University fee hike to cost coalition in marginal seats, researchers find

The Guardian is reporting that Conservatives and Lib Dems are likely to lose student votes to Labour at the election as a result of tuition fees rises which may leave some ministers’ seats in peril…

The decision to treble undergraduate tuition fees will damage the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives by swinging student votes in marginal seats towards Labour at next year’s general election, according to research published by the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi).

Among those coalition MPs most at risk are the education secretary, Nicky Morgan, who faces a tough fight to hang on to her student-heavy Loughborough constituency, as well as prominent Lib Dems including the justice minister, Simon Hughes, in Bermondsey and Southwark, and the climate secretary, Ed Davey, in Kingston and Surbiton.

The analysis by political scientist Prof Stephen Fisher of Trinity College, Oxford, found that results in up to 12 constituencies with high concentrations of university students are most likely to be decided by hostility to the decision to raise fees in England, which occurred as many of the current crop of undergraduates first entered university in 2012.

“Support for Labour among students dropped dramatically in 2005 after they were seen to go back on their 2001 manifesto promise not to introduce ‘top-up’ fees. Similarly, Liberal Democrat support for tuition fees while in government despite pre-election pledges to vote against them seems to have led to an even greater fall in the Lib Dem student vote than for Britain as a whole,” Fisher said.

“If maintained to next year’s general election, the Liberal Democrats are likely to do noticeably worse in constituencies with large numbers of student voters.”…

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