15/04/2011

NUS - Reclaim your voice campaign



Today along with my colleagues Mohammed Asif and Jenny Marra I supported the NUS's Reclaim Your Voice campaign. We met with Abertay University Students' Association President David Currie to show our support for the pledge. Labour's Iain Gray has also set out Labour's case in the video.



Young people should not be burdened with tuition fees and that's why I wholeheartedly back this campaign. Access to education must always be based on ability to learn, not ability to pay.



Scottish Labour Leader Iain Gray was the first party leader to sign up to this campaign and I am pleased to follow his lead. A Labour government will not introduce any up-front or back ended fees in the lifetime of the next parliament. Students have been let down by Nick Clegg's betrayal and Alex Salmond's broken promises. We need our young people to have the knowledge and skills Scotland's economy will require as we move out of recession. Supporting students is part of Labour's drive to focus on the things that matter. I was delighted to be joined by my colleagues Mohammed Asif and Jenny Marra in pledging our support for the NUS's campaign and in stating that we support Labour's policy of no tuition fees; that there should no price tag on university education