Stephanie Reveals Confidence Crisis at Government's Key Lab

As reported in The Mirror and The Independent on the 7th April, Stephanie revealed a crisis in confidence in leadership at the Government's key science lab at Porton Down. 

Staff at the Government’s chemical warfare HQ have lost confidence in its leadership as hundreds desert their jobs, an internal survey showed.

Experts say a multi-million pound funding cut and the mass exodus of staff have left morale at rock-bottom.

Stephanie exposed the alarming findings from an internal staff survey at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory.

Just 26 per cent expressed confidence in the decisions made by DSTL’s senior managers.

Less than one worker in six felt their pay stood up against equivalent professionals elsewhere.

And only a third felt motivated to meet the organisation’s objectives.

Stephanie said:

“As this week has shown all too clearly, Porton Down is in the front line of defending Britain.

“But these disturbing results show this world-leading laboratory is being undermined by the Government’s refusal to invest in our services – with millions of pounds and hundreds of staff axed under the Tories.

“Our scientists are at the global forefront of protecting people here and abroad from chemical and biological warfare or terrorism.

“When ministers’ own civil servants have no confidence in their leadership, it is clear that the Government is letting down the people who work hard to keep us safe.

“These figures are just the latest evidence that the Government needs to fundamentally re-think their whole approach to our public services.”

Less than one worker in six felt their pay stood up against equivalent professionals elsewhere.

And only a third felt motivated to meet the organisation’s objectives.

DSTL has seen its income decline by more than 10 per cent since the Tories came to power in 2015. In the same period, it has lost nearly 200 staff.

Stephanie said: “The consequences of Tory cuts are being laid bare. On their watch, the morale of defence staff is falling as fast as their budgets.”