Drive to save bees backed by York MP Hugh Bayley

MP Hugh Bayley with the giant bumble bee

MP Hugh Bayley with the giant bumble bee

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A YORK MP has backed Friends of the Earth campaigners as they highlight the “alarming” decline in the UK’s bee population.

The group launched its Bee Cause drive, which has now been supported by more than 80,000 people, last year and has called on the Government to introduce a national action plan to ensure the insects have enough flowers to feed on and places to nest.

They also want to see a reduction in chemicals which are harmful to bees and for all species to be protected, regardless of whether they make honey.

York Central MP Hugh Bayley joined the campaigners – and a giant bumble bee character – at the House of Commons to voice his own concerns.

Mr Bayley said: “Bees are an iconic part of the countryside and play a vital role in pollinating crops and flowers.

“I have been pressing the Government for months to introduce a National Bee Action Plan to improve the health of our bees, and just before Christmas I wrote about pesticides which are thought to be harming bees. I will continue to do all I can to help protect Britain’s bees.”

Andy Atkins, Friends of the Earth’s executive director, said he was “delighted” to receive Mr Bayley’s support. He said: “Bees are under severe threat and need all the support they can get.”

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12:32pm Sat 19 Jan 13

pedalling paul says...

I remeber a poem about a bee keeper from the scottish town of Effen, near Edinburgh, which is famous for its bees. It begins,
He kept bees in the Scot’s town of Effen
An Effen bee keeper was he
When one day this Effen bee keeper
Got stung by a big Effen bee!!!!!

Need I continue.......
I remeber a poem about a bee keeper from the scottish town of Effen, near Edinburgh, which is famous for its bees. It begins, He kept bees in the Scot’s town of Effen An Effen bee keeper was he When one day this Effen bee keeper Got stung by a big Effen bee!!!!! Need I continue....... pedalling paul
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4:03pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Older Sometimes Wiser says...

As ever the foolish and ignorant are responding, another Effen Prat perhaps?
Without bees agriculture fails. poor pollination, reduced reproduction, less plants, less food.. Whereas the human population rises inexorably!
One would have thought that Farmer Sturdy MP would have joined up with Hugh Bayley on this campaign but political rivalry reigns.
As ever the foolish and ignorant are responding, another Effen Prat perhaps? Without bees agriculture fails. poor pollination, reduced reproduction, less plants, less food.. Whereas the human population rises inexorably! One would have thought that Farmer Sturdy MP would have joined up with Hugh Bayley on this campaign but political rivalry reigns. Older Sometimes Wiser
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5:07pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Mr Anderson says...

If all the worlds bees dropped dead today. The planet would die within four years.
If all the worlds bees dropped dead today. The planet would die within four years. Mr Anderson
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8:24am Sun 20 Jan 13

oi oi savaloy says...

Shame it's not a drive to save railway/engineering jobs in York! But huge isn't interested in that is he!!?? Just another photo opportunity and expense claim for him ...... And I doubt he'll do much help for the bees or the beer than just pose for the camera
Shame it's not a drive to save railway/engineering jobs in York! But huge isn't interested in that is he!!?? Just another photo opportunity and expense claim for him ...... And I doubt he'll do much help for the bees or the beer than just pose for the camera oi oi savaloy
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11:00am Sun 20 Jan 13

chunks says...

I'm not convinced that he does much other than have his photo in The Press publicising his support of something politically safe. I'm not aware of him supporting anything of any particular importance. But there again, he's in a safe Labour seat!
I'm not convinced that he does much other than have his photo in The Press publicising his support of something politically safe. I'm not aware of him supporting anything of any particular importance. But there again, he's in a safe Labour seat! chunks
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8:54pm Sun 20 Jan 13

nearlyman says...

Older Sometimes Wiser wrote:
As ever the foolish and ignorant are responding, another Effen Prat perhaps?
Without bees agriculture fails. poor pollination, reduced reproduction, less plants, less food.. Whereas the human population rises inexorably!
One would have thought that Farmer Sturdy MP would have joined up with Hugh Bayley on this campaign but political rivalry reigns.
Perhaps the friends of the earth did not invite him to the photo shoot............but i am sure he is more aware of the issue than photo opportunity bayley ever will be,
[quote][p][bold]Older Sometimes Wiser[/bold] wrote: As ever the foolish and ignorant are responding, another Effen Prat perhaps? Without bees agriculture fails. poor pollination, reduced reproduction, less plants, less food.. Whereas the human population rises inexorably! One would have thought that Farmer Sturdy MP would have joined up with Hugh Bayley on this campaign but political rivalry reigns.[/p][/quote]Perhaps the friends of the earth did not invite him to the photo shoot............but i am sure he is more aware of the issue than photo opportunity bayley ever will be, nearlyman
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7:59am Mon 21 Jan 13

desmond tiblets says...

At last our mp earning his wages.He will get all the bees votes.Unlike all those who have lost there jobs in engineering in York!!!
At last our mp earning his wages.He will get all the bees votes.Unlike all those who have lost there jobs in engineering in York!!! desmond tiblets
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