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Richard Tice

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Richard Tice

Credentials

  • Uppingham School.1Richard Tice. “Academies: a model education,” Reform, February 2008. Archived June 12, 2018. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.
  • Quantity surveying and construction economics, Salford University.2Richard Tice. “Academies: a model education,” Reform, February 2008. Archived June 12, 2018. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.

Background

Richard Tice is a multi-millionaire property developer and financier who led right-wing party Reform UK from March 2021 to June 3, 2024, when Nigel Farage announced he would return as party leader.3Ben Quinn, Pippa Crerar, and Eleni Courea. “Nigel Farage to stand for Reform UK in general election U-turn,” the Guardian, June 3, 2024. Archived June 3, 2024. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/hRZNv Tice is now the chairman of the party, a role he previously held from 2019 to 2021.4Who is Richard Tice? The ex-Reform UK leader replaced by Nigel Farage,” Sky News, June 12, 2024. Archived June 14, 2024. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/WhlpG

The Brexit Party became Reform UK in January 2021, when the UK officially withdrew from the European Union.5Sinead Wilson. “Who is Reform UK leader Richard Tice?,” BBC News, March 8, 2021. Archived February 1, 2022. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/jYkc5 Tice became the party’s leader, with Nigel Farage serving as its honorary president.6Nigel Farage. “As Honorary President of Reform UK, I will be speaking at 11am. You can watch on the livestream.,” tweet from user @Nigel_Farage, March 20, 2023. Retrieved from twitter.com. Archived June 28, 2023. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/zNHuq

Tice is also a presenter for TalkTV, a right-leaning media channel owned by Rupert Murdoch, where he has used his timeslot to interview climate deniers including Brian Catt.7Richard Tice,” profile on MuckRack. Archived June 13, 2023. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog. 8Adam Barnett. “TalkTV’s Climate Expert Accused UN of Using ‘Nazi Methods’ to Back Green Action,” DeSmog, August 24, 2022.

In January 2023, Tice opened a new Reform UK campaign office in Hartlepool, with the intention of standing to be the town’s MP in the next general election.9Daniel Hordon. “Reform UK leader Richard Tice opens office in Hartlepool,” The Northern Echo, February 1, 2023. Archived February 4, 2023. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/vwyBY On May 23, 2024, Tice announced he would stand as a candidate in the July 2024 general election in Boston and Skegness, a constituency in Lincolnshire.10David McKenna. “Reform UK leader Richard Tice to stand in Boston and Skegness,” BBC News, May 23, 2024. Archived May 27, 2024. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/93Sfo

Tice formerly chaired the anti-EU Brexit Party, launched in April 2019 by Nigel Farage to contest the European Parliament elections. Tice served as a Brexit Party MEP until Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.11James Morris. “Brexit Party candidates list: The big names standing for Nigel Farage’s new party at European elections 2019,” Evening Standard, April 24, 2019. Archived April 29, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/YxAmC 12Richard Tice”, Europa, Archived November 2, 2020. Archive URLhttps://archive.vn/9JiWZ

Richard Tice is a longtime pro-Brexit campaigner, which he said would be a “very simple process.” He has called for a “no deal” outcome and the adoption of World Trade Organisation rules.13Richard Tice. “Of course no deal is better than a bad deal – I hope Theresa May has not abandoned this stance,” The Telegraph, March 29, 2017. Archived May 3, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/LiT0u 14Richard Tice. “Time for the Prime Minister to pursue a “World Trade” Brexit,” The Telegraph, December 14, 2018. Archived May 3, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/UIg1Y

In August 2015, Tice co-founded the group Leave.EU, originally named “The Know,” with businessman Arron Banks, and served as co-chair. In May 2018, Leave.EU was given a maximum fine of £70,000 by the Electoral Commission for exceeding the statutory spending limit during the EU referendum campaign, with the group’s chief executive, Liz Bilney, being referred to the police.15UKIP‘s Nigel Farage: I support both EU ‘Out’ campaigns,” BBC News, October 11, 2015. Archived May 3, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/rqsjg 16Greg Heffer. “Leave.EU fined £70,000 and campaign chief referred to police over EU referendum spend,” Sky News, May 11, 2018. Archived May 3, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/Q11fw

