Labour attacked for 'betrayals'

October 9, 1998

Students have been betrayed by broken government promises over tuition fees, shadow education secretary David Willetts said in Wednesday's education debate.

Mr Willetts attacked the Labour Party's U-turn over tuition fees. He also accused the government of smothering universities with bureaucracy. "Universities are trapped in a paper chase. And some of the bureaucracy is generated by a policy that Labour explicitly denied before the last election. Tony Blair pledged: 'Labour has no plans to introduce tuition fees for higher education.' New students arriving at college this term will know that they cannot trust Labour ever again."

Conference passed a motion from Cambridge City Conservative Association that deplored the damage done to the education system by recent proposals imposing more central government control.

It called on Conservatives to fight measures to extend local education authority bureaucracy and to curtail students' freedom of choice.

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Most Commented

Daniel Mitchell illustration (29 June 2017)

Academics who think they can do the work of professional staff better than professional staff themselves are not showing the kind of respect they expect from others

As the pay of BBC on-air talent is revealed, one academic comes clean about his salary

A podium constructed out of wood

There are good reasons why some big names are missing from our roster

Senior academics at Teesside University put at risk of redundancy as summer break gets under way

Thorns and butterflies

Conditions that undermine the notion of scholarly vocation – relentless work, ubiquitous bureaucracy – can cause academics acute distress and spur them to quit, says Ruth Barcan