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MP describes grey squirrels as 'Hamas of the squirrel world' during parliamentary debate


Grey squirrels are ‘Hamas of squirrel world’, MP says in Westminster debate

An MP described grey squirrels as the "Hamas of the squirrel world" during a debate in Parliament on Tuesday, 28 November.

Jim Shannon, DUP MP for Strangford, compared the animals to the militant group while MPs discussed control of the grey squirrel population.

Thanking a local group for their work protecting the future of the red squirrel in his constituency, Mr Shannon said: "The issue is the very presence of grey squirrels."

The Woodland Trust says the introduction of grey squirrels has had a "disastrous" on the red species as they carry the squirrelpox virus and compete with the native species to food.

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