Layla Moran

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Layla Moran is the Liberal Democrat PPC for Oxford West and Abingdon. She previously stood in Battersea in the 2010 general election, and in West Central in the 2012 London Assembly elections.

Ms Moran studied physics at Imperial College, London, and has an MA in Comparative Education. She teaches physics and maths.

Her responses to a general political questionnaire from before the 2010 general election: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/person/12994/layla-moran

Evidence-Based Policy and Performance-Related Pay for Teachers

Opinion article from July 2013: http://www.libdemvoice.org/opinion-performance-related-pay-for-teachers-does-it-drive-up-standards-35466.html (also read comments where points in the article are challenged)

"I became politically active to put across the case for evidence based policy in education and if I am elected as MP for Oxford West and Abingdon I will fight against badly thought out measures like this. This policy is based on the neo-liberal ideology so loved by the Conservatives. It’s time we brought a more considered, evidence-based approach to education policy. While the research may not hold all the answers for such a complex system, it is a darn sight better than shooting in the dark."

Science Funding

In December 2014, as a member of the Liberal Democrat's "Team Science" campaigning for science and engineering in the run-up to the 2015 general election, Ms Moran was one of the signatories to an open letter calling for stronger guarantees on future science funding. The letter stated:

"We have challenged the other parties to match our ambition of a 3% above inflation increase for the next 15 years – so far, none of them have backed us on this.
"Investment in science and engineering stimulates economic growth: every pound invested in medical research generates an estimated ongoing return of 30p per year (Wellcome Trust, MRC and Academy of Medical Sciences); a report released last month showed the UK’s space sector growing at 7% per year, employing over 34,000 people and supporting an additional 72,000 jobs downstream."[1]

Article for CaSE

In the run-up to the 2015 general election, the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) invited candidates to contribute posts saying why science and engineering was important to them and the UK. Layla Moran's response can be read at: http://sciencecampaign.org.uk/?p=16386

References

  1. http://aldes.org.uk/teamscience/?p=144

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