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Blair and Hague say ‘radical change’ needed in UK R&D

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Former party leaders urge major reforms including breaking Treasury “micromanagement” of science spending

The UK should radically change its approach to research and development in order to keep pace with global technology-driven change, according to Tony Blair and William Hague.

In a report published on 22 February, the former party leaders say that the UK has strengths in emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, biotech and climate tech, but that “without radical change, we risk decline”.

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