“Despite opposition from the Labour Party, the Government succeeded in rushing through its vote to increase the tuition fee cap and hiking up the cost of going to university. This is disastrous for young people and families up and down the country, who now face the prospect of significantly higher fees and higher debt if they wish to enter higher education.
“Prior to this year’s General Election, I signed the National Union of Students’ pledge to oppose a fee rise in this Parliament. I honoured this promise, stood up for students and opposed plans to increase tuition fees. Those who signed but ultimately reneged on this promise should be ashamed of themselves. If more ConDems had backed students, they wouldn’t be facing a tuition fee bill of £9000 a year and Britain wouldn’t now have the highest fees of any public university system in the industrialised world.
“I firmly believe that the cost of universities should be shared fairly between the taxpayer and graduates and I am disappointed that the Government has ended this principle, instead introducing a system where graduates will have to pay the whole cost of most degrees as a direct result of the swingeing cuts of 80% to higher education funding. This could force students to choose the cheapest course available rather than one that best suits them.”