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Angela Rayner said the government could not trust Tory MPs to back the fee rise [Image: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian].

Let’s be honest: Tories who asked Theresa Maybe to cut student fees will squirm – and then vote to increase them, like the good little poodles they are.

And the DUP? Sorry, students, but £1.5 billion in their hands will mean more to them than cutting your debts!

Excuse This Writer’s cynicism, but this vote will turn out to be an opportunity for the Conservatives and the DUP to remind us all that they cannot be trusted with government because they have no principles at all.

These crawling invertebrates will say whatever they like outside Parliament, but the minute their words are put to the test, they will be swallowed – and the party line followed.

Let us hope the names of everybody who fails to support Labour’s motion are taken, so this can be used against them at the next general election (which isn’t very far away).

Labour is to force a parliamentary vote to scrap the government’s latest rise in university tuition fees.

The move, led by the shadow education secretary, Angela Rayner, will put some Conservative MPs in an uncomfortable position at a time when they have been pushing [Theresa] May to reduce the burden of fees on students.

Under the government’s plan, the annual tuition fee cap of £9,000 is to rise by £250 a year, increasing the debt of a student on a four-year course by £1,000 overall.

Jeremy Corbyn’s gains at the general election in June were partly attributed to a large vote from students after he promised to scrap tuition fees and look at ways of writing off existing fee debt.

The vote on Wednesday could also prove difficult for the Democratic Unionist party, which is supporting the Conservative government but voted against increasing the cap on student fees to £9,000 in 2010.

Source: Labour to force vote on government plan to increase tuition fees | Education | The Guardian


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