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Hull MP slams Lib Dem plan to axe Student Opportunity Fund

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today pressed Ministers about reports that the Lib Dems plan to axe funding that helps students from poorer backgrounds into further education.

Speaking in Business Questions in the House of Commons today, Diana Johnson MP said: “As the Member of Parliament whose constituency contains the excellent Hull University, I am concerned to hear press reports that the Chief Secretary to the Treasury wants to scrap the £300 million student opportunities fund.

“Will the Leader of the House arrange for the Chief Secretary to make a statement to the House explaining why, after trebling tuition fees, scrapping the Education Maintenance Allowance and making cuts to further education, he now wants to axe the only part of the universities budget that is about assisting students from poorer backgrounds to go to university?”

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