Tuesday 30th November 2010
Students will turn up the pressure even further on the Liberal Democrats this weekend with a protest outside the party’s London Conference.
The protest, organised by the Free Education Campaign, comes on the back of today’s second national day of protest and the wave of occupations taking place across the country against higher fees.
The peaceful protest outside the Lib Dem's London Conference is part of the national campaigning that is focussing on the Liberal Democrats MPs to not break their pre-election promise to vote down higher fees.
The pressure on the Liberal Democrats is already causing deep divisions with more than 100 of the Party’s parliamentary candidates petitioning Nick Clegg to oppose government plans to raise tuition fees in England to avoid pushing the party “back in the political wilderness.”
Fiona Edwards, spokesperson for the Free Education Campaign, said:
"Student anger is especially directed at the Liberal Democrats given their pre-election promise to vote against any fee hike.
This protest will send a loud message to the Lib Dem that students expect them to honour the pledge they made to students in May.
Without Lib Dem support, these higher fees cannot get through Parliament.
If the Lib Dems break their promise, then students will be clear for years to come which party is to blame for higher fees and a lifetime of debt."
Notes to Editor
1. Protest outside London Lib Dem Conference – Saturday 4th December
Assemble 12noon Haverstock School, Haverstock Hill, London NW3 2BQ
Nearest tube Chalk Farm MAP: http://bit.ly/ejufKa
2. The London Lib Dem MPs are:
• Vince Cable
• Simon Hughes
• Sarah Teather
• Paul Burstow
• Tom Brake
• Edward Davey
• Lynne Featherstone
3. A facebook event has been set up to mobilise students and young people to the protest: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/event.php?eid=148974651817209
4. For all press enquiries contact Free Education Campaign