MPS ARE BUZZING WITH EXCITEMENT AT THE LAUNCH OF THE APPG FOR BEES
13.01.2016 for immediate release: Huw Merriman, Member of Parliament for Bexhill and Battle, has launched the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Bees. The inaugural meeting was held on 9th December in the Houses of Parliament and was well attended with MPs from different parts of the political spectrum coming together to support the group.
Huw, who was elected as chair of the group, said: “It is a huge privilege to be elected chair and I am delighted that we have been able to create this group which will enable us to inform Parliamentarians about the essential role which 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 be providing support to the group. Mr Lovett, Public Affairs Director for the BBKA, said: “We are really pleased to see the group launched and are looking forward to playing an active role in supporting the group and giving its members a better understanding of the issues facing bees and pollinators. We will be working with Mr Merriman and the group to develop a future programme of enlightening and interesting events for the group.”
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 2nd December, he chaired a meeting of the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology (POST) where academics and specialist 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 said: “It is great to see the level of focus which bees and pollinators are getting in Parliament. Ensuring the success and survival of pollinators is vital to mankind and our planet. For there to be so many MPs sharing a concern and interest in Parliament is encouraging. I hope with the launch of the group we can keep bees and pollinators firmly on the Parliamentary agenda.”