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Tory manifesto omits university cash crisis

 Image: The Conservative Party [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0], via Flickr

Party repeats £22bn R&D pledge and says it will close university courses with “worst outcomes”

The Conservative Party has avoided any mention of the university finance crisis in its election manifesto, in which it also repeats a pledge to spend £22 billion a year on R&D—which would arguably rule out continued real-terms increases.

Released on 11 June, the Conservatives’ manifesto for the upcoming general election is weak on new R&D commitments, with prime minister Rishi Sunak also failing to mention research in his manifesto launch speech.

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