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Ahead of next week’s general election, the Royal Society of Biology has written to major party leaders on the importance of science in the UK, the potential challenges facing the sector, and recommendations the next Parliament should consider to ensure the UK remains world-leading.

Identical letters were sent to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Conservative leader Theresa May, Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron, leader of Plaid Cymru Leanne Wood, leader of the Scottish Nationalist Party Nicola Sturgeon, UKIP leader Paul Nuttall and the Green Party co-leaders Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley.

The letter highlighted the need for the leaders’ political work to encourage a Government that will:     

  • Ensure high quality science, technology, engineering and maths education and training that is fit for purpose
  • Maintain and build on the UK’s leadership role and collaborative endeavours in research and innovation
  • Look to invest to enhance the UK’s internationally leading research and innovation environment
  • Champion and ensure the use of evidence and advice from the scientific community in decision making

The letter also urged leaders to prioritise providing certainty and stability for EEA nationals working in the sector and for UK scientists abroad; a key concern given the proximity of the election to the beginning of Brexit negotiations.

This correspondence follows letters sent to previous MPs planning to stand for re-election.

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