TO VOTE AGAINST
ANY INCREASE IN FEES
in the next parliament
and to pressure the
government to introduce
A FAIRER ALTERNATIVE.
I have heard rumours of at least one resignation from the Government, and think it in the interests of the Party and of higher education as a whole if this happens. It appears that the numbers of definite ‘rebels’ – those pledging to keep to their pledge – are now at 14. That is less than one-quarter of the Parliamentary Party and not a sufficient number to suggest that being seen to honour promises and pledges is enough of a priority for Liberal Democrat MPs.
…It seems the key discussion will be a meeting of the Parliamentary Party on Tuesday. The communication – internally and otherwise – on this issue has been shameful. The sort of weasel words being used to justify any support for the Government’s position is not resonating with anybody. I hope that the next 48 hours see 43 Lib Dem MPs re-reading the manifesto commitment they made and the pledge they signed – and them doing what it takes to ensure they have any personal credibility by the end of the week.
According to Channel 4 news this lunchtime,
How