Paul Connell is the Secretary of Scientists for Labour (SfL)
‘Scientists for Labour’ (SfL) is pleased to unveil the questions we’ll be formally asking the five Labour leadership candidates. They are:
1. How can science, technology, engineering and mathematics contribute to economic growth in the face of current constraints on government spending?
2. How will you bring expert scientific advice into Labour policy-making and the shadow cabinet, now that the party is in opposition?
3. How will you promote the continuation of infrastructure regeneration in universities, schools and colleges to ensure that we inspire and train the scientists of the future?
SfL is seeking ways for our membership to ask the five candidates for the Labour leadership questions relevant to our interests and concerns. As we feel that CaSE was such a successful vehicle for encouraging political interest amongst the technological community during the election we are delighted to form this partnership by publishing our questions, and in due course the replies, on the CaSE blog,
In common with the whole Labour membership SfL is looking in the medium and long term to find the person who will:
- make a successful Leader of the Opposition;
- lead the country in holding the Conservative/Lib Dem coalition to account;
- become the next Prime Minister.
Under the previous Labour government investment in the core science budget doubled, and the Department of Business sought to encourage spin-off and successful roll-out of research for a high-tech, knowledge based, manufacturing led recovery. SfL watched as British science withered on the vine under Margaret Thatcher. Now, under George Osborne and Vince Cable we fear one fell swoop.
SfL is an organisation open to members or supporters of the Labour Party who are interested or involved in UK science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Michael Brooks made a brave stand as the Science Party candidate in Bosworth, but the strength that comes from being a member of a political party (with all the frustrations and compromises that occasionally accompany this) is needed in order to gain real influence.
The five candidates for the Labour leadership are:
Diane Abbott: www.diane4leader.co.uk/
Ed Balls: www.edballs4labour.org/,
Andy Burnham: www.andy4leader.com/,
David Miliband: www.davidmiliband.net/
Ed Miliband: www.edmiliband.org/