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Minister for Tech Michelle Donelan

Prospective Manchester United owner, Sir Jim Ratcliffe may need to pick up a Class of ’92 DVD after attacking the new Science, Innovation and Technology Secretary.

The country’s richest man and Chairman and founder of INEOS Group wrote a letter to The Times welcoming the setting up of the Department, but he had reservations about its boss:

“Science over the past four centuries in Britain has been prolific: Cambridge alone has more Nobel prizewinners than any country on earth except the US and the UK, and Oxford follows closely.

“British “firsts” range from the steam engine, computer, telephone and jet engine to the world wide web, IVF and Covid vaccine.

“However, the new science secretary is only 38 and is a history and politics graduate from York University. The government surely has to be kidding.”

The Department for Science, Innovation and Technology was announced earlier this week, with Michelle Donelan moving from the DCMS to take on the role.

The 38 year-old history and politics graduate has yet to respond to Ratcliffe’s comments, but did upload a film of herself getting down to chemistry this morning:

Since 2019, Donelan has worked across a number of Government departments and has been Minister for Universities; Minister of State for Higher and Further Education; Secretary of State for Education (for 2 days); Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

It comes as her predecessor at DCMS has announced that she’s stepping down at the next election due, in part, to “sheer stupidity.”

Nadine Dorries, a former I’m a Celebrity contestant used her new TalkTV show to make the announcement:

“Those MPs who drank the Kool-Aid and got rid of Boris Johnson are already asking themselves the question – who next?

“And I’m afraid that the lack of cohesion, the infighting and occasionally the sheer stupidity from those who think we could remove a sitting prime minister, who secured a higher percentage of the vote share than Tony Blair did in 1997, just three short years ago.

“That they could do that and the public would let us get away with it. I’m afraid it’s this behaviour that I now just have to remove myself from. And so, despite it being a job that I’ve loved for every year that I’ve done it, I’m now off. Oh gosh, I’ve just said it out loud, there’s no going back now.”

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