Steve McCabe MP has a bee in his bonnet over government plans to lift ban on bee-harming pesticides

Steve McCabe MP has committed to protect bees in the UK, speaking out against proposed government plans to temporarily lift a ban on bee-harming pesticides.

Steve joined campaigners to voice their concern as government ministers look at requests to let dangerous pesticides - known as neonicotinoids - back into UK soil this autumn, despite clear evidence of how much damage they do to our bees.

It is believed that bees are worth up to £651 million to the UK economy each year, 85% of the UK’s apple crops and 45% of our strawberry crop relies on bees to grow.

In recent weeks over 380,000 people have signed a petition urging MPs to keep the pesticides off British fields. Thousands of emails were sent to MPs across the country by their constituents, asking them to speak to Environment Minister Liz Truss, urging her to keep the ban.

The ban was voted for by European governments in 2013 after numerous scientific studies found that certain pesticides were particularly harmful to bees. Since then even more studies have supported the need for this ban.

Steve said:

"Overturning the ban on bee-harming neonicotinoids would be a terrible idea. Bees play a vital role in many of our food production industries and government should be doing all it can to maintain and protect current bee populations in Britain. This is an issue that lots of people here in Selly Oak and across the country really care about.”

Friends of the Earth Bees Campaigner Dave Timms said:

“Bees are crucial for our food and farming. The scientific evidence is growing all the time about the need to protect our much loved bees from these dangerous pesticides. It’s vital the Government keeps them out of our fields and gardens for good.”

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