Parties should heed former leaders’ ideas on research funding and public procurement, says Stephanie Smith
The platforms on which the UK’s political parties will fight the next election, most likely in late 2024, are starting to emerge. That makes it a busy time for those hoping to shape policy.
On 22 February, former Labour prime minister Tony Blair and former Conservative leader William Hague made their bid, helming a report titled A New National Purpose, published by Blair’s Institute for Global Change think tank. This sets out how R&D could be at the centre of everything the UK does—from the way we provide public services, to driving economic growth and carving out a role on the world stage.