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Harrow East MP does U-turn on next generation’s future

Harrow East MP, Bob Blackman broke his promise to Harrow’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, Blackman vowed to vote against tuition fees signing up to the Harrow College pledge.

Navin Shah, Assembly Member for Brent and Harrow, said: “I witnessed the hustings at the Harrow Campusof Westminster Unviersity where Bob Blackman promised to vote against a hike in tuition fees and I am astounded, but not surprised, that he has done a complete U-Turn on this issue.

“It’s obvious that Blackman puts his party and his career ahead of his beliefs and the commitment he has made to my constituents. Signing the pledge must prove embarrassing for him now.

“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