Nigel Lawson

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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 (GWPF). 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 Labour MP for Blackley and Broughton Graham Stringer and Tory MP for North Shropshire Owen Paterson 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, DeSmog UK previously revealed. Lilley is a supporter of the European Research Group (ERG). 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

  • Arp.13.2015: Exposed: Two Funders of Lord Lawson's Climate Denial Charity Linked to Energy Industry. Lord Lawson’s climate denial charity has accepted secret donations from a consultant who worked for the nuclear industry and a wealthy Tory peer who claims to have been the first person in Britain to have built subsidised wind farms. Lord Lawson, chairman-for-life of the GWPF, has steadfastly refused to name his funders despite appeals from senior MPs for greater transparency. Despite this, DeSmog UK has managed to name several of his donors. ref Bryan Bateman, a consultant with the Confederation of Paper Industries and a former engineer working on nuclear power stations, confirmed on Friday that he was a GWPF funder. Lord Cavendish, a former energy minister also confirmed during an interview that he had contributed to the foundation. Bateman said that he had been working within a small group, including his friends in Parliament, attacking mainstream climate science which later became the GWPF. This was before Lawson became involved. ... some stuff of Cavendish here. Several of the GWPF donors were also financial supporters of the Conservative party. This includes Lord Vinson, who assisted Thatcher to power and has recently threatened to donate to UKIP as a supporter. Tory party donors Lord Leach, Michael Hintze, Edward Atkin, and Neil Record have also been identified as benefactors, both to the climate denial charity GWPF Foundation, and also to David Cameron’s ‘Vote Blue, Go Green’ Conservatives. Brendan Montague, DeSmog UK.


  • Jun.01.2018: Leave boss Nigel Lawson seeks French residency. Nigel Lawson has provoked anger by revealing that despite his support for Brexit he has applied for permanent residency in France. Lord Lawson of Blaby, the Conservative former chancellor who was chairman of the Vote Leave campaign before the 2016 EU referendum, lives in Gers in the southwest of France. Debra Archer, from the anti-Brexit group Remain in France Together, told The Local, an English-language French news website: “He lives in France and benefits from the EU and yet he advocated for the UK to leave it. Neil Coyle, the Labour MP, tweeted: “The blue passport just isn’t enough for some of those who backed Brexit. Who knew?” Lucy Fisher, The Times.
  • Apr.09.2018: BBC Radio 4 broke accuracy rules in Nigel Lawson climate change interview. BBC Radio 4 broke accuracy rules by failing to sufficiently challenge the climate change denier Nigel Lawson’s controversial claims in an interview, OfCom, the broadcasting watchdog has ruled. Interview was conducted by the presenter Justin Webb. Lawson, a former chancellor of the exchequer in Margaret Thatcher’s govt, made claims including that “all the experts say there hasn’t been” an increase in extreme weather events. He said the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change “concedes” this, and that, according to official figures, “during this past 10 years … average world temperature has slightly declined”. The BBC said it had publicly acknowledged that “some of Lord Lawson’s statements went beyond the intended scope of the interview and he was allowed to make inaccurate assertions which should have been challenged”. Ofcom was not impressed that a previous appearance on the Today programme in 2014 by Lawson, who founded the Global Warming Policy Foundation, resulted in an internal BBC investigation and ruling that found the same failure to properly challenge his views. Mark Sweney, The Guardian.