Thursday 22 July 2021 / 8:11 AM Business / Ed Miliband

Labour responds to New Innovation Strategy

Ed Miliband MP, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, responding to the Government’s New Innovation Strategy, said:

“The UK is an innovation and science superpower. From life sciences and medical research to artificial intelligence and quantum computing, the UK is world-leading. Labour will always champion our scientists and innovators.

“But this world-leading science and technology sector is being failed by its government. Once again the Government’s warm words are at odds with its deeds. Hundreds of millions of pounds were raided from the core science budget this year, with programmes axed and jobs lost. The Government’s chaotic decision-making means many programmes remain in the dark about the funding on offer and find it impossible to plan ahead.

“While we welcome a strategy to increase access to finance for tech companies to start up and scale up, a whole generation of researchers is currently at risk of falling through the cracks. The Government has turned its back on the estimated 17,000 early career researchers who may not secure funding and see their careers in jeopardy as a result of the pandemic.

“Over-promising and under-delivering is a hallmark of this government. But our science sector deserves so much better. A real focus on delivery is what’s needed to rebuild trust between government and our country’s scientists, and to ensure the UK continues punching above its weight.”