Britain funds agri-tech strategy to reinvent food supply chain

LONDON, July 24 (UPI) -- Britain says it will invest $245 million in a new agricultural technology strategy meant to boost the global competitiveness of its food production chain.

The time for women

ZURICH, Switzerland, March 4 (UPI) -- Two overwhelming facts about women today are that the world is facing a remarkable shortage of females and that they are becoming the better-educated gender.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

White working-class males a minority?

LONDON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A British education minister said he sees no reason why white working-class males shouldn't be treated as any other minority group by universities.

Britain to increase space technology funds

LONDON, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Britain's government says it will increase its spending on space technology by $95 million in each of the next two years.

British colleges:fee cost hurt enrollment

LONDON, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Less than a week before the deadline for applications, nearly a third of British universities report they still have thousands of spaces open for students.
British lawmakers debate royal yacht

British lawmakers debate royal yacht

LONDON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- British lawmakers are debating whether to give the queen a $91.8 million yacht, paid for with public funds, as part of this year's diamond jubilee celebration.

Scientists: Policies threaten U.K. science

LONDON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- The funding body overseeing scientific research in Britain is making "disastrous errors" that threaten the future of U.K science endeavors, scientists charge.

British prisoners get student grants

LONDON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- More than 300 British prison inmates taking college courses behind bars have received government grants and loans intended for non-prisoner students.

British conservatives eyeing school change

YORK, England, May 16 (UPI) -- Members of the British Conservative Party announced Wednesday that in order to improve social mobility, they would seek an end to grammar schools.

British school debt soared to $212 million

LONDON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- British government statistics show the total debt for 1,866 public schools nationwide was more than $212 million last year.

UK Secretary lambasts EU textile dispute

LONDON, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Shadow secretary of trade and industry David Willetts called on the British government to criticize the European Union over the Chinese textile dispute.

British joblessness up for fourth month

LONDON, June 16 (UPI) -- British unemployment rose for a fourth successive month in May, the nation's longest run of increasing joblessness in 13 years.

Labor challenged over pensions 'timebomb'

LONDON, April 18 (UPI) -- The British Labor Party must explain how it plans to tackle the pensions "timebomb," Conservatives said Monday.

Blair announces welfare abuse crackdown

MANCHESTER, England, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair has outlined plans to reform the welfare system if Labor is re-elected.

Jockstrip: The world as we know it

New York City is getting a new monthly magazine called NYHS -- short for "New York Hot Sex" -- that will be available in Starbucks, Tower Records, stores, delis and nightspots.
ALEX CUKAN, United Press International
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David Linsay Willetts (born 9 March 1956) is a British politician. A member of the Conservative Party, he is currently the Minister of State for Universities and Science, and a Member of Parliament (MP) representing the constituency of Havant in Hampshire. He has also seen controversy over his scathing remarks on the Labour Party's foreign policy.

Willetts was educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham, and Christ Church, Oxford, where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Having served as Nigel Lawson's private researcher, Willetts took charge of the Treasury monetary policy division at 26 before moving over to Margaret Thatcher's Policy Unit at 28. Aged 31, he subsequently took over the Centre for Policy Studies. He offended students by insinuating that they did not understand how tuition fees worked.

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