MP Mike Hancock welcomes European ban

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A PORTSMOUTH MP has welcomed a European-wide ban on the use of nerve-agent pesticides.

The European Union has put a two-year ban on the chemicals because of the impact they’ve had on the bee population.

Mike Hancock, who represents the south of Portsmouth, said the move was a victory for wildlife.

‘This really is great news, not just for British wildlife but also the global bee population,’ he said. ‘Despite their size, bees really do play an important role in not just pollination, but also by contributing over £18.5bn annually to European agriculture.

‘All steps should be taken to ensure their survival and flourishing.’

The UK was one of the eight countries which voted against the ban. More than 300,000 people signed a petition and a protest was staged at Parliament.