Politician to discuss innovation in debate

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AN MP will speak about innovation in the economy in a debate today.

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage will speak in Westminster Hall today between 11am and 11.30am.

She will comment on how the UK is ‘lagging behind’ Germany and the United States in using technology.

She wants government and companies to use innovative solutions to compete globally.

Ms Dinenage said: ‘A strong manufacturing sector can help grow our economy in a sustainable and balanced way.

‘Yet without support for innovation across the board Britain risks conceding market share and playing catch-up with our global partners.

‘While parts of Whitehall recognise the advantages of getting ahead of the curve and striving for innovation, there remains a prevailing desire not to rock the boat and I’d therefore urge the government to take steps to change this mindset.’

Ms Dinenage has supported the Daedalus enterprise zone.