Heathfield MP Huw Merriman has launched the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Bees.
The first meeting was held last month and was well attended with MPs from across the political spectrum in support.
Huw said: “It is a huge privilege to be elected chair and I am delighted we have been able to create this group which will enable us to inform Parliament about the essential role bees, pollinators and beekeepers play in food production and the environment.”
MPs also heard from Tim Lovett and David Aston, President of the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) who will support the group. BBKA spokesman Mr Lovett said: “We are really pleased to see the group launched and look forward to playing an active role in support and giving members a better understanding of issues facing bees and pollinators. We will work with Mr Merriman and the group to develop a future programme of enlightening and interesting events.”
The launch of the All-Party Group is the culmination of a number of recent events Huw has taken part in to promote bees and pollinators. On December 2, he chaired a meeting of the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology (POST) where academics and specialists in the area of pollination outlined the importance of pollinators to agriculture and the risks posed to them. He also helped commission a recent Parliamentary debate which was held in response to an e-petition from 100,000 members of the public where the new group was warmly welcomed by MPs.
Huw added: “It’s great to see the focus bees and pollinators are getting in Parliament.
Ensuring success and survival of pollinators is vital to mankind and our planet. For so many MPs to share concern and interest is encouraging. I hope with the group we can keep bees and pollinators firmly on the Parliamentary agenda.”
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