Sunday, October 17, 2010

Labour's Browne review attacked by Welsh LibDems

The Welsh Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference in Brecon today passed the following motion, proposed by Liberal Youth:

Conference notes:
  1. The "Browne Review" of October 12th and its recommendations for Higher Education funding in England
  2. That the implementation of this will have major effects on the future of student finance in Wales
  3. That the Welsh Liberal Democrats are opposed to Tuition fees, and that our MPs pledged to vote against any increase in fees ahead of the General Election

Conference believes:
  1. that there are alternative ways to fund higher education that do not involve burdening the students of today with high levels of debt
  2. that higher education should remain affordable and an option to people, whatever their economic background

Conference calls for
  1. Welsh Liberal Democrats to reject the wholesale implementation of the proposals of the Browne Review
  2. the Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Group to do everything possible to mitigate the effect on Welsh students of any change in funding in England
  3. The Welsh Assembly Government to urgently address the Higher Education Funding Gap, and divert wasteful economic development spending to fund Welsh Universities.


Mike said...

Labour commissioned a review, so what? It's your party that will see it put into action against the pledges you made.

"Labour's Browne review attacked by Welsh LibDems". Desperate stuff.

Pete Roberts said...


The final motion contained two deletions which I dont have to hand so this is not the final wording that was approved by representatives


Aberavon and Neath Liberal Democrats said...

The post will be updated and marked as such when we receive the substantive version of the resolution.

Anonymous said...

Unbelievable, so now you are blaming your parties student fees duplicity on Labour - Shame on you!

An ex-liberal voter!

Aberavon and Neath Liberal Democrats said...

Not duplicity, because, if we had won an overall majority in the general election, we would have abolished tuition fees over the lifetime of the parliament, as per manifesto. We have to accept that, as it turned out, a large majority of the UK electorate voted for parties which wanted to keep and increase tuition fees. What we did wrong was to frame the pledge without regard to the possibility of having to compromise in coalition.

But our new president, Tim Farron, will fulfill his pledge and it appears most Liberal Democrat back-benchers will follow his lead.

Labour cannot be blamed for going into the election on the understanding that they would implement the Browne report. What is reprehensible is to disown it as soon as they are out of government.

Frank Little