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Westminster Diary: Harriett Baldwin writes for the Observer

Malvern Editorial 20th Nov, 2013 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

MALVERN continues to go from strength to strength as the town benefits from an economy which is on the road to recovery.

Defence Procurement Minister Philip Dunne recently visited the Malvern Hills Science Park to hear from the town’s impressive array of cyber security and defence firms.

He could see that Malvern has some brilliant brains and that highly skilled jobs and growth are being helped by the decision to back a £4 million expansion of the Malvern Hills Science Park, creating 150 jobs.

The Malvern Hills Science Park is one of the great local success stories.  As scientists leave QinetiQ, they set up their own businesses and find office space nearby to act as a new home for their innovations.

‘Boffins’ in the Second World War invented radar and developed radar to give our armed forces a huge offensive advantage.

Since then generations of brilliant scientists have based themselves in Malvern.

The Liquid Crystal Display, for example, which you see in calculators, was invented in Malvern.  I’ve seen clever technology which detects mobile phones being smuggled into prisons and kit which spots warm bodies hidden in lorries in Calais.

All came from the inventive minds of Malvern engineers and scientists.

It was fantastic to see last week’s Festival of Innovation in Malvern.

On the Saturday I opened the family day, where the next generation of inventors were inspired to hear from some superb scientists.

We are lucky that our local schools are so enthusiastic about these career opportunities and I was pleased that Richard Jacobs, the new head teacher at The Chase School was also able to meet with Philip Dunne.

For too long, young people have left Malvern in their twenties and not returned until much later in life.

If we are to be a sustainable prosperous town in the long term, we need them to stay and work right here become part of the next generation of brilliant brains in Malvern.

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