CaSE responds to the General Election 2015 result
08 May 2015
CaSE has published two briefings today. The first looks at how a Conservative majority government and the commitments it made ahead of the election could affect UK science and engineering. The second reveals which new MPs have a background or interest in science, technology, engineering, maths, or medicine (STEMM) and which MPs with a STEMM background or interest have either stepped down or not been re-elected.
Responding to the new intake of MPs elected today, CaSE Acting Director, Naomi Weir, said:
“It’s great to see eight new MPs entering Parliament with a background or strong interest in STEMM along with the many familiar faces returning. An understanding of this vital part of our economy and society is an asset for all politicians as they seek to address the challenges our nation faces. We therefore look forward to working with all new and returning MPs to strengthen science and engineering for everyone’s benefit.”
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