Explosions in parliament as Hucknall MP has chemistry with scientists

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Hucknall MP Mark Spencer has met the first scientist ever to be allowed to carry out explosive chemistry experiments in the House of Commons at an event held by the Royal Society of Chemistry in Parliament.

Mr Spencer met with representatives from the society to talk about the importance of scientific research to the UK economy and Sherwood and take part in some loud and colourful chemistry experiments performed by Dr Hal Sosabowski from the University of Brighton.

TV scientist Dr Sosabowski launched UNESCO’s International Year of Chemistry at the Houses of Parliament with a show of chemistry demonstrations in 2011.

Mark Spencer witnessed the whizzes and bangs of chemistry first-hand as Dr Sosabowski showed off the science behind glow sticks, a liquid nitrogen shower and a flaming methane mamba of soap bubbles. But behind the colourful chemicals and exciting explosions the event was an opportunity to discuss the need for a long-term strategy for UK science funding to drive economic growth and create jobs.

Mark Spencer MP said: “It was fascinating to see Dr Sosabowski’s chemistry demonstrations. It’s not often you get to see explosions in Parliament. It was also great to talk to the Royal Society of Chemistry about how scientific research can help grow our economy, both locally and nationally.”