Plaid berates Labour over tuition fees hypocrisy

Labour cries crocodile tears over England tuition fee hike despite introducing exactly the same policy in Wales

Plaid Cymru Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education Llyr Gruffydd has berated the Labour party for opposing a policy in England despite introducing exactly the same policy in Wales.

During the Westminster debate on the topic, Labour MPs claimed that raising tuition fees to £9,250 per year was “unsustainable for students and completely unfair”, “anti-social mobility policy writ large” and “a cold, calculating trick on young people”. Yet this is exactly the same policy that the Labour government has implemented in Wales.

Plaid Cymru Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Education Llyr Gruffydd AM said, “How dare the Labour party shed crocodile tears over raising tuition fees in England when it has implemented exactly the same policy in Wales. Labour’s blatant hypocrisy on this matter beggars belief.

“Labour MPs made eloquent speeches yesterday explaining exactly why raising tuition fees to £9,250 per year is unfair on young people and is hugely damaging to social mobility. Perhaps they should have directed their speeches at their colleagues in the Welsh Government, who seem perfectly comfortable with this move.

“If the Labour party feels so strongly about the need to hold a vote on this matter at Westminster, then why not give us the same opportunity in the National Assembly for Wales?

“Labour fought an election campaign in June on the promise of scrapping tuition fees, yet the Labour government in Wales is now hiking up these fees to record levels. Until Labour practices in government in Cardiff what it preaches in opposition at Westminster then why should we trust a word they say?

“Plaid Cymru wants to see university education made affordable for everyone. We won’t let Labour price young people out of education.”

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