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Party politics could and should be put aside for R&D

As the research world wakes up to another budget, a tonic to the inevitable partisan point-scoring that will accompany it in the House of Commons can be found here. There, Stephanie Smith of the Russell Group praises ideas recently put forward by former political party leaders Tony Blair and William Hague to make research funding longer term and bring more autonomy to funders such as UK Research and Innovation.

Labour MP Chi Onwurah issued a slightly less collegiate plea for a longer-term approach to R&D last week. Referencing the short life of Liz Truss’s reign as prime minister, she warned that the UK’s researchers need a government science framework “with a longer shelf life than a lettuce”.

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