Labour pledged to scrap tuition fees and they will do. Ignore the Tory lies

This week in Parliament an emergency debate was held on tuition fees. It was called for by Labour, as an attempt to continue a national conversation about our unsustainable system for funding higher education. It’s one that sees students in England burdened with an average of £50,800 of debt (and that’s before the payday loans, overdrafts and IOUs) to access an undergraduate degree.

It comes after an offer from Labour in June’s general election to rethink our increasingly unfair approach to higher education funding. Their promise? To scrap tuition fees. It’s what they said and it’s what they meant.

Since taking office in 2010 the Tories have more than tripled undergrad tuition fees to £9,250 (and rising), and Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour manifesto pledged to scrap them … Read the rest

If Labour loses this election, MPs still criticising Corbyn must take a share of the blame

It’s no secret that a fair number of MPs in the Labour Party are less than pleased to have Jeremy Corbyn as their leader. It was an uphill struggle for the then backbencher to even make it onto the leadership ballot paper back in June 2015, reliant on a host of his fellow parliamentarians who professed not to support him for nominations to hit the threshold needed to get in the race.

Since then the frustration of his colleagues has  anything but died down; there have been coups, briefings against him and calls for his resignation in abundance. But despite his critics, some might even argue because of them, he’s survived.

There have been no successful attempts to unseat him, when asked again whether Labour members … Read the rest