Jeremy Corbyn accused of breaking promise to scrap tuition fees
Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of going back on an election promise he argues he 'never made'.
The Labour leader has been accused of not delivering on the promise he made to 'deal with' past students' tuition fee debt. In his election pledge, Corbyn stated that he would aim to 'deal with' student debt by reducing the burden of it.
However, the Conservative party, and many other of Corbyn's critics are arguing that he initially promised to eradicate past student debt; a promise he is now going back on.
However, Corbyn insisted that 'what [he] said was [Labour] would deal with [student debt] by trying to reduce the burden of it.' He therefore promised to help alleviate the burden of debt for past students, but he never said that he would eradicate their debt altogether.
The Independent reported that in an interview on the Andrew Marr show, Corbyn admitted that he was 'unaware' of the size of the student loans debt when he said he would 'deal with it', which has sparked outrage, with accusations that Corbyn is supposedly abandoning his pledge.
However, Corbyn never said that he would eradicate past students' debt, only that he would aim to help alleviate it, with promises to scrap future £9,000/ year tuition fees for future students still going ahead.
The increasing confusion over what Corbyn did and did not say has led to demands for Corbyn's resignation amongst the likes of Alan Sugar:
.@jeremycorbyn it's clear you alluded to students refunds to get votes from young impressionable people. You are a cheat and should resign— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) July 24, 2017
However, Sugar's accusation that students are 'impressionable' has been met with considerable backlash:
Hi student here, thanks for the support but I'm rather politically aware and not "impressionable" thanks for the patronising statement tho x— Immie (@immie_bee) July 24, 2017
Tories such as Justine Greening and Jo Johnson have accused Corbyn of using young voters as election fodder. However, Corbyn has announced that Labour will release a statement to clarify the matter in the near future.