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Tax Fears Squeeze Out Spending Pledges

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Science  18 Apr 1997:
Vol. 276, Issue 5311, pp. 349
DOI: 10.1126/science.276.5311.349

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LONDON-- With less than 2 weeks to go before the U.K. general election, all the opinion polls are tipping Labour to topple the Conservatives, who have been in power for almost 2 decades. Taxation has been one of the central issues in the 6-week campaign, with the two main parties vying to offer the least burdensome tax system. As a result, pledges for increased spending on research have been few, but the parties are trying to woo researchers with other policies.

For statements from the three major parties on policies for young scientists, see Science's Next Wave .