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- Jun.21.2018: Greg Clark: We can work together to create a better British economy. Britain’s economy is in a position of real strength. Unemployment is at its lowest since 1975 and our productivity rate is rising, with the second half of 2017 experiencing the strongest growth in the UK’s hourly output in more than a decade. To continue this strong form we are working to prepare our economy for the future, and that’s why in November we announced our Industrial Strategy. Our four Grand Challenges have been identified by leading scientists and technologists as: artificial intelligence (AI) and the data-driven economy; clean growth; the future of mobility; and meeting the needs of an ageing society. We’ve announced investments from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, including £210 million to help the UK to lead the world in developing innovative diagnostic tools, medical products and treatments, and aim to increase research and development investment to 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027. When it comes to people, we have responded to the Matthew Taylor review on modern employment practices with our Good Work plan, delivering new rights and protections to millions of workers. We are also connecting Britain’s towns, cities and rural areas, making the first allocations of the £190 million full-fibre broadband fund and announcing £25 million for six 5G test beds across the UK. We’ve invested £840 million from our Transforming Cities Fund to improve connection and reduce congestion within city regions. more Greg Clark, The Times.
- Apr.13.2018: The agenda gap: MPs pay little heed to Twitter women. Greg Clark may have overseen the gender pay gap investigation but he has failed to notice a gender gap of his own: he doesn’t follow any female cabinet ministers on Twitter apart from Theresa May. He does follow Boris Johnson, Philip Hammond, Matt Hancock, Sajid Javid, Brandon Lewis and Jeremy Hunt, along with another 15 male Conservative MPs. Of the 275 accounts he follows, three out of four belong to men. Only six MPs follow a lower proportion of women on the social media network. Every MP who attends the cabinet or shadow cabinet follows more men than women on Twitter. Every minister who attends Cabinet follows at least twice as many men as they do women, aside from Caroline Nokes, immigration minister, and Esther McVey, work and pensions secretary. A mere 30% of the accounts followed by Amber Rudd are women. Dawn Butler, Labour’s shadow equalities minister, follows the highest proportion of women of anyone in the cabinet or shadow cabinet but, at 44%, still falls on the male side of the equation. Jeremy Corbyn follows 40% women. The MP who follows the highest proportion of women, 59%, is Jo Swinson, the Liberal Democrat deputy leader. There are 4 other MPs who follow more women than men, all Labour: Jess Phillips, Susan Elan Jones, Ruth George and Tracy Brabin. Ryan Watts, Sam Joiner, Henry Zeffman, The Times.
- Oct.02.2017: Iain Dale’s 100 most influential people on the Right 2017. Secretary of State for Business, Energy, Innovation & Skills. Greg Clark is seen as hugely competent and likeable and commands great loyalty. However, his ‘industrial strategy’ is seen by some on the right as rather left wing and politically suspect. Furthermore, the energy cap policy is not universally popular either. If he rebuilds some bridges with the right, Clark could well be a big player in Conservative politics for some time to come. Iain Dale, Conservative Home.