Protest causes a buzz at UK Parliament

2013-04-27 06:55
British fashion designers Vivienne Westwood and Katharine Hamnett on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street. (Alastair Grant, AP)

British fashion designers Vivienne Westwood and Katharine Hamnett on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street. (Alastair Grant, AP)

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London - Scores of worried beekeepers - and a brace of fashionistas - have gathered outside Britain's Parliament in a bid to convince the government to back a ban on pesticides that have been blamed for a worrying drop in bee populations.

The demonstrators say they hope to influence Britain's vote next week on a proposed EU ban on some pesticides.

Some wore beekeepers' protective costumes or bright bee-like stripes to underscore their point.

Researcher Robert Mitton said on Friday there has been a "rapid decline" in bee population and diversity since the pesticides came into use in the 1990s.

Fashion designers Vivienne Westwood and Katharine Hamnett delivered a petition supporting the ban to Prime Minister David Cameron's residence.

The British government has previously abstained from votes on the EU proposal.

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