New Lib Dem Leader Suggests Tuition Fees for Scotland
NEW LIB DEM LEADER SUGGESTS TUITION FEES FOR SCOTLAND
RENNIE MUST DISOWN COMMENTS FROM “BLUNDERING” CABLE
Patricia Gibson MP has said that comments made by Lib Dem Leader Vince Cable MP suggesting that it was a mistake to scrap university tuition fees in Scotland, implies that Lib Dem policy would be to impose fees of up to £9,250 a year on Scottish students, as we see in England. Mr Cable himself broke an election pledge to oppose fees when a Minister in the Con/Lib Coalition Government.
Patricia Gibson MP said:
“Vince Cable’s blundering comments are a major gaffe and a huge embarrassment to his leader in Scotland, Willie Rennie MSP. Not content with driving their party off an electoral cliff by their tuition fees betrayal in England, their UK leader is now suggesting the Lib Dems support imposing £9,250 a year fees on Scottish students.
“Willie Rennie must urgently make clear whether forcing students to pay tuition fees is once again Scottish Lib Dem policy, or distance himself from his new leader.”
Comments by Vince Cable in today’s Press & Journal:
“The Scottish system doesn’t have tuition fees as in England. I see that initially that was quite a popular policy, but people are now beginning to realise how it was paid for.”