Boris Johnson will drop a pledge to cut tuition fees from the Tory manifesto, i understands. His decision to leave out the headline promise comes even after Theresa May urged the Conservatives to lower them to £7,500.
According to Tory sources, party HQ is eager to keep tuition fees “off the agenda”, believing the anger over student debt has “blown over” in the public eye.
Student debt became one of the key battlegrounds during the 2017 election, with Jeremy Corbyn’s pledge to scrap university fees attracting thousands of young voters to back Labour.
A senior Conservative told i: “The issue has slid quite sharply down the salience scale. And although the Augar [Review] proposals or any other variation may be good, they are also just as complex as the current system to explain and a general election is not the time to start doing it.”
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