Tice also donated £38,000 to Grassroots Out, a rival pro-Brexit group set up in response to conflicts between the two main campaigns, Leave.EU and Vote Leave, and in 2001 supported the leadership bid of Eurosceptic Conservative MP, David Davis, donating £1,750 to his campaign.17Richard Tice,” Electoral Commission. Archived May 3, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/FefAr 18Will Dean. “Faction stations: which Brexit campaign is which?The Guardian, January 31, 2016. Archived May 3, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/pyyWW

Along with business consultant John Longworth, Tice co-founded Leave Means Leave, a pressure group campaigning for a “hard” Brexit. Longworth now chairs the organisation, with Tice and Nigel Farage as vice chairs. Its political advisory board includes Conservative politicians Owen Paterson, David Jones, Sir Gerald Howarth, Peter Bone, and David Campbell Bannerman, as well as the former deputy editor of The Spectator and Daily Telegraph, Simon Heffer. Heffer is also a “Professorial Research Fellow” at the private University of Buckingham, known for its free-market ethos and ties to climate science denial.19Richard Tice. “Stop the betrayal of Brexit. Join us on the March to Leave.” Conservative Home, March 10, 2019. Archived May 3, 2019. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog. 20Who we are,” Leave Means Leave. Archived February 4, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/7rihv 21Professor Simon Heffer,” University of Buckingham. Archived May 3, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/IORpK

Leave Means Leave is based at 55 Tufton Street in Westminster, a hub of right-wing, free-market organisations, which were accused by a whistle-blower of mounting a coordinated campaign for a “hard Brexit.”22Our Campaign,” Leave Means Leave. Archived October 24, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/OSgms 23Chloe Farand. “Mapped: Whistleblower Accuses Nine Organisations of Colluding over Hard Brexit,” DeSmog, July 23, 2018. Tice also has ties to UK 2020, a think tank set up by Owen Paterson also based at Tufton Street, having spoken at the organisation’s events and written a report for them on higher education in 2017.24Homepage,” Richard Tice website. Archived May 3, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/ZhFnV 25Judith Burns. “Universities run cartel, says think tank,” BBC News, September 3, 2017. Archived May 3, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/bLP29

Tice has written multiple articles for The Telegraph, arguing for a “no deal” Brexit, and is frequently quoted in the Daily Express.26Richard Tice,” The Telegraph. Archived May 3, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/AGErp 27Richard Tice,” Daily Express. Archived May 3, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/hp0qK

According to his website, Tice has been a member of, and donor to, the Conservative Party for much of his adult life.28Donations,” Richard Tice website. Archived April 29, 2019. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog. Tice put himself forward as a Conservative candidate for Mayor of London but failed to make the shortlist.29Mike Phillips. “Exclusive: Major Brexit Campaigner Loses £250M Real Estate Mandate And Sues Colony Over Fees,” Bisnow, August 29, 2018. Archived May 3, 2019. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.

Tice is also close friends with the pro-Brexit Labour MP Kate Hoey, who he has known for almost twenty years, according to Arron Banks’ book, The Bad Boys of Brexit.30Arron Banks. “The Bad Boys of Brexit: Tales of Mischief, Mayhem & Guerrilla Warfare in the EU Referendum Campaign,” Biteback Publishing, October 2016. Archived .png on file at DeSmog.

Tice is the grandson of Bernard Sunley, a major property developer and opencast coal mine owner.31BERNARD SUNLEY, BUILDER, IS DEAD,” New York Times, November 22, 1964. Archived May 3, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/zectY The charitable trust Sunley set up in his name and which is now run by the family makes hundreds of donations each year, including to the controversial Countryside Alliance, which supports fox hunting and has campaigned for the BBC presenter, Chris Packham, to be sacked.32Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation Annual Report 2013: p37,” Bernard Sunley. Archived May 3, 2019. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.

