Labour split over abol­ish­ing tu­ition fees

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Two Labour back­benchers with strong links to stu­dents have ques­tioned the party’s pol­icy to abol­ish tu­ition fees in Eng­land and called for a de­bate on it ahead of the next elec­tion man­i­festo. The £11 bil­lion-a-year pledge was cen­tral to Jeremy Cor­byn’s lead­er­ship cam­paign and Labour’s 2017 man­i­festo. But Rosie Duffield, MP for stu­dent-heavy Can­ter­bury, told a fringe event at the party’s con­fer­ence that “per­haps we need to keep that con­ver­sa­tion open”, adding that some peo­ple ques­tion whether “maybe we could put the money into some­thing else”. Wes Street­ing, Il­ford North MP and for­mer Na­tional Union of Stu­dents pres­i­dent, called the pol­icy a “mid­dle-class sub­sidy”. He added: “Let’s tackle ed­u­ca­tional in­equal­ity; let’s do it prop­erly.”

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