Matt Ridley

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...Included in this network of organisations pushing for a hard Brexit is the UK’s premier climate science denial campaign group, the Global Warming Policy Foundation. Founded by prominent climate-science denier Nigel Lawson, the group aims to fight back against what it describes as “extremely damaging and harmful policies” designed to mitigate climate change. Despite disputing the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate science, the GWPF still has a voice in Parliament. Both Graham Stringer, Labour MP for Blackley and Broughton and Owen Paterson, Tory MP for North Shropshire, have strong ties with the GWPF as well as 3 Tory members of the House of Lords including Peter Lilley, Matt Ridley and Nigel Vinson. Lilley’s also sits on “a committee of experts” closely advising international trade secretary Liam Fox. Lilley is a supporter of the European Research Group. Led by Jacob Rees-Mogg, the ERG is lobbying for a hard Brexit and has been described by Buzzfeed as “an aggressive, disciplined, and highly organised parliamentary and media operation”. Former Brexit minister Steve Baker is a past chair of the group. ref See also


Matt Ridley claims that his support for fracking is disinterested because he has coal interests - but he omits to mention that he has breached the Parliamentary Code of Conduct for not disclosing in debates on the subject personal interests worth at least £50,000 in Weir Group,[1] which provides specialist equipment used in fracking.


  • Oct.31.2018: Fracking’s enemies are wrong to call these earthquakes. The Bowland shale is among the richest and thickest sources of gas yet found, and could bring prosperity to the north. Yet because a few fanatics have decided to campaign furiously against fracking, are we to turn our backs on this vital industry? Matt Ridley, The Times.


  1. ^ The Conduct Of Viscount Ridley. The Commissioner found that Viscount Ridley had breached the Code of Conduct by failing to declare his financial interests ... when speaking on the Bill. Committee for Privileges and Conduct,, Jan.23.2014.