Tice is a vice-chair of Uppingham School, the private boarding school he attended. Conservative MP Alan Duncan is also a trustee of the school.33The Trustees,” Uppingham. Archived May 17, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/0sFYI

Business interests

Tice is CEO of Quidnet Capital, an asset management company based in Mayfair which manages £500m worth of real estate.34Lianna Brinded. “‘Britain should leave the EU because it’s flatlining and not helping its citizens’,” Business Insider, November 11, 2015. Archived May 3, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/vZQFd It was revealed in August 2018 that Quidnet had lost out on a £250m real estate mandate to M7 Real Estate, a rival firm which has been a vocal opponent of Brexit.35Mike Phillips. “Exclusive: Major Brexit Campaigner Loses £250M Real Estate Mandate And Sues Colony Over Fees,” Bisnow, August 29, 2018. Archived May 3, 2019. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.

The Times reported in December 2018 that Quidnet Capital was suing its former partner, Colony Capital, for £6.4m of unpaid fees it alleges it is owed.36Tommy Stubbington. “Brexiteer Richard Tice fights Trump ally for ‘unpaid’ fees,” The Times, December 16, 2018. Archived May 17, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/2SP5p The founder and executive chairman of Colony Capital is Thomas Barrack, a billionaire ally of Donald Trump who chaired the committee overseeing Trump’s inauguration, raising over $100m in donations.37Michael Kranish. “‘He’s better than this,’ says Thomas Barrack, Trump’s loyal whisperer,” Washington Post, October 11, 2017. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.

Tice is also director of numerous other real estate and financial services companies, many based at the same address in Berkeley Street, Mayfair (listed below under Affiliations).38Richard James Sunley TICE,” Companies House. Archived May 17, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/GEsjo They include Bathurst Developments, which has caused controversy for holding land through a Bermuda-based trust, thereby avoiding tax liabilities, and Sunley Property LLP, which Tice runs with at least 7 of his relatives.39READER‘S LETTER: Chesterton development can avoid capital gains tax due to trust in Bermuda,” Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard, September 23, 2017. Archived May 17, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/0aisd 40SUNLEY PROPERTY LLP: People,” Companies House. Archived May 17, 2019. Archive URL: http://archive.fo/RdydX

Stance on Climate Change

May 31, 2024

In an appearance on news programme BBC Breakfast, Tice claimed that net zero policies would make no difference to sea level rise driven by climate change, and implied that volcanoes and the sun were responsible for atmospheric warming.41Simon Evans. “Reality check: the Reform UK party’s claims on the climate crisis examined,” the Guardian, June 4, 2024. Archived Archive URL: https://archive.ph/RTgHQ

Tice told the interviewer:

“Net zero will make zero difference to climate change, as confirmed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, that says if you get to net zero, it’ll make no difference to sea level rise for between 200 and 1,000 years. Actually, what we need to do with climate change – of course, we all care about the environment of the planet – we need to adapt to it. The idea that you can stop the power of the sun or volcanoes is simply ludicrous. Anyone who thinks you can, frankly, you’re misinformed.”

November 25, 2023

Tice posted a video about carbon dioxide on X (formerly Twitter) with the caption: “CO2 isn’t a poison. It’s plant food! We need to challenge the climate change nonsense!”42Richard Tice. “CO2 isn’t a poison. It’s plant food! We need to challenge the climate change nonsense! #ticetake #climatechange #co2 #plantfood,” post from user @TiceRichard, November 25, 2023. Retrieved from twitter.com. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/l29gH

Tice said in the video that without carbon dioxide, we would have “no plants, no food, [and] we all die”.

Tice added: “You’ve got to challenge the mainstream narrative on this. […] [Carbon dioxide] is not a problem. Stop worrying. Stop being scared.”

