The Labour Party will scrap tuition fees said John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor, today.
“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.”
The Shaw Education Secretary also hinted at the plan. When asked this morning whether Labour planned to abolish the fees Angela Rayner said: “watch this space.”
Tomorrow, Thursday 11 May 2017 at 4pm is the deadline for candidates wishing to stand in the 2017 General Election to deliver nomination papers to the relevant Returning Officer. It is also the deadline for candidates to withdraw.
Candidates must be 18 years old or over and either:
- British citizen
- A citizen of the Republic of Ireland
- A citizen of a commonwealth country who does not require leave to enter or remain in the UK, or has indefinite leave to remain in the UK.
The following groups are barred from standing:
- Members of the police forces
- Members of the armed forces
- Civil servants, judges and peers who sit and can vote in the House of Lords
- People who are subject to a bankruptcy restrictions order or a debt relief restrictions order in England, Wales or Northern Ireland
- People who have been adjudged bankrupt in Northern Ireland
- People who have had their estate confiscated (sequestrated) in Scotland
All candidates need to appoint an election agent and provide a deposit of £500 with their nomination papers.