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Brent Central MP gambles with the next generation

Brent Central MP, Sarah Teather broke her promise to Brent’s youth last week and supported the Coalition’s bill to raise the university cap on tuition fees.

The Government’s new plans will see students paying up to £9,000 per year for university. Before the election earlier this year, Teather vowed to vote against tuition fees.

Her maiden speech in 2003 focused on the unfairness of tuition fees when she stated: “Top-up and tuition fees are serious issues of concern to my constituents. All the evidence suggests that fear of debt will deter those from lower income families and ethnic minority communities. This is particularly the case for Muslims - a large community in my constituency - where attitudes to debt are very different.

"Fundamentally, I believe that this is about whether we want to encourage a world class education system, or a class based education system where students choose universities according to their ability to pay, and universities are judged on the level of their fees.”

Navin Shah, Assembly Member for Brent and Harrow, said: “She's claimed she's a politician of principle, but when push came to shove, Teather put her party and her career ahead of her beliefs. Her maiden speech must prove embarrassing now.

“Brent is one of the most deprived local authorities in the country and we should be actively encouraging our young people to go to university – not put them off by pricing them out.”

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13th December 2010