August 28, 2022

In a TalkTV interview with climate scientist Gerald Kutney, Tice argued: “There are some people who are obviously very highly qualified, but the rest of us should be allowed to be able to debate it shouldn’t we?” 43Richard Tice. “Richard clashes with climate author Gerald Kutney following a Twitter spat in which Gerald labelled Richard “disgraceful”. Richard says “How dare you smear me and label me for being a denier when I’m doing more to reduce emissions than you are!“. Tweet by user @TalkTV. August 28, 2022. Archived August 31, 2022. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog.

Following Kutney’s response, Tice added: “the point is, science is never settled is it? Science evolves because scientists quite properly challenge each other’s conclusions and of course, evidence changes over time”. 

Tice continued:

“I’ve always said that climate change has existed since the year dot and it will continue to exist. I’m a fan of reducing emissions because I want cleaner, quieter cities, I live in them.”

“What I’m not convinced about is that we are facing a climate catastrophe […] no one has presented any science to me that shows that if we get to net zero, if we get there, that that’s gonna make any difference to climate change which is affected by things that are much much bigger than CO2”.

After Tice asked Kutney what car he drives in response to Kutney’s implication that Tice is a climate denier, Tice responded: “How dare you smear me and label me for being a denier when I’m doing more to reduce emissions than you are!”.

August 14, 2022

In a segment titled “The Great Climate Change Hoax”, Tice asked climate denier Brian Catt the question: “We all accept that we’re in a period of global warming, but a lot of people are panicking aren’t they. Are they right to panic?”44Richard Tice. “Physicist Brian Catt says people “do not need to panic” over man made climate change. “What is happening now is almost totally normal“. Tweet by user @TalkTV. August 14, 2022. Archived November 7, 2022. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog.

After Catt criticised what he called climate change “myths created by the UN” and the IPCC’s modelling, referring to it as “GIGO – garbage in, garbage out”, Tice said:

“This is really important folks because this is data. Essentially, the IPCC, they always talk about, we are 1 degree higher than the pre-industrialisation period than 150 years ago, but what you said is, that was the lowest point in the last 10,000 years, so in a sense, that’s why we shouldn’t be panicking and it’s been much warmer in the 2 or 3 previous periods.”

Key Quotes

October 8, 2023

In a “Sunday Sermon” segment on his GB News show, Tice called for two new referendums: one on net zero policies in the UK, and another on the UK’s status as party to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Tice added that he was “absolutely convinced” that if the two referendums were held, “the people would say, ‘scrap net zero, and leave the ECHR'”.45If we had a referendum on net zero and the ECHR, I’m absolutely convinced that the people would say scrap net zero and leave the ECHR.’ @TiceRichard says Westminster is ‘out of touch’ and ‘terrified’ by the British public. GB News on YouTube https://bit.ly/3vAYaw0,” tweet from user @GBNEWS, October 8, 2023. Archived October 10, 2023. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog.

Tice said that he and Nigel Farage “might very well lead those referenda”, and added that prime minister Rishi Sunak’s rejection of the idea of referendum on net zero showed that he was “terrified” of “what the people really want”.

August 28, 2022

During a Talk TV segment titled “Tice’s Sunday Sermon”, Tice argued that the energy and cost of living crisis in the UK was “the result of gross, gross negligence by politicians and by civil servants over the last decade and more, nothing less”.46Richard Tice. “WATCH📺 : @TiceRichard on @talktv this morning discussing our Emergency Energy Plan. “…we have allowed our domestic gas production in the last decade to drop by 43%”. August 28, 2022. Tweet by user @reformparty_uk. Archived November 7, 2022. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog.

Criticising the Conservative Government for not lifting the ban on fracking, Tice said: 

“We’ve allowed our domestic gas production in the last decade to drop by 43 percent even though we’re sitting on huge energy owned by us all […] Brilliant, thanks for that you clueless civil servants, you useless politicians.” 

Tice also advocated for Reform UK’s “Emergency Energy Plan” as a plan “that can resolve this crisis”.

