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MP and scientists swap places

The Royal Society wants to bridge the gap between the scientists who provide evidence, and the politicians who make the decisions about UK science policy.

Science is pivotal to the running of the UK economy, the basis of our future prosperity, and the mantle of choice for policy makers to wrap themselves in whenever they want to justify their decisions.

However, only one out of 650 MPs (Cambridge's Dr Julian Huppert) has ever worked as a research scientist.

The Today programme's science correspondent Tom Feilden went along to watch as a small band of physicists, medics and mathematicians pair-up and swap places for a few days.

Lord Willis, chair of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee, explained his view that getting scientists and politicians together will mean "you'll get better policy and I actually believe you will get better science."

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