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UUP u-turn on Student Fees

10 December, 2007

Sinn Féin MLA Sue Ramsey has said that the UUP decision to vote against a Employment and Learning Committee 'Prayer of Annulment' motion to block an increase in Student Fees proposed by Reg Empey represents a u-turn.

Ms Ramsey said:

"The Ulster Unionist stood on an election manifesto that included opposition to Student Fees. Yet today they have voted, along with the DUP, to support an increase in Student Fees.

"Nothing can disguise this as a u-turn. The UUP and DUP are selling our students short. Voting through this increase is wrong and the argument that it would interfere in a future review is bogus.

"Reg Empey may have pointed to some review in the future yet he provided no detail about how this review can deliver for our young people and no indication about how he will tackle the negative impact that Students Fees is having, particularly as a barrier to students from poorer backgrounds. He won't even admit it is a problem." ENDS

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