August 25, 2022

In a video live streamed on Reform UK’s Youtube channel titled “Global Energy War – Our plan to solve both the supply and the price crisis in the UK”, Tice criticised politicians and civil servants because “in their foolish negligence, they have chosen not to use” the UK’s “North Sea oil and gas, onshore shale gas, even coal for heaven’s sake” to resolve the energy crisis.47Richard Tice. “Global Energy War – Our plan to solve both the supply and the price crisis in the UK”, August 25, 2022. Archived November 7, 2022. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog.

When addressing the cause of the energy price crisis, Tice argued that:

“All of those who say to you that renewables are cheaper and we need more renewables, they are either deeply misinformed, or misleading you. It is simply not true.”

Later on, he added: “You can’t rely on the wind folks, renewables, because what happens when the wind doesn’t blow? Do we light up the candles? Electricity doesn’t work on the 23 million or so gas boilers in our homes across the country.”

Tice also criticised “the eco-zealots, the anti-shale gas lobby”, who he claimed were “funded indirectly from President Putin so that he could sell more of his own gas”. This claim has been debunked by Desmog. 

Finally, when setting out Reform UK’s Emergency Energy Plan, he said: “we’ve got to accelerate gas and oil exploration in the North Sea […] no more subsidies for renewables […] We’ve got to scrap the windfall tax, because we’ve got to motivate the energy producers, the investors, back into investing in more supply.”

July 27, 2022

During the Conservative leadership election, Tice said that the proposed U-turn in government policy to lift the fracking ban would be “a very good start” for the UK’s energy security. He continued:48Richard Tice. “Both Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak have indicated support for shale gas extraction “if local communities support it”. Ecotricity Founder, Dale Vince: “It’s fools gold. Fracking is a bad idea that nobody wants”. Tweet by user @TalkTV. July 27, 2022. Archived November 7, 2022. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog. 

“We’ve got a huge opportunity here now to have a, literally, a trillion pounds worth of levelling up, by drilling down […] this is in our strategic national interest because we can reduce gas prices and there’s a massive win-win because we can also dramatically reduce the quantity of CO2 by using our own domestic gas as opposed to currently we’re importing almost 50% of the gas we use.”

April 18, 2022

In a Telegraph article titled “Net zero will be new Brexit for Tories, says Richard Tice”, Tice predicted that divisions in the Conservative Party over net zero “will become as big as Brexit or bigger”.49Camilla Turner, “Net zero will be new Brexit for Tories, says Richard Tice”, Telegraph, April 18, 2022. Archived August 31, 2022. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/ucdmP

He also criticised environmentalists and the Conservative Party, saying: “Some Tories in the shires get bamboozled by the green lobby”. 

Discussing the content of Reform UK’s manifesto, Tice said they will be campaigning “for shale gas, and the best way to level up is to use your own energy”.

March 26, 2022

In a GB News appearance after a Reform UK rally was cancelled, Tice explained the party’s approach to net zero policies, saying:50Richard Tice: We are at Everest base camp of the cost of net zero”, Youtube video uploaded by user @GBNews, March 26, 2022. Archived August 20, 2022. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog. 

“Our view is very simple. We all care about the environment, we all want to reduce emissions and have cleaner air, but there must be a discussion about the best way to do that. […] We ought to do our bit. Our concern is that Westminster’s net zero plans is the wrong bit at the wrong price and we are seeing the price as we speak.”

He later added: “We are just at base camp, Everest base camp, of the cost of Net Zero”. 

Explaining why he believed the fracking ban should be lifted, Tice said: 

“Under the UK, we have this wonderful thing called shale gas, and it’s incredibly valuable. In fact it’s so valuable, it’s to the value of the country’s mortgage. All the national debt […] Imagine how easy life would be for the Chancellor when he’s giving the Spring statement if he doesn’t have to worry about the finances because all of this value has been created and extracted”.

He continued: “We should be using shale gas”, but claimed that fracking had been thwarted by “vested interests” such as the Russian state who, he argued, funded “many of the environmental lobby groups” because “Russia wanted to make Europe dependent on its gas”.

