The Independent reports that Labour has pledged to scrap tuition fees for students starting university in September and those part way through their degree would pay no further fees for the remainder of the course.
Leader Jeremy Corbyn accused the Conservatives of having “held students back for too long” by helping to treble tuition fees to more than £9,000 a year, claiming Labour wants to “lift this cloud of debt” by making it free for people to study at university in England.
Labour estimated its policy to scrap tuition fees could benefit around 400,000 students from this autumn if numbers remain unchanged.
The party added it would seek to provide free tuition for EU students and would seek reciprocal arrangements at EU universities as part of Brexit talks.
Mr Corbyn said: “Students will benefit from having more money in their pockets, and we will all benefit from the engineers, doctors, teachers and scientists that our universities produce.”
Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner added: “If students sitting their A-levels now want a say on their future they need to register to vote before tonight’s deadline and vote Labour on June 8.”
A Conservative spokesman said: “There are now more students from disadvantaged backgrounds getting into university than ever before. But if Jeremy Corbyn is in charge of our Brexit negotiations, all of this will be under threat.”
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