Labour hopeful Owen Smith pledges to scrap tuition fees

The BBC is reporting that Labour leadership hopeful Owen Smith has set out plans to scrap university tuition fees in an effort to win over the youth vote.

Mr Smith has called for the current funding system to be abolished and replaced with a 1%-2% graduate tax.

He also promised a high-level apprenticeship to every 18-year-old who gets the grades.

Mr Smith is attempting to unseat Jeremy Corbyn less than a year after he was overwhelmingly elected leader.

At an event at Nottingham University, the MP for Pontypridd said if he was elected Labour leader, he would push for paid traineeships to help further education students get the skills needed to find a job after their course.

“Young people have been let down time and time again by this government,” he said.

“Our failure to give the next generation the best start in life is the great scandal of our time.”

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