DeSmog has reported that the claim Russia had supported anti-fracking protesters stemmed from an unsubstantiated remark from 2014 by the then NATO secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen.51Adam Barnett. “Media Repeats Kremlin Anti-Fracking Claims – While Ignoring Russia’s Promotion of Climate Denial,” DeSmog, March 25, 2022. 52Fiona Harvey. “Russia ‘secretly working with environmentalists to oppose fracking’,” The Guardian, June 19, 2014. Archived January 24, 2023. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/tp8qs Rasmussen said that Russia had “actively engaged” with environmental groups opposing shale gas “to maintain European dependence on imported Russian gas”. Rasmussen, a supporter of fracking, declined to give evidence at the time, saying: “That is my interpretation.”

Tice also said that 25 percent of electricity bills were environmental levies, which he described as “subsidies to rich, mainly overseas investors, wealthy landowners taking money from the poor and giving it to the already wealthy”.

December 14, 2018

In an article published by The Telegraph, Tice advocated Britain adopting World Trade Organisation rules:53Richard Tice. “Time for the Prime Minister to pursue a “World Trade” Brexit,” The Telegraph, December 14, 2018. Archived May 3, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/UIg1Y

Far from the panto-dramatics language of no deals and cliff edges used by the anti-Brexit gang, a World Trade deal simply means we will continue to trade with the EU and like most other countries around the world, we will do so under World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules.”

March 29, 2017

In an article published by The Telegraph, Tice wrote:54Richard Tice. “Of course no deal is better than a bad deal – I hope Theresa May has not abandoned this stance,” The Telegraph, March 29, 2017. Archived May 3, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/LiT0u

Let’s be clear, no deal is better than a bad deal, WTO rules are fine as a base case but of course the Government is right to try for a win-win trade deal with the EU. However suggestions that we should do any deal at whatever cost is unpatriotic and against Britain’s interests.”

November 11, 2015

According to Business Insider, Tice told Bloomberg:55Lianna Brinded. “‘Britain should leave the EU because it’s flatlining and not helping its citizens’,” Business Insider, November 11, 2015. Archived May 3, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/vZQFd

The biggest risk is staying in something that, frankly, is flatlining and not helping its citizens… I don’t think there’d be any disruption at all. This is not cataclysmic.”

Key Deeds

In a press conference, party leader Richard Tice spoke about Reform UK’s platform ahead of the 2024 general election, including net zero.56Bring On The Election! | Reform UK Press Conference,” YouTube video uploaded by user Reform TV, January 3, 2024. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog.

Tice called for a cut to fuel duty, “thousands” of EU regulations, and to “freeze non-essential immigration”.

He also said the government needs to “scrap” net zero targets, saying:

“We’ve got to scrap the totally job-destroying, trillion pound cost of net zero. Just that alone will make people better off; that alone will ease the cost of living crisis. I talk about the betrayal of Labour against the working class. Net zero every week, every month is destroying thousands of skilled manufacturing jobs – steel jobs, automotive jobs. They’ve [Labour] betrayed their own people. Only Reform UK now is the party of the working class, who will stop mass immigration, who will scrap net zero, who will help solve the cost of living crisis.”

June 21, 2023

In an appearance on GB News shared on X by Tice’s political party Reform UK, Tice said that the UK had the “highest electricity costs in the western world”, adding: “This is the price of Net Zero.”57Reform UK. ““This is the price of Net Zero. Be under no illusion…” WATCH: @TiceRichard on @GBNews discussing today’s inflation figures.,” Tweet from user @reformparty_uk, June 21, 2023. Retrieved from twitter.com. Archived June 27, 2023. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/q6CtJ

June 20, 2023

Alongside a clip of TalkTV host Mike Graham talking about polling regarding net zero policies, Tice tweeted that Reform UK was the only political party that “stands against the madness of Net Zero which is making us poorer & colder”.58Richard Tice. “Only @reformparty_uk stands against the madness of Net Zero which is making us poorer & colder It is therefore Net Stupid,” tweet from user @TiceRichard, June 20, 2023. Retrieved from twitter.com. Archived June 27, 2023. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/bAb2L

