Tuition Fees

Part of Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 9:24 pm on 30th November 2010.

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Photo of Anas Sarwar Anas Sarwar Labour, Glasgow Central 9:24 pm, 30th November 2010

I have given way plenty of times but I need to carry on.

It is time that the Liberal Democrats stopped being so shameless on this issue. As we have heard already, in the past few days, the Business Secretary has been delivering leaflets-not personally, but he has been quoted in them; perhaps he should go out and deliver them and then he might get the reaction in the Scottish streets. A headline on the leaflet reads, "Cable attacks unfair UK university fees", and the text goes on:

"Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable has launched a scathing attack on...unfair tuition fees which still have to be paid by Scottish students studying elsewhere in the UK. He likened tuition fees to the infamous poll tax, as the fees are seen as an unfair weight around students' necks...The Lib Dems want to scrap tuition fees across the UK, as they did in Scotland in 1999".

Wake up and smell the coffee! I signed the pledge to vote against these fees and I will honour that pledge.