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Former Commons’ science chair, Andrew Miller, dies aged 70

First chair of the House of Commons science and technology, former Labour MP, has died

Former Labour MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, Andrew Miller, has died at the age of 70, according to media reports on 24 December.

He was an official of the Manufacturing, Science and Finance trades union before entering parliament in 1992, where he then served for 23 years being re-elected four times.

In 2010, he was confirmed as the first chair of the House of Commons science and technology select committee, a position he held until he stood down as an MP in 2015.

Miller earned a diploma in industrial relations from the London School of Economics and worked as a laboratory technician at the then Portsmouth Polytechnic.

James Wilsdon, professor of research policy at Sheffield University tweeted he was “very sorry to hear” Miller has died. Andrew was a skilled and dedicated chair of Commons’ science and technology committee from 2010-15, Wilsdon said, adding that more recently Miller was also a great champion of Grantham Centre for Sustainable Future and Sheffield University.