Luke has written to the Government asking them to reverse lifting the ban on bee-killing pesticides, known as neonicotinoids. Neonicotinoids are seriously harmful to Britain’s dwindling bee populations and damage biodiversity. The Conservative Party had previously committed to upholding the ban in 2017.
The lifting of the ban is a worrying indication that the Government may rollback other hard-won environmental gains following Britain’s exit from the EU. On Tuesday, there were also reports that Britain will continue to allow plastic waste to be exported to developing countries, a move that breaks another Conservative promise on banning the practice.
Commenting on the pesticide issue, Luke said:
“The ban on bee-killing pesticides must remain in place to protect bees and our natural environment.
“Labour supports our farmers but ending this ban is not the solution to helping farmers address crop blight. The Government must show its commitment to protecting our wildlife and biodiversity and reverse its decision.”