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10th May 2017

Labour say they will scrap tuition fees “once and for all”

Wil Jones

A big announcement.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has announced that Labour would get rid of tuition fees “once and for all” if they win the general election.

So far, McDonnell has refused to confirm whether the pledge will be in Labour’s manifesto, but it has emerged that he appears to have confirmed it in a speech made at an education event two weeks ago.

According to The Independent, McDonnell said: “It’s not a commodity to be bought and sold… So we want to introduce a national education service.

“Free at the point of need throughout life. And that means ending the cuts in the schools at primary and secondary level. It means free childcare. It means free school training when you need it throughout life.

“And yes it means scrapping tuition fees once and for all so we don’t burden our kids with debt for the future.”