UK Column News - 22nd March 2023

Brian Gerrish, Mike Robinson, David Scott and Debi Evans with today’s UK Column News.


Startling Revelations on UK’s Medicines Approval Regime

00:35 MHRA to streamline clinical trial approvals in biggest overhaul of trial regulation in 20 years

HM Treasury has announced that the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) will receive £10 million to help bring innovative new medicines and medical technologies to UK patients more quickly.

Covid jab victims in fight for justice covered in the Daily Express with comment by Peter Todd, vaccine injury lawyer

Select Committees Publications: Fourth Report—The Influence of the Pharmaceutical Industry

MHRA Board Meetings in 2023 

UK Column interview with Cheryl Grainger: What does ‘safe and effective’ mean when the adverse events come to light?

MHRA Questions: terms and conditions questioned


Cheryl Grainger

18:31 Cheryl Grainger guest segment: Question-handling by MHRA Board


MHRA’s Arm-Long List Of Conflicts Of Interest

26:15 MHRA Board Declarations of Interest—January 2023

MHRA Good Manufacturing and Distribution Practice Symposium 2023. Guest coverage: Hedley Rees

Hedley Rees on UK Column

Junaid Bajwa—Chief Medical Scientist—Microsoft

Amanda Calvert—spent 28 years in the Life Sciences sector working for ICI, Zeneca and AstraZeneca, where she held senior operational roles

Professor Graham Cooke—Faculty of Medicine, Department of Infectious Disease, Imperial College, London

Haider Husain—has worked for other international companies such as Microsoft, GE Healthcare and Logica

Raj Long—was Consultant Advisor to the Chief Scientist of the WHO, as well as being a WHO co-lead on the COVAX Task Force on Covid–19 vaccine manufacturing and supporting other WHO committees


Financial Fandangoes

38:01 Ministers delay plan to lift UK state pension age to 68 as life expectancy falls

Prime Minister’s firt of his five key priorities for 2023 is to halve inflation

ONS: Inflation and price indices

Graph shown

Day Ahead Gas Prices—Wholesale gas

Jeremy Hunt backs inflation battle and says UK is financially stable

HM Treasury—About Us is the forwarding link to UK Column Extracts’ social media platforms

Debi Evans Blog: 21 March 2023

AV13 Event Ticket


Sandi Adams Talks The Talk and Walk The Walk In Local Councils

52:44 Sandi Adams: Agenda 2030—Part 1, 2 and 3


Depleted Uranium: Britain Cranks Up Ukraine War Risk

56:52 UK defends sending depleted uranium shells after Putin warning

BBC (2006): Depleted uranium risk 'ignored'

Ukraine Interactive map—Ukraine Latest news on live map

Kyiv Independent: Kyiv set to receive first MiG–29 jets

Maj-Gen. Chip Chapman: “Once cut off, Wagner Group would be 'easy to collapse'”

MoD: Latest Defence Intelligence update on the situation in Ukraine—22 March 2023

Clare Daly MEP—speech from 15 March 2023: “Ukraine is burning through a generation of men” 


Digitalised UK and Deepening Israeli Relationship

1:07:26 FCDO: Tackling malign influence

Plans to make UK an international technology superpower launched

The Data Protection Act—Gov.UK

The digital pound—Bank of England

Eli Cohen and James Cleverly signed an agreement to deepen UK-Israel relationship

Israeli military acknowledged Wednesday that it made a “mistake” in launching the secretive influence campaign on social media


Sex Education in Schools 

1:12:31 Tory MP demands schools publish sex education plans

Scottish teaching union warns of 'toxic' misinformation over trans rights

Headteacher killed herself after news of low Ofsted rating

Headteacher to refuse Ofsted entry after school leader's suicide

Scottish Union for Education—Newsletter No. 6