It's not a niche concern. In addition to an incalculably valuable role in maintaining whole ecosystems, bees and other pollinators boost the yield and quality of UK crops by £400million - £680million every year, and are a critically important part of our thriving £100billion food industry.
I'm standing to be Mayor to take that huge success we've seen under Boris, and make it work for all Londoners... Between now and the close of polls I'll be campaigning with everything I have. With your help, I will make Greater London, greater still.
A backbench MP is paid to do two things - hold the government to account and vote in a way that is good for the people they represent. The present structures ensure they do neither, and the effect is that decisions taken by a very small number of politicians are subjected to virtually no scrutiny at all.
05/07/2011 12:24 BST
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