The MP 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 of 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 toEnvironment 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.

Stephen Hepburn MP said:

“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 is critical. This is an issue that lots of us care about - so the government needs to keep the ban in place - and deny emergency authorisation for these pesticides this autumn.”

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Stephen Hepburn has served the Jarrow Constituency as MP since 1997.

He was last elected to serve in June 2017 and won the seat with a conclusive 17,263 majority.

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