UKIP) has excoriated the EU’s obsession with biofuel, which takes good arable land out of food production at a time when it is most needed. Mr Agnew, who is the Party’s spokesman on agriculture, said that EU subsidies ...
Happy St George's Day!
23rd April 2013
Stuart Agnew wishes all of his constituents and members a very Happy St George's Day
Stuart Agnew berates European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee
20th March 2013
Stuart Agnew, the UKIP MEP who recently joined the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee, has intervened during the Committee’s latest session in Brussels on 20th March; to demand that agenda items actually be discussed. The Committee had spent 45 minutes debating about what to debate. His frustration clearly showing, Mr Agnew said: “This meeting has n...
Chaos in European Parliament as President faints and controversial Agri Report is voted through
13th March 2013
Chaos reigned in the European Parliament today (13.03.13)as it struggled to get through a mammoth voting list, which included three major votes on reform of the Common Agricultural Policy. There was a debate over whether to postpone part of the voting but it was decided by the President of the Parliament, that it should carry on. He was then taken ill, fainting after asking for a th...
Paterson as “impotent as a bullock or a gelding" in horsemeat scandal
12th March 2013
During a debate in the European Parliament on the horsemeat scandal today (12th March 2013), East of England MEP, Stuart Agnew (UKIP) has described the Secretary of State for Agriculture, Owen Paterson, as being “as impotent as a bullock or a gelding” in attempting to deal with the horsemeat issue. Mr Agnew, who is the Party’s spokesman on agriculture, pointed out tha...
Decision making on CAP reform “a series of shambolic compromises”
12th March 2013
During a debate in the European Parliament on the reform of the CAP (12th March 2013), East of England MEP, Stuart Agnew (UKIP) has described the decision making behind the planned changes to the policy as: “a series of shambolic compromises.” Mr Agnew, who is the Party’s spokesman on agriculture, said: “Since the last reform process, two major dynamics have cha...
Stuart Agnew MEP describes European Parliament as an “elected dictatorship”
12th March 2013
In a hard hitting speech during a debate on the 2014 European Elections, in Strasbourg (12th March 2013), East of England MEP, Stuart Agnew (UKIP) has described the European Parliament as “an elected dictatorship”. Mr Agnew was commenting on proposals for cutting the number of MEPs from some EU member states. He said: “There can be few better examples of how und...
MEP highlights scandal of solar farm on 900 acres of prime farm land -
22nd February 2013
During a debate in the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee about the challenges of renewable energy (20.02.13), Stuart Agnew, the UKIP MEP and spokesman on agriculture has highlighted the “scandal” of Peterborough City Council’s plan to take 900 acres of prime agricultural land out of food production and replace it with solar panels. Speaking to fellow MEP...
UKIP MEP tells Cypriot Agriculture Minister some home truths about CAP reform
25th January 2013
Stuart Agnew, the UKIP MEP and spokesman on Agriculture has been telling the Cypriot Agriculture Minister, Sofoclis Aletraris some home truths about the Common Agricultural Policy.In the Agriculture & Rural Development Committee session on 24th January, during a review of the Cypriot Presidency of the EU Council, Mr Agnew gave the Minister a scathing critique of three wasted years discussin...
David Cameron ‘fiddles while the EU burns our country’
23rd January 2013
East of England UKIP MEP, Stuart Agnew has described the Prime Minister’s ‘Europe’ speech as “fiddling while the EU burns our country“. Mr Agnew said: “Whilst I am pleased that the option of coming out of the EU is now openly on the political agenda, Mr Cameron is attempting to sandbag the British people with a re-negotiation which he is not in a position to...
Every MEP in Brussels costs an 'eye watering' THREE times more than MPs in Westminster
14th January 2013
MEPs in Brussels cost three times more than MPs in Westminster, shocking new figures reveal. The annual bill for a member of the European Parliament is almost £1.8million, compared to £590,000 for politicians in the House of Commons. Click here to read the full article in the Daily Mail.
Mark Lynas: Why I became pro-GM
11th January 2013
I want to start with some apologies. For the record, here and upfront, I apologise for having spent several years ripping up GM crops. I am also sorry that I helped to start the anti-GM movement back in the mid-1990s, and that I thereby assisted in demonising an important technological option that can be used to benefit the environment. Click here to read the full article in Farmers Weekly.
MEPs hit out at Peterborough City Council’s plan to build a 900 acre wind/solar farm on prime agricultural land
7th January 2013
Members of the European Parliament representing the East of England and the East Midlands have condemned Peterborough City Council’s plans to eject tenant farmers from 900 acres of prime agricultural land and turn it into a giant solar and wind farm. Stuart Agnew, the UKIP MEP for the East of England and Party spokesman on agriculture, in whose constituency the project would be b...
Tory District Councillor defects to UKIP
4th January 2013
Mid Suffolk District Councillor, Frank Whittle is the latest politician to desert the Conservative Party and join the UK Independence Party (UKIP). Former Mayor, Cllr Whittle, who represents Stowmarket North, will be standing for re-election in May 2015 under the UKIP banner having grown thoroughly disillusioned with life in the Tory Party. Commenting on his decision to join UKIP, Cllr...
MEP accuses the EU of 'gesture politics' on welfare of animals in transit
12th December 2012
During a debate in the European Parliament (11.12.12) in Strasbourg, on the protection of animals during transport, Stuart Agnew MEP, the UKIP agriculture spokesman, has accused the EU of 'gesture politics' and called for existing legislation to be more widely enforced rather than new regulations being imposed on British farmers. Mr Agnew said: "We already have adequate legislation on ...
EU membership “compels us to find homes for travellers says MEP”
12th December 2012
Responding to news of Basildon Council’s decision to give planning approval for a traveller site at Gardiner’s Way, Basildon, East of England MEP, Stuart Agnew has pointed his finger at the EU. “Our membership of the EU compels us to find homes for travellers. As a result of it, we have an open border to over 400 million people. Basildon Council and any other council, for that...
MEP convinces farmers that they don't need the EU
5th December 2012
The Young Farmers Club of Ulster held a debate in the Stormont Parliament on Monday night (3rd December) where Stuart Agnew MEP (UKIP) proposed the motion 'Northern Ireland agriculture could survive outside the EU'. Opposing the motion was Campbell Tweed OBE, the former President of the Northern Ireland Farmers Union. Before the debate, a secret poll was taken of the audience, which co...
UKIP MEP clashes with German Green MEP over organic farming
21st November 2012
During a debate in the European Parliament (21.11.12) in Strasbourg, on preparations for the European Council, Stuart Agnew MEP, the UKIP agriculture spokesman, challenged the Green spokesman, MEP Helga Trupel, to justify their support for organic farming. Mr Agnew said: Why do we need organic farming? This is a system of farming that is 50 years out of date. It is a system of farming ...
MEP says EU is “far too big to have a Common Agricultural Policy”
3rd October 2012
While taking part in a European Parliamentary press conference with fellow members of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee in Brussels (2.12.12) Stuart Agnew MEP, the UKIP agriculture spokesman has excoriated the proposed reforms to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), citing his view that “the EU has become far too big to have a CAP.” He said: “ We are lo...