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As ministers prepare to make decision on application to lift the ban, pressure is building to keep neonicotinoids off Cambridgeshire’s fields this summer

Neonicotinoids have been restricted across the Europe Union since 2013 due to mounting evidence that they pose a risk to bees. Bees are responsible for pollinating two thirds of the food we eat. But the National Farmers Union (NFU) has applied to the government to lift the ban in some parts of the country. Ministers are currently considering their application.

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Daniel Zeichner MP, who is vice president of the Cambridgeshire bee keepers association and a species champion for the Ruderal bumblebee took the pledge to oppose the lifting of the ban at a Parliamentary event organised by Friends of the Earth.

He said: “The message is loud and clear from people in Cambridge: keep the ban on bee harming pesticides.”

Sandra Bell, The Bee Cause campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said: “Bees are essential for pollinating our crops - we can’t afford to gamble with their future. The Government must keep these dangerous pesticides out of our fields.”

Government Bee-Ware: Cambridge MP vows to keep ban on bee harming pesticides

As ministers prepare to make decision on application to lift the ban, pressure is building to keep neonicotinoids off Cambridgeshire’s fields this summer Neonicotinoids have been restricted across the Europe...

Cambridge Stop The War Coalition’s petition was today handed in to the Ministry of Defence by local MP Daniel Zeichner.

The 700+ strong petition urges the government to 'Stop bombing Syria'.
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Daniel Zeichner MP said: “Today I wanted to personally show the Government that the people of Cambridge are against this war. I voted against extending airstrikes to Syria in December as I did not believe the Prime Minister had made anything like a compelling case, and sadly, I think the continuing violence in Syria rather proves the point.

The fight against ISIL/Daesh is not a conventional war. Air strikes against an insurgent terrorist organisation well versed in guerilla warfare are unlikely to be effective, and can be lethal to civilians, and counter-productive. 

This is, of course, an extremely complex and rapidly changing situation and there is no easy solution to the threat ISIL/Daesh pose, but I remain convinced that the UK should not be participating in the bombing campaign in Syria.” 

Cambridge petition delivered to MOD

Cambridge Stop The War Coalition’s petition was today handed in to the Ministry of Defence by local MP Daniel Zeichner. The 700+ strong petition urges the government to 'Stop bombing...

Labour has today launched its referendum short campaign. What happens in Cambridge between now and 23rd June will play a decisive role in the result.

Labour is clear that Britain is better off in Europe. Our membership of the European Union brings us jobs, growth and investment, protects British workers and consumers and helps keep us safe. Leaving would put that at risk and diminish Britain’s influence in the world.

Britain’s EU membership supports jobs, investment and growth and makes us better off:
Over three million British jobs are linked to our trade with the EU.
The EU is by far the UK’s largest trading partner and the world’s largest single market.

Almost half of our exports go to EU countries, worth over £220 billion a year to the UK economy, and over 200,000 British companies export to the EU.
We receive an average of £24 billion of investment every year from other EU countries, the equivalent of £66 million per day.

Official Treasury figures show that households would, on average, be worse off by around £4,300 a year if Britain left the EU.

 

Labour is kicking off a campaign which will be active across the country making the positive case for why Britain is better off in. The Labour In for Britain campaign bus – which has been unveiled today – will be travelling to over 100 UK towns and cities to make Labour’s case for Britain to Remain in Europe. 

Here in Cambridge we will be taking this vital message onto the streets. Join us by contacting daniel@cambridgelabour.org.uk or visiting www.cambridgelabour.org.uk/volunteer

Labour is in for Britain

Labour has today launched its referendum short campaign. What happens in Cambridge between now and 23rd June will play a decisive role in the result. Labour is clear that Britain...


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