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Curing MPs’ technophobia

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Chi Onwurah suggests how to get parliament to engage more with science and technology

Science and politics are the twin engines of progress. I entered politics for exactly the same reason I entered engineering a quarter of a century earlier—to make the world work better for everyone. 

Being elected to represent my home city was the proudest moment of my life. I was concerned that I was leaving behind engineering, evidence and the scientific method. But, in fact, science has proven to be at the heart of many of the challenges we face as a country and which I need to know about as a constituency MP, from healthy ageing to climate change, from automation to online harms.

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