The MP for Kensington visited Imperial College Hammersmith campus to help investigate the science behind policy decisions and improve her access to scientific evidence.

Lady Victoria Borwick was joined by Professor Sian Harding from the National Heart and Lung Institute for the visit which took place on April 6.

It is the second visit she has made to the lab as part of a unique pairing scheme run by the Royal Society - the UK’s national academy of science, with support from the Government Office for Science.

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The MP, who is a member of the Science and Technology Select Committee, took part in an experiment examining heartbeat rhythm, and discussed regenerative medicine with Professor Harding, a leading figure in this field.

She also attended a meeting of clinicians with biological scientists, engineers and mathematicians to solve problems of heart rhythm disturbances.

Following her visit to Imperial , the MP said: “The Royal Society’s pairing scheme is a fantastic initiative which builds bridges between parliamentarians and the UK’s best scientists.

“It is essential that scientists are made aware of how their scientific discoveries influence decisions made in Parliament and just as crucial that Parliamentarians understand how these discoveries come about.

“I enjoyed gaining hands on experience in the lab and look forward to building links with the scientific community.”