CaSE has drawn up a list of those MPs and Lords with an interest or background in science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) in Parliament.
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Parliamentary figures to watch
Minister for Universities and Science
David Willets, MP for Havant, is the minister for Universities and Science. Prior to the 2010 election, Willetts served in a variety of roles including shadow minister for Education and Skills, and Innovation, Universities and Skills. He is a visiting fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford and governor of the Ditchley Foundation which aims to advance international learning and promote discussion of international issues.
Shadow Minister for Universities and Science
Shabana Mahmood, MP for Birmingham, Ladywood, became shadow minister for Universities and Science in January 2013, after serving as Shadow Minister for Higher Education. She has a legal background and has practised as a barrister, specialising in professional indemnity litigation.
Chair of POST
Adam Afriyie, MP for Windsor, is an entrepreneur involved in several IT companies, including Connect Support Services, of which he is chair, and Adfero, which he owns. He is also chair of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology and prior to the 2010 election, served as shadow minister for innovation, Universities and Skills and later Innovation and Science.
Chair, Commons Science and Technology Select Committee
Andrew Miller, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, has been chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee since 2010 and is also a board member of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. He has an interest in science, technology and IT and prior to becoming an MP spent some time as a geology laboratory technician.
Chair, Lords Science and Technology Select Committee
Son of Nobel Laureate Sir Hans Krebs, Lord Krebs has had a distinguished career in the field of zoology. He is a fellow of the Royal Society, Principle of Jesus College, Oxford, and is chair of the National Network of Science Learning Centres. He is also interested in science and ethics and has written a report for the Nuffield Council of Bioethics on the ethics of public health..
Other MPs and Lords vocal on issues of science and engineering
Julian Huppert, MP for Cambridge, has a PhD in chemistry and is a Bye-fellow of Clare College, Cambridge. His research into structural aspects of DNA has contributed to the understanding of cancer. He has also had experience as CEO of a biotech company and remains vocal on many areas of policy affecting science.
Chi Onwurah, MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central, is the former shadow minister for Innovation, Science and Digital Infrastructure. Now Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, responsible for social enterprise, Onwurah studied electrical engineering at Imperial College, London, has worked on hardware and software management and has Chartered Engineer status.
A former head teacher, Lord Phil Willis served in the House of Commons where, before being made a life peer in 2010, he was chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee, as well as spending several years as the liberal democrat Education and Skills Secretary. He is a strong opponent of allowing creationist views in schools, clashing with the Royal Society’s former Director of Education, Professor Michael Reiss over the issue.
Astrophysicist Lord Martin Rees is a former President of the Royal Society, Astronomer Royal and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. He has been involved with a host of scientific institutions and societies including the British Association, Nesta and the Institute for Public Policy Research. He is a leading figure on the international stage, being a member of numerous foreign scientific academies, and currently serves on the House of Lords science and technology select committee.
Lord Robert May is a theoretical ecologist who has held many eminent posts, including President of the Royal Society, President of the British Science Association, Chief Scientific Advisor to HM Government and head of the Office of Science and Technology. He also served as non-executive Director of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory. Lord May has been received many awards from societies around the world and currently serves on the Committee on Climate Change.
An economist by training, Baroness Margaret Sharp is a member of the Advisory Council for CaSE. She is active in the fields of higher and further education and for many years worked at the Science and Technology Policy Research department at the University of Sussex. She currently serves on the House of Lords science and technology select committee