Press Release: Office of Jean Lambert MEP

1st March 2006

 

Green MEP calls for free, fair and funded education

Jean at the NUS Rally - BirminghamGreen Euro MP, Jean Lambert joined with Coalition 2010 and the NUS, at a student rally in Birmingham yesterday, as she called for action to prevent the £3000 cap on tuition fees being raised even further.

The education demonstration saw students gather in protest against further extensions to the education market that already deters students from poorer, and under represented backgrounds, going into further education.

Jean Lambert, Green MEP for London, gave her support at the rally and voiced her concerns over the increasing fees and ultimately student's debts. Jean said; "It is totally immoral that students today are being forced to enter in to society, starting their working lives, with debts often amounting to more than their first years salary.

"Higher education should be freely available to anyone who wants to learn new skills and provide a greater contribution to society. A student's choice of course should not be determined by the size of their purse. What we need is a free, fair and funded education system that gives everyone a choice."

The Government will begin a review process of the £3000 cap in 2008 and a decision will be made in 2009. Any changes will be implemented in 2010.

ENDS

For more information please contact:
Morwenna Holland, Media Officer
tel: 020 7407 6280 or 07813149812
email: media@jeanlambertmep.org.uk
www.jeanlambertmep.org.uk

Notes to editors:
Jean Lambert: In October 2005 Jean was named MEP 2005 for Justice and Human Rights. Jean was first elected Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London in the 1999 European elections. She was re-elected in 2004. She is one of nine MEPs representing London and one of two UK Green representatives in the European Parliament.