More on science issues in politics

Following on from yesterday’s blog on Willett’s speech as Science Minister, which mentioned the importance of scientific literacy in government and government policy, now further information is coming out on his views on the treatment of independent Scientific Advisors and on pushing for science lessons for new MPs – soon to commence. This has been reported in the Times and on the CaSE blog.

On the other side of the house, the Labour party doesn’t have an official shadow science minister at the moment – or indeed any other – as Lord Drayson has vanished and Labour party rules dictate the shadow cabinet, which must contain at least four women, must be voted on by the entire parliamentary party and must be elected after the leader is elected at the party conference later this year. So there may be some wait, but there is someone in the role of science spokesman at the moment.

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