A shocked MP was faced with an angry swarm when he was asked to remove dozens of bees from a constituent’s garden.

Stephen Mosley got more than he bargained for when the woman asked him to get rid of the hive while  he was out canvassing for the upcoming by-election in Boughton.

But the City of Chester MP avoided being stung by calling in a favour from Conservative councillor Brian Crowe – who just happens to be a bee keeping enthusiast.

Mr Crowe, councillor for Saughall and Mollington , and his wife Rosie donned protective clothing and hoods to smoke out the bees close to the property on Hoole Lane on Saturday.           

Cllr Brian Crowe and wife Rosie smoke-out swarm of bees from garden in Boughton
 

The bees are now living at Cllr Crowe’s Mollington home, where he is said to have 12 bee hives and makes honey, which he then sells for charity.

“Usually you get people asking for things like help with pot holes and rubbish. This was a new one,” said Kate Vaughan, Conservative candidate for Boughton, who was out canvassing with another team at the  time. 

“She asked what Stephen would do about the bees.

“Funnily enough the team member knew a bee keeper. He got on the phone to Cllr Crowe and within an hour he was there.”

Former Aussie Kate was out canvassing for the by-election, brought about by the tragic death of much-loved councillor David Robinson , who died from heart failure in May.

Kate, who moved to the UK eight years ago and has lived in Chester for 18 months, said: “It took  an hour or so to remove the bees.

“They are all happily living in Mollington.”