May 30, 2023

In response to a report from news outlet The Irish Independent that the Irish government may cull cows to meet its climate goals, Tice tweeted that “Net Zero cultists want to kill 200,000 cows to be in order to meet climate targets”, calling them “mad killers”.59Richard Tice. “The Net Zero cultists want to kill 200,000 cows to be in order to meet climate targets They are mad killers. Nothing more nothing less We will take on this madness & we will win,” tweet from user @TiceRichard, May 30, 2023. Retrieved from twitter.com. Archived June 13, 2023. Archive URL:

A representative from the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine stated that the paper from which the figure was drawn was “part of a deliberative process” and “one of a number of modelling documents considered by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and is not a final policy decision”.60Shauna Corr. “Department of Agriculture responds and says report 200,000 cattle to be cut over emissions ‘not final policy’,” Irish Mirror, June 1, 2023. Archived June 13, 2023. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.

May 28, 2023

In response to a Twitter user who shared Euronews article about decarbonising cities, Tice tweeted:61Richard Tice. “Oi Lady, what happens when you get to zero carbon? Climate change does not stop…. It has been around for millions years… Less CO2 = less plant growth = less, more expensive food And zero evidence will make any difference to warming,” tweet from @TiceRichard, May 28, 2023. Retrieved from twitter.com. Archived June 13, 2023. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/IEPeb

May 24, 2023

Speaking on GB News, Tice said that television presenter Gary Lineker had “no idea what he’s talking about with regard to the climate debate” and was “deliberately scaring young people” about climate change.62Ben Chapman. “Gary Lineker eco ‘nonsense’ contributing to mental health crisis, claims Richard Tice,” GB News, May 24, 2023. Archived May 24, 2023. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/xHHPY

Tice told fellow GB News host Dan Wootton: “[Lineker] has not a clue what he is talking about. The man is a clown.”

Tice added that “there is no climate crisis, there is no climate emergency, it’s absolutely absurd,” and stated: “They’re deliberately scaring young people in the same way Boris Johnson scared people with lockdowns.”

April 17, 2023

Tice called net zero policies “criminally negligent” as part of a speech relaunching Reform UK, and said that accountancy consulting firm KPMG had estimated net zero policies would cost British households £1,000 per year.63Richard Tice. “Net Zero is criminally negligent to this country. If you agree, join us at @reformparty_uk loom.ly/fvkmrzs,” tweet from user @TiceRichard, April 17, 2023. Retrieved from twitter.com. Archived June 14, 2023. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/MCMvg

Tice was referring to an article in the Telegraph — which he said was evidence that “Net Zero makes us poorer & colder — in which KPMG’s chief economist “said that energy bills were likely to remain around 93pc higher over the next decade than in the two years before Russia invaded Ukraine, which fuelled a surge in wholesale gas prices”.64Eir Nolsøe and Matt Oliver. “Net zero race will mean high energy bills for up to a decade, warns KPMG,” The Telegraph, March 27, 2023. Archived April 14, 2023. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/OddYu 65Richard Tice. “BREAKING: KPMG confirm Net Zero will circa double energy bills for up to decade About £1,000 per year for average household Net Zero makes us poorer & colder US, China & Russia laughing at our stupidity not using our own oil & gas energy treasure,” tweet from user @TiceRichard, March 27, 2023. Retrieved from twitter.com. Archived March 27, 2023. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/Zat6G

January 31, 2023

Tice opened a new Reform UK campaign office in Hartlepool, where he stood as the Brexit Party candidate in 2019, with the intention of standing to be the town’s MP in the next general election.66Daniel Hordon. “Reform UK leader Richard Tice opens office in Hartlepool,” The Northern Echo, February 1, 2023. Archived February 4, 2023. Archive URL:

January 4, 2023

In a speech relaunching the party, Tice announced that Reform UK would field a candidate against every Conservative in the next general election.67Peter Walker. “Reform UK to field candidate against every Tory at next election, says leader,” The Guardian, January 4, 2023. Archived June 13, 2023. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/1Ry0X Tice claimed that the party already had 600 candidates in place.

