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Lichfield’s MP insists science is crucial to the UK economy

Lichfield’s MP has paid tribute to the role scientists are playing in driving the UK’s economy.

Michael Fabricant attended an event held by the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Physics in Parliament earlier this week.

Michael Fabricant MP with Prof Jas Pal Badyal from the University of Durham

Michael Fabricant MP with Prof Jas Pal Badyal from the University of Durham

He said the event showed why funding for science was crucial for the UK.

“I was pleased to meet with scientists and talk about UK success stories from research in both chemistry and physics,” Mr Fabricant said. “These innovations and companies have developed from work that began in university science departments – the successes from the UK’s science base are now creating jobs and economic growth across the UK.

“The event highlighted the importance of long-term government funding to science and the benefits it has on the UK economy.

“It was good to hear about how chemistry and physics are creating much-needed jobs across the UK. The Royal Society of Chemistry and Institute of Physics are showing why investing in science is good for economy – and it also shows that science is an excellent career choice for young people.”

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