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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems


December 10, 2010 1:25 PM

Stephen Lloyd outside WestminsterSpeaking exclusively to the Herald before the tuition fees vote in Parliament, Stephen Lloyd MP said: "It has been a very challenging time in Westminster over the last couple of weeks as the issue of tuition fees has hit the headlines.

My honest view is that Vince Cable, the Secretary of State, has come up with a pretty fair and progressive proposal: no one will pay fees upfront; the lowest 25% of graduate earners will pay less than they do at the moment; no one will start repaying anything until they are earning over £21,000 per year - up from the current £15,000per year; The rich will contribute more than those on middle and low incomes and there will be more generous grants available to students from low income families.

In other circumstances I would vote for the increase, as part of this wider policy which benefits the less well off. I signed a pledge, however, to vote against any increase in tuition fees and constituents across the town have asked me to do just that. Consequently, I will be voting against increasing the cap to £9,000 on Thursday. For me, the promises I have made to my constituents will always come first."