Smokers in Whitehall!
Tim Lovett, President, British Beekeepers’ Association
The BBKA campaign comes to a head with a demonstration in Whitehall
TO PARAPHRASE the words of a famous Englishman, we The timing of the demonstration and lobby should allow
even our most distant Associations to be present and thenare not at the beginning of the end but perhaps at the
do a little shopping/sightseeing before returning home. end of the beginning, in terms of the campaign.
Much hard work by all involved has seen an ongoing Programme
stream of articles in the press, on radio and TV. We have Date: Wednesday 5 November 2008.
been frequent participants on Farming Today, Country File, Assembly Point: Old Palace Yard, Westminster, London
GM TV, and even made Richard and Judy and Newsnight, SW1P (100 yards west of Parliament Square on Abingdon
not to mention lots of local coverage too. Well done all Street, opposite the Houses of Parliament. Nearest tube
those who have done their bit – sometimes getting up at Westminster (District/Circle/Jubilee lines) or walk down
4.30 to be on-site in the apiary for the TV crew that wants Whitehall from Charing Cross (Bakerloo/Northern lines)).
to look at bees before sunrise – what fun!
Time: 13.00 Meet for 13.30 start 24 WEEKS
14.00 Deliver the Petition to Downing Street
14.30 Enter Houses of Parliament via the Visitors’ The campaign has been running for just 24 weeks. The
EntrancePetition has been a massive success. What a massive effort
14.45 Lobby beginshas been put in by Associations, Branches and individuals,
15.30 Disperseyoung and old. We will comfortably exceed 100,000
signatures by the time we deliver them to 10 Downing Kit: Please bring your freshly washed beesuit in a small
Street on Wednesday 5 November. shoulder bag or the like and be prepared to put it on at the
assembly point. You need to look your best as you mayPlease ensure that you get ALL petition forms back to
well be on TV! An umbrella probably makes sense too. Stoneleigh by Friday 31 October. You can deliver them to
Smokers: The police have been informed that we will bethe BBKA stand at the National Honey Show if that’s more
using some lit smokers. Not everybody needs to bring oneconvenient. Delivering the Petition to Downing Street will be
but if you choose to, bring some good fuel with you and aa key part of our demonstration on 5 November.
lighter. All smokers must be extinguished before entering
FUNDING FROM BUSINESS the Commons and we have asked the council to provide a
fire proof receptacle into which un-burnt material can be
There are positive signs that funding will materialise from dumped. Smokers must be put in your shoulder bag when
business. Rowse Honey has already committed £100,000 passing through security into the Houses of Parliament.
and we are talking to other potential donors. We have Placards: These will be provided by the BBKA on the day.
hopes for funding from the Wellcome Trust and the
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Briefing: There will be a short briefing at 13.30.
too, but none of this lets the Government off the hook! Stewards: These will be appointed before the event and
given further briefing. The police may limit the number ofSMOKERS IN WHITEHALL
demonstrators who can march to Downing Street.
This event on Wednesday 5 November will mark the end of u Contact your MPs to advise that you are coming to
the petition stage of the campaign. It is essential that we lobby them.
get a substantial turnout from across the country. u Confirm to BBKA Stoneleigh that you are coming.
Permissions have been granted by the Metropolitan Police u Book your cheap-day ticket as soon as possible!
for us to assemble, demonstrate (ie, show placards), deliver u Contact Stoneleigh or Tim Lovett
the petition and then go into the Houses of Parliament to (firstname.lastname@example.org
) with any queries.
lobby our MPs.
u Look at the BBKA website for any updates or changesWednesday has been chosen because that is the day when
to the above details.all MPs are in Westminster for the fun and games of Prime
If you can take part, please don't forget to contactMinister’s Questions. It is vital that you contact your MP
or 02476before the day to tell him/her that you will be there to
696679) giving your name, Association, e-mail or phonelobby on the bee health research campaign. Don’t worry if
contact.fellow beekeepers who share the same MP will be coming
– the more the better. See you in Westminster! z
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