As ministers prepare to make decision on application to lift the ban, pressure builds to keep neonicotinoids off our fields this summer.
Holly has added her name to a growing list of MPs who are opposed to lifting of the ban on bee harming pesticides.
Neonicotinoids have been restricted across Europe since 2013 due to mounting evidence that they pose a risk to bees. Bees are responsible for pollinating two thirds of the food we eat. But the National Farmers Union (NFU) has applied to the government to lift the ban in some parts of the country. Ministers are currently considering their application.
Holly took the pledge to oppose the lifting of the ban at a Parliamentary event held this week, organised by 38 Degrees and Friends of the Earth. MPs heard new evidence from scientists and from a Lincolnshire farmer who had stopped using these pesticides before the ban. Holly said:
"We must keep the ban on bee harming pesticides. I have listened to the concerns of the many people who wrote to me on this matter and I’ll be making my opposition very clear in parliament to any plan to lift the ban.”
As ministers prepare to make decision on application to lift the ban, pressure builds to keep neonicotinoids off our fields this summer. Holly has added her name to a...
Halifax Minster opened its doors to 80 school children from across Halifax on Friday 13th May, to celebrate World Fairtrade Day at a Fairtrade Conference organised by Holly and run by Fairandfunky.
The event is part of Holly's campaign to achieve Fairtrade Town status for Halifax. Holly said:
“The campaign to make Halifax a Fairtrade town includes our schools; the conference is a great way to start conversations with our young people about Fairtrade and how we can give a helping hand, through trade rather than aid, to some of the world’s most vulnerable people.”
The conference brought together 9 primary schools from across Calderdale, to celebrate and learn about Fairtrade; it is the first schools conference in Calderdale to combine Fairtrade and the arts, offering innovative learning for students.
The 80 school children attending the event enjoyed a range of interactive workshops with leading practitioners Sea Pie Parcel, Pockets Theatre, Liberation Nuts and Fairandfunky, using Fairtrade as a tool for learning, integrating with curriculum subjects such as drama, music and geography.
Empowering people to take little steps to change the world, fairandfunky delivers interactive and creative workshops on global themes to schools and community groups.
The Director of Fairandfunky Helen Robinson said:
“We’re thrilled to celebrate World Fairtrade Day in Halifax.
"The conference at Halifax Minster is a wonderful opportunity for Fairtrade to become alive and real to the children of Calderdale and inspire the next generation to make change.”
The conference also links local businesses with Fairtrade, welcoming Suma Wholefoods as a Conference Partner. Nigel Kaye, Co-op member at Suma Wholefoods said:
“We strongly believe in Fairtrade at Suma and we’re keen to help spread the word so were delighted with the opportunity to support the fairandfunky conference and educate the young of Calderdale.”
Halifax Minster opened its doors to 80 school children from across Halifax on Friday 13th May, to celebrate World Fairtrade Day at a Fairtrade Conference organised by Holly and run...
A local journalism student has released a short film showing the impact of the Boxing Day floods and the hard work of Holly and local volunteers in dealing with the aftermath.
Last year Calvin Robinson, a Halifax film student studying at the University of Lincoln, decided that he wanted to produce a film as part of his university degree looking at how political decisions taken in Westminster effect people’s lives in Calderdale.
He approached Holly who agreed to take part in the project allowing Calvin and his team to film in Westminster and to join her in her constituency.
However just as Calvin was to begin filming Calderdale was hit by the worst floods in living memory and he decided that he wanted to tell the story of the floods and how they affected his local area.
His film, called Fighting the Floods, was released this week. It explores how Holly tackled the issue of flooding in Westminster, raising the issue in debates and working to ensure that the government response delivered for the area.
It also features Rev Angela Dick and Peter Henry of Christ Church in Sowerby Bridge who describe how their church became a hub for community volunteers and support. It received a special screening at Christ Church this week
Holly has praised Calvin on the film. She said:
“Calvin asked me to take part in his film about the Boxing Day floods. He has just released his short but powerful film and it’s great to see the result of his hard work over the last few months.
“He really captures the sense of devastation after the floods, but also the hope and community spirit that got us through the worst.
“Well done Calvin – I’m sure you have a bright future ahead of you in journalism.”
A local journalism student has released a short film showing the impact of the Boxing Day floods and the hard work of Holly and local volunteers in dealing with the...