MPs pledge to protect bees

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The borough’s two Labour MPs have proved they are the “bees’knees” after speaking out against proposed plans to temporarily lift a ban on bee-harming pesticides.

Jarrow’s Stephen Hepburn and South Shields’ Emma Lewell-Buck made the declarations as government ministers look at requests to let dangerous pesticides – known as neonicotinoids – back into UK soil this autumn.

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Thousands of emails were sent to MPs across the country, asking them to speak to Environment Minister Liz Truss, urging her to keep the ban.

It was voted for by European governments in 2013 after numerous scientific studies found that certain pesticides were particularly harmful to bees.

Mr Hepburn said: “I’m committed to doing all I can as an MP to protect bees in the UK – and speaking up to make sure this ban on bee-harming pesticides is kept in place is critical.

“This is an issue that lots of us care about – so the government needs to keep the ban in place.”