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Last chance protests


6:17am 9th December 2010


Chris Wiggin, Liberal Democrat candidate for Heslington and Vice-Chair Campaigns of Liberal Youth, the Youth and Student wing of the Liberal Democrats, is calling on York's two MPs to vote against a rise in tuition fees in a vote scheduled for Thursday.

The Government has called for a vote on Thursday 9th December on a Statutory Instrument to raise the cap on tuition fees from the current £3290 cap to a higher cap of £9000 per year.

Chris Wiggin has contacted Hugh Bayley and Julian Sturdy asking them to vote against, and is urging others to do the same.

Commenting, Chris Wiggin said, “Passing this vote would mean that students next year and beyond will have to pay the full level of £9000 without any of the progressive elements of the Browne report into Higher Education, until further legislation is introduced. The Government has not even published a White Paper with their proposals yet.”

“I urge Hugh Bayley and Julian Sturdy as our local MPs to vote against this rise in fees, and to call on the Government to present their White Paper on Higher Education funding as soon as possible so Parliament can have a full and proper debate on the proposed changes.”

On Thursday Councillors will debate a motion at Full Council on 9th December that also calls on local MPs to vote against the planned increase in fees. The motion will be proposed by Fulford’s Liberal Democrat Councillor Keith Aspden, who used one of his first speeches to Council in 2003 to call for tuition fees to be scrapped, and seconded by Dringhouses and Woodthorpe Councillor Tom Holvey.

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