Tory candidate exposes ’biggest opportunity UK has post-Brexit’ as Labour seats turn

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Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson have stepped-up their efforts to secure Brexit voters after a polling model predicted they would be key to winning the general election. The YouGov analysis predicted Labour losing traditional seats in Leave-voting constituencies, turning the so-called red wall – that runs from North Wales across the north of England – blue. Stephen Metcalfe, the Tory candidate for South Basildon and East Thurrock and former chairman of the Science and Technology Select Committee at the House of Commons has revealed how Britain can become a ‘science superpower” after cutting ties with the European Union.

He told Express.co.uk I think artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the biggest opportunities the UK has post-Brexit.

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“The impact of automation from AI is going to be huge, both from the way we work and the way we live from assisted learning.

“Today we interact with it daily, yet we don’t know.

“When you turn on your phone and use an app, going on Netflix and seeing films suggested, all of that is based on assisted learning.

I think artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the biggest opportunities the UK has post-Brexit

Stephen Metcalfe

He toldExpress.co.uk: “I think artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the biggest opportunities the UK has post-Brexit.

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“The impact of automation from AI is going to be huge, both from the way we work and the way we live from assisted learning.

“Today we interact with it daily, yet we don’t know.

“When you turn on your phone and use an app, going on Netflix and seeing films suggested, all of that is based on assisted learning.

“One of the biggest challenges, as we move to more advanced AI, is what the impact on jobs will be.

“That is the big question we are going to have to tackle and I think the UK with its regulatory framework and core systems is very well placed to offer global guidance.”

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Mr Johnson has vowed to “unleash innovation” by investing £239million in British science and research without the “barrier” of EU regulations after delivering Brexit on January 31.

According to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, businesses and charities are expected to jointly invest up to £160million, alongside a £79million Government injection, as part of the acceleration Detection of Disease programme.

The Tories claim the initiative will recruit up to five million healthy people whose data will help UK scientists research, diagnose, prevent and treat diseases including cancer, dementia and heart disease.

The programme will work alongside the NHS to transform the way people are treated, using artificial intelligence for improved diagnostics, even possibly before symptoms are experienced.

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Mr Metcalfe, who specialises in AI, explained how the technology could play a central role in the project.

He added: “There is no doubt it will have a huge impact, what we need to do is get in front of it and some of the research that the AI group that I chair have done leads us to think that after America and China, the UK is the third-best in the world to come and develop and deploy AI in its various forms.

“It is going to impact every aspect of our lives from the minute we get up, to the last moment we go to bed because it has such huge potential.

“We will use AI in health systems to both stop potential disease, but also spot where we can intervene earlier to prevent certain diseases.

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“Machines have the ability to handle huge amounts of data and I think it’s pretty well known the amount of data generated in the last two years is more than the entire history of mankind.

“Huge banks of data, all of which can be used to help machines find the pattern that leads to the solution.

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“AI in healthcare is one of the most important, but it will also be used in legal systems too and accountancy, office management, we’re not there yet, but it’s coming.”

The NHS has been central to Labour’s election campaign too, and their manifesto has promised a 4.3 percent increase in the health budget over the next parliament.

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The party is also promising free personal care in England for over-65s, in the hope of keeping the strain of doctors and nurses, costing around £6billion a year.

The manifesto reads: “A Labour government will build a comprehensive National Care Service for England. 

“We will provide community-based, person-centred support, underpinned by the principles of ethical care and independent living. 

“We will provide free personal care, beginning with investments to ensure that older people have their personal care needs met, with the ambition to extend this provision to all working-age adults. 

“We will develop eligibility criteria that ensures our service works for everyone, including people with complex conditions like dementia. 

“We will ensure no one ever again needs to face catastrophic care costs of more than £100,000 for the care they need in old age, which we will underscore with a lifetime cap on personal contributions to care costs. 

“We will also invest in other social care packages to reverse the damage done by Conservative cuts and provide additional care packages to support both older people and working-age adults living independently in their own homes.”

Mr Johnson has also pledged to cut CO2 and make Britain carbon neutral by 2050 by investing up to £1billion in developing electric cars while planting a million new trees too.

Mr Metcalfe revealed how scientists in the UK are now working on manufacturing autonomous systems for cars and electric vehicles, with British battery-makers and turbine designers at the heart of the goal.

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He continued: “Most manufacturers are now working on some form of autonomous system for their vehicles and it may well, in the future, mean you as a user choose an operating system for your autonomous vehicle and the vehicle separately.

“It may be that someone comes up with the ultimate operating system and autonomous vehicle.

“What we need to do is pose the question of automation, but also electrification.

“You don’t have to, necessarily, have electric vehicles that are autonomous or vice-versa. 

“We must ensure that we are investing in this technology to help make the most of any energy that we store in a battery, which will increase range.”

Labour has also pledged to make Britain carbon neutral, by upgrading “almost all” of the UK’s 27 million homes to the highest energy efficiency standards.

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The party claims this will reduce every household’s energy bills by £417 annually by 2030 while eliminating fuel poverty.

Labour will also introduce a zero-carbon home’s standard for all new homes.

Mr Corbyn claimed in his manifesto: “We will launch the largest-scale investment programme in modern times to fund the jobs and industries of the future, so that no one is held back and no community left behind. 

“This is a fully costed programme to upgrade our economy and transform our country. 

“We will kick-start a Green Industrial Revolution to tackle the climate emergency by shifting to renewable energy, investing in rail and electric cars, and making housing energy efficient, to reduce fuel poverty and excess winter deaths.”

However, Mr Metcalfe claimed a Conservative majority would encourage renewable manufacturing to happen in Britain, by British workers.

He explained: “We are making a commitment to roll-out that infrastructure, the question is over who should manufacture what and where.

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“What we need to do is create the environment in which people want to manufacture in the UK and feel this is the place to do that.

“This will be through legal frameworks, but also through our tax credit scheme which would allow businesses to come here and research, develop and manufacture.

“We are working on matching the skills our citizens have with the skills that are going to be needed as we move forward.

“I think the most important part of that, for any of this to succeed, we need a stable, growing economy, that is not shackled to ever-increasing level of debt.”

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Tory candidate exposes ‘biggest opportunity UK has post-Brexit’ as Labour seats turn

Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson have stepped-up their efforts to secure Brexit voters after a polling model predicted they would be key to winning the general election. The YouGov analysis predicted Labour losing traditional seats in Leave-voting constituencies, turning the so-called red wall – that runs from North Wales across the north of England – blue.

Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson have stepped-up their efforts to secure Brexit voters after a polling model predicted they would be key to winning the general election. The YouGov analysis predicted Labour losing traditional seats in Leave-voting constituencies, turning the so-called red wall – that runs from North Wales across the north of England – blue.

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