Stephen Timms, Member of Parliament for East Ham, today voted against the Government’s proposals to increase tuition fees to £9,000. The plans which, NUS President Aaron Porter has described as a “huge gamble”, will see students in East Ham pay a “triple whammy" of higher fees, real interest rates for loans and a longer debt write-off period.

Speaking after the vote Mr Timms said: “The plans to raise tuition fees by are not necessary, not fair, and not good for higher education.

“The Conservatives, using the Lib Dems as a fig leaf, are increasing tuition fees to cover the fact that that they have chosen to cut funding for university teaching by 80%, leading to the highest fees of any public university system in the industrialised world. 

“I do not support taking away opportunities for people from East Ham and neighbouring constituencies to get a degree. That is why I voted against the Government.”

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