The Economy and Work

Part of Debate on the Address – in the House of Commons at 1:23 pm on 26th May 2016.

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Photo of George Osborne George Osborne Chancellor of the Exchequer and First Secretary of State 1:23 pm, 26th May 2016

I do not agree with that. Evidence shows that as a result of university reforms introduced by the Labour Government—which the hon. Gentleman used to support—and by the coalition Government and now this Conservative Government, not only are a record number of students going to our universities, but a record number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds are going. I find it extraordinary that a Labour party that introduced tuition fees is now promising to scrap them and create a £10 billion hole that will presumably be filled by taxes that are paid by those who did not go to university and have lower incomes. That is the so-called progressive policy of the so-called progressive Labour party.