David Cameron praises Worcestershire MP in parliament

4:42pm Thursday 10th April 2014

By Tom Edwards

DAVID Cameron has praised a Worcestershire MP in parliament - paying his own tribute to him for promoting engineering.

The Prime Minister said he wants to "pay tribute" to Peter Luff's campaign to encourage more young people, especially women, into the subject.

Mr Luff, who represents Mid-Worcestershire, is retiring at the 2015 general election and has dedicated his last year in parliament to engineering and science careers.

During Prime Minister's Questions the premier said Mr Luff has "worked so hard" on the issue.

Last week a new report was published called Through Both Eyes which addresses the issue of girls not going into the sciences.

It has been put together by campaign group ScienceGrrl (correct), a group of women who want to promote equality in the subject.

Speaking in parliament, Mr Luff asked: "On the day when BBC Radio 4’s 'Woman’s Hour' has put the distinguished geneticist Professor Nazneen Rahman at number three in its power list, I am pleased to remind the Prime Minister of his challenge to me to suggest practical policies that could address the damaging and long-standing under-representation of women in science and engineering careers.

"So what is his response to the thoughtful report, published last week, which I commissioned to meet his challenge called 'Through Both Eyes'?

Mr Cameron said: "May I pay tribute to (Mr Luff) for campaigning and working so hard on this issue?

"It is really important for the future of our country - not just for gender equality but for our economic future - to get more women into STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects and into engineering.

"I support the National Centre for Universities and Businesses’ target of doubling the number of female engineering graduates by 2030."

He then told Mr Luff "one of the most powerful things" was having "role models" like the women who produced the report.

The report says there are too many stereotypes over the sciences being "middle class, white" subjects, and not enough emphasis in schools or general society about the creativity around the industry.

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