I am delighted to have been elected to the House of Commons select committee for Science & Technology by my fellow MPs. This is a small committee of only eleven MPs from all across the UK. Britain is home to world leaders in many areas from medical research to plant science, autonomous vehicles and alternative energy. We also have one of the world’s most vibrant tech sectors which is important for our country’s future economic growth.
I loved being champion for British science & tech as an MEP and look forward to this new role.
Chelmsford also has a rich history in science and technology given the City’s history as the home of the worlds first radio broadcast. We have exciting technology companies like Teledyne e2v & BAE.
The excellent news that Anglia Ruskin University’s will be home to a new medical school is just one part of their increased science teaching and research capability. This is the first medical school in Essex and the first of a new generation across the whole of the UK. Students can apply this year, and the first entry will be next autumn. Applicants from East Anglia and Essex in particular will have priority provided they meet entrance criteria.They will be taught both in the £20 million state of the art medical school and in local hospitals and general practice surgeries.
Having a new medical school in mid Essex is also good news for patients. The increased link with research and teaching opportunities is encouraging more first class doctors to come and work in our local health service.
I have also been elected to Chair a Conservative Backbench Policy Committee on Brexit and have been asked to take on the Chairmanship of the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Tech (PICTFOR) and the Group for Rare Diseases, so there is plenty that will be keeping me busy in Westminster.