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West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has committed to protect bees in the UK, speaking out against proposed plans to temporarily lift a ban on bee-harming pesticides.
MP Rosie made the declaration as government ministers look at requests to let dangerous pesticides - known as neonicotinoids - back into UK soil this autumn, despite clear evidence about how much damage they do to our bees.
Recent figures show that bees contribute £651 million to the UK economy each year - up 51% since 2007. For instance 85% of the UK’s apple crops and 45% of our strawberry crop relies on bees to grow.
Over 380,000 38 Degrees members signed a petition urging MPs to keep the pesticides off British fields. Thousands of emails were sent to MPs across the country by their constituents, asking them to speak to Environment Minister Liz Truss, urging her to keep the ban.
The ban was voted for by European governments in 2013 after numerous scientific studies found that certain pesticides were particularly harmful to bees. Since then even more studies have supported the need for this ban.
Rosie Cooper MP says:
“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.
“This is an issue that lots of us in West Lancashire care about - so the government needs to keep the ban in place - and deny emergency authorisation for these pesticides this autumn.”
38 Degrees campaigner Megan Bentall said:
“It’s good to see so many MPs commit to keeping the ban in place.
“Hundreds of thousands of us are asking why the government is even considering allowing harmful pesticides back on British fields. We're calling for Environment Minister Liz Truss and the government to keep the ban on bee-killing pesticides, with no exceptions.”
Friends of the Earth Bees Campaigner Dave Timms said:
“Bees are crucial for our food and farming. The scientific evidence is growing all the time about the need to protect our much loved bees from these dangerous pesticides. It’s vital the Government keeps them out of our fields and gardens for good.”
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has committed to protect bees in the UK, speaking out against proposed plans to temporarily lift a ban on bee-harming pesticides.MP Rosie made the declaration...
In Parliamentary Questions to Communities and Local Government Ministers, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper challenged the government’s commitment to localism in practice having granted permission for Whitemoss landfill site in the face of enormous local opposition.
In mid-May the Communities Secretary, Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, granted permission to allow 20 more years of hazardous waste-dumping at the Skelmersdale site. In doing so he ignored the voices of thousands of local residents who had signed petitions and taken to the streets in a protest march, the previous planning refusals and objections of Lancashire County Council and West Lancashire Borough, and the opposition of the Member of Parliament.
MP Rosie challenged the Planning Minister, Brandon Lewis MP on how he could justify his claims his government supported localism given their rejection of such strong local opposition to any further extensions to the size and lifetime of the Whitemoss landfill site.
MP Rosie said:
“In recent weeks the Communities Secretary has announced that local residents will have the final say on wind farm applications in their areas.
“As we have seen with Whitemoss and other planning matters whilst this government talks about the importance of localism and residents having a say in practice they ignore it when it doesn’t suit them.
“It is a disgrace that the Communities Secretary chose to ignore residents and their elected representatives’ opposition to the plans.
“This highlights the double standards of this Conservative government.
“As we are within the six-week window for a judicial review submission which could change the decision the Minister hid behind this to avoid answering to why he had failed the residents of West Lancashire.”
11. Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire) (Lab): What steps his Department is taking to ensure that localism is prioritised in the decision-making process for nationally significant infrastructure projects. 
The Minister for Housing and Planning (Brandon Lewis): The nationally significant infrastructure planning system strikes a fair and effective balance between two important needs: the national need for infrastructure to underpin growth and sustainability, and the need to address community concerns and maximise local benefits from investment.
Rosie Cooper: I thank the Minister for that non-answer. I would like him to explain to the residents of West Lancashire why, despite the Government’s claim to support localism in the planning process, permission was granted to dump hazardous waste for 20 more years at Whitemoss landfill, for which there was no demonstrable need, either local or regional, and which was opposed by thousands of local residents, the borough council, the county council and me as the local MP. Surely this means—
Brandon Lewis: Thank you, Mr Speaker, and I thank the hon. Lady for her gracious comments. As she probably realises, that planning application is still within the six-week period during which a decision can be challenged. It would be inappropriate for me to comment on a specific scheme, owing to the quasi-judicial nature of planning.
In Parliamentary Questions to Communities and Local Government Ministers, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper challenged the government’s commitment to localism in practice having granted permission for Whitemoss landfill site in...
Following the decision of Lancashire County Council to reject the fracking planning application, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“Lancashire County Council members took a brave decision but ultimately the right decision for the residents and communities of Lancashire.
“Being opposed to fracking and having voted for a moratorium I wholeheartedly support this decision.
“No doubt this is not the end of the fight. It is important that residents’ voices continue to be heard over the interests of big business. I will continue to work to work with local residents and campaign groups opposed to fracking.”
Following the decision of Lancashire County Council to reject the fracking planning application, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:“Lancashire County Council members took a brave decision but ultimately the right...
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