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‘Unprecedented’ joint demand for Tory R&D commitment

Images: Chatham HouseBundesministerium für Europa, Integration und Äußeres [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr

Businesses, campaign organisations, universities and charities have joined forces to demand Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt pledge their support for the government’s R&D commitments.

Cancer Research UK, the Confederation of British Industry, the Royal Society, vice-chancellors’ group Universities UK and seven others say whichever of the two men wins the race to lead the Conservative party and therefore the country must “deliver a concrete and overdue vision for UK research and development”.

“This should build on the government target to boost overall R&D investment initially to 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027—and the longer-term aim of 3 per cent of GDP,” they say in an open letter published on 27 June.

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