Stephen Timms, Member of Parliament for East Ham, today voted against the Coalition’s proposal to scrap the Education Maintenance Allowance. The plan will impact the future prospects of around 600,000 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Speaking after the vote Mr Timms said: “Last year, during a Cameron Direct event in London, the Prime Minister said that he supported EMAs. Now he plans to scrap them. This is another broken promise. 

"Young people in East Ham have been punished by this Tory led Government since May – the abolition of Building Schools for the Future, the raising of tuition fees and now the scrapping of EMA. Meanwhile, they have given the green light to City banks who want to pay their staff extortionate bonuses. This is a Government which has got its priorities completely and utterly wrong.”

AuthorStephen Timms