2010 Election Highlights
(Press release; Adam Afriyie MP renews call for science literacy training for new MPs)
Adam Afriyie MP has called for science literacy lessons to be a core part of the induction process for new MPs of all political persuasions.
During his time as Shadow Minister for Science and Innovation, Mr Afriyie introduced science literacy training for all new Conservative MPs in recognition of the value of an evidence-based approach to policy-making. However, it was not included as a core part of the induction process.
Mr Afriyie now chairs the Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology (POST) and would like to see science literacy made a core module of the induction process for all new MPs.
Commenting on science literacy in Parliament, Mr Afriyie said:
"I would like to see science literacy training as a core part of the induction programme for new MPs so that the value of a scientific approach to policy-making is ingrained
"POST does a great job informing Parliamentarians about the science and evidence behind the issues being debated. It is important that every MP has an appreciation of the proper use of evidence and statistics in parliamentary debate
"Our country is crying out for evidence-based policy-making to deliver the jobs and economic growth we so desperately need; both Parliament and Government must redouble efforts to recognise the value of science in forging sound policies
"Building systematically on acquired knowledge is what unites all walks of a civilised society. Evidence-based policy-making is vital if we are to fulfil our economic and societal goals and avoid fighting unnecessary ideological battles."
1. Adam Afriyie MP was Shadow Minister for Science and Innovation from 2007-2010.
2. He is Chairman of the Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology (POST), Chairman of the Parliamentary Space Committee Associate Parliamentary Group, President of the Conservative Technology Forum and a founder of Conservative Friends of Science.
3. Prior to becoming an MP in 2005, Mr Afriyie was a successful entrepreneur in the information services and technology sector.
4. The Times recently profiled Mr Afriyie. The profile can be read at the following link: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/politics/article3401262.ece.
5. Mr Afriyie's website: http://www.adamafriyie.org/.
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