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Concern as business secretary ‘vetoes’ choice of ESRC chair

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Kwasi Kwarteng reportedly rejected appointment of Jonathan Michie, deeming him “too left-wing”

Reports that the UK business secretary vetoed the selection of Jonathan Michie as leader of the Economic and Social Research Council have stoked fears of a “creeping politicisation” of the public appointments system.

Michie, president of Kellogg College at the University of Oxford and a professor of innovation and knowledge exchange, was reportedly chosen as the next executive chair of the ESRC by an independent selection panel.

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