September 2, 2022

Tice tweeted an article by Paul Homewood, a retired accountant and climate blogger, which claimed “while it is true that summers now are warmer on average than a few decades ago, there is no evidence whatsoever that individual summers are getting hotter”.68Richard Tice. “Calm down… Summer 22 only 4th daytime warmest over 140 yrs, only 5th driest over 180 yrs Does not feel like climate emergency No doubt some lovely folk will show us why we should all panic” Tweet by @TiceRichard, September 7, 2022. Archived September 5, 2022. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/y7Y4t 

In his caption, Tice wrote “Calm down […] Does not feel like climate emergency. No doubt some lovely folk will show us why we should all panic”.

March 6, 2022

Tice tweeted that “climate change happened for last million years & next million years. Multiple periods of warming then cooling”, adding that the UK is “right to reduce emissions for cleaner air but let’s do affordably sensibly by using [our] own shale treasure alongside new tech”.69Stan climate change happened for last million years & next million years. Multiple periods of warming then cooling.Right to reduce emissions for cleaner air but let’s do affordably sensibly by using own shale treasure alongside new tech.,” tweet by @RichardTice, March 6, 2022. Retrieved from twitter.com. Archived February 6, 2022. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/My6a0

February 10, 2022

Tice spoke on a panel hosted by CAR26, a climate science denial group that has questioned the need for net zero policies, and claimed politicians were trying to make money out of what he called the “green agenda”.70CAR26 Forum 10th February,” YouTube video uploaded by user CAR26. Archived May 9, 2022. Archived .mp4 on file at DeSmog.

November 14, 2021

In an exclusive interview with Breitbart London, Tice said that China and Russia were “literally laughing” at the UK’s green policies, including the government’s goal to reach net zero emissions by 2050.71Kurt Zindulka. “Exclusive – China and Russia Laughing at Boris Johnson’s ‘Net-Stupid’ Green Agenda: Richard Tice,” Breitbart, November 14, 2021. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.

Tice also called for the resumption of fracking in the UK, and said the government had not allowed the practice because they had been “cowardly” in their response to “a couple of eco-zealots and eco-bullies”.

October 19, 2021

In an interview with the New Statesman, Tice stated that the UK is “more likely to have an energy lockdown than a Covid lockdown”, and warned that rising gas prices could lead to a “30-40 per cent chance that the government will be forcing big energy users to shut down one or two days a week”.72Anoosh Chakelian and Phil Clarke Hill. “‘Fighting culture wars won’t pay the bills’: Reform UK’s Richard Tice on life after Nigel Farage,” New Statesman, October 19, 2021. Archived June 13, 2023. Archive URL: https://archive.ph/dLJcy

Tice also said the government should abandon its net zero targets, calling them “net stupid”.

April 12, 2019

The Brexit Party, which Tice chairs, was formerly launched.73Benjamin Fox. “Brits are ‘lions led by donkeys’, Farage says at his Brexit party launch,” Euractiv, April 12, 2019. Archived May 17, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/UCuRi

July 27, 2017

Tice tweeted in support of President Donald Trump’s Director of Communications, Anthony Scaramucci, who was fired after just ten days in the job.74Awesome new Trump hire! Watch Emily squirm as open hearted businesslike approach wins over silly chicken questions.” Tweet by @TiceRichard on July 27, 2017. Archived .png on file at DeSmog.

August 2015

Tice co-founded Leave.EU with businessman Arron Banks. The group was originally named “The Know” and rebranded when an amended referendum question was proposed.75Greg Heffer. “Leave.EU fined £70,000 and campaign chief referred to police over EU referendum spend,” Sky News, May 11, 2018. Archived May 3, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/Q11fw

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