Karl Turner MP Votes Against Damaging Changes To Higher Education.

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This week Karl Turner voted against the government’s planned changes for Higher Education. The Bill put forward by the government does not meet the needs of 21st century Britain and seeks to deregulate the establishment of new universities.

At a time when our existing universities already risk losing tens of thousands of EU students, government obsession with untried and untested providers could undermine rather than reward the sector. It might only take one fiasco or scandal to damage the Higher Education sector internationally.

The Labour Party deeply opposes any potential link between the Teaching Excellence Framework and Tuition Fees. The government wants to allow the top achieving universities to raise tuition fees in line inflation which will price students from lower income families out of the market.

On top of this, students have already been hit over the last twelve months by the triple whammy of scrapping maintenance grants for loans, freezing the student loan threshold and removing NHS bursaries, damaging social mobility for the most disadvantaged students.

This vicious Tory government is putting the market before students and risks undermining any future participation of people from disadvantaged backgrounds, it is for this reason that Karl Turner voted against this Bill.

Karl Turner visits Stoneferry Primary School in support of the ‘Send my friend to school’ campaign

Karl Turner today visited Stoneferry Primary school in support of the ‘Send My Friend to School’ campaign.

Send My Friend to School brings together thousands of children across the UK to speak up for the right to education, and remind world leaders of their promise that all children should get the chance to go to school.

In the UK the campaign seeks to increase community awareness of the state of education internationally and generate the political will necessary to ensure the UK plays an active and effective part in efforts to secure education for all.

Karl was personally invited by a pupil at the school who wrote him a handwritten letter asking him to attend. Pupils at Stoneferry Primary School have been taking part in activities all week including projects focusing on friendship as well as designing themed rucksacks which are aimed at raising awareness of the cause.

Karl will now put pressure on the Government to make sure that education for those in developing countries is put front and centre in any new international development settlement.

You can find out more about the Send My Friend to School Campaign here.

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Karl with pupils from the school who have designed rucksacks to raise awareness.