Bee activists lie on the floor and buzz in protest at Brexit Party offices

PUBLISHED: 15:57 04 December 2019 | UPDATED: 16:13 04 December 2019

Protesters dressed as bees laid down on the floor of Grimsby's Brexit Party offices and buzzed in protest. Picture: Christopher Barker

Protesters dressed as bees laid down on the floor of Grimsby's Brexit Party offices and buzzed in protest. Picture: Christopher Barker

Christopher Barker

Environmental activists dressed as bees have invaded a Brexit Party constituency office before lying on the floor and buzzing in protest.

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The swarm of protesters, who call themselves Bee-yond Politics, followed similar tactics as Extinction Rebellion campaigners also dressed as bees, who glued themselves to the Liberal Democrats' electric campaign bus earlier today.

The move was called "the politics of the kindergarten" by Grimsby parliamentary candidate, Christopher Barker, who posted a video to Twitter of the bees lying on the floor waggling their legs in the air.

He wrote: "There's intelligent politics, with grown-ups, who debate real ideas to further our society.

"Then there's the politics of the kindergarten. Usually silent - because they don't have ideas."

Greenpeace has ranked the Brexit Party as the worst in the election for environmental policy, scoring it poorly across all 16 of its climate and nature criteria.

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage earlier refused to take part in a Channel 4 News general election hustings themed specifically around climate change, and was replaced by an ice sculpture.

Protesters said they were taking action to remind politicians of irreplaceable biodiversity loss that they say is a direct result of their irresponsible policy-making.

Earlier today, Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson appeared to welcome the protesters glued to her bus after she visited a youth centre in south London.

WATCH: Extinction Rebellion activists dressed as bees glue themselves to Lib Dem electric bus

Swinson said she recognised the need for climate change to be prominent in the election, but said it was ironic that they had targeted an electric bus.

The Lib Dem leader told reporters: "There is clearly a little bit of an irony in glueing yourself to an electric bus.

"A little bit like when the DLR was targeted.

"Obviously, again, a fairly environmentally-friendly form of transport.

"But, I recognise the general point.

"And I welcome that the climate emergency is a really important issue in this election."

Protester Pete McCall told PA news agency: "All the parties are being targeted today."

He said that "climate and ecological emergency is top of the agenda this election".

He added that activists want the next prime minister to have the plight of bees and other pollinators in mind when he or she takes office.

A man was taken away from the scene of the protest by police.

A police officer told PA the man was arrested for criminal damage.

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