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Vallance appointment a ‘boost to political significance of science’

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Former chief scientific adviser brings overview of research and innovation “beyond any scientist or politician”

The Labour government’s surprise appointment of Patrick Vallance as a minister has been seen as a boost to the “political significance of science” that could also help unleash its full economic power.

The choice of Vallance—a former government chief scientific adviser, president of R&D at pharmaceutical giant GSK and head of UCL’s department of medicine—as science minister was part of a pattern of appointments made by Keir Starmer after Labour’s landslide election victory. In several instances, the new prime minister opted for experts from beyond the ranks of his MPs.

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