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MP takes tuition fees fight to Facebook

March 27, 2009 10:54 AM

Cambridge MP David Howarth has taken his fight against tuition fees to the Facebook social networking site.

Mr Howarth is backing a group set up on Facebook to raise awareness of the plight of graduates saddled with thousands of pounds worth of debt just to get an education.

Students across the country have signed up to the Liberal Democrat group, giving their own personal experiences.

Mr Howarth is also highlighting the issue in Parliament by supporting a Commons' motion.

The government is bound by law to review university and student finance this year, and the motion calls on Labour to publish its findings before a general election.

It also says it is right in principle to scrap existing tuition fees for all students studying for their first degrees either full-time or part-time which was supported at the Liberal Democrats' spring conference in Harrogate.

Mr Howarth said: "We should not be putting students in the position where they need to get into debt to get an education. This is totally unacceptable.

"And it seriously concerns me that the government's review of the existing system could be seen as an excuse for even higher fees.

"We should be abolishing all tuition fees, and I was glad to see the Lib Dem conference supported this move.