Thursday, 25 November 2010

Swales honours Tuition Fees Pledge

News today that North East MP Ian Swales is breaking ranks with senior Lib Dems and has stated he will vote against the discussed tuition fees rise. Announcing this on his website, Ian said,

I have met with Vince Cable to discuss the proposed changes, and believe that he has done a good job in improving on the Browne review's recommendations. This scheme is more progressive with 20% of students expected to be better off than they are now. However I can't support raising the fee cap up to £9,000 per year.

Ians comments mirror those of Tim Farron, president elect of the Lib Dems, in stating that, whilst Vince has done well to improve on the Labour commissioned Browne report to make it more progressive (especially for part time students),it still is not enough to mean he can break with his pledges made at the election. I agree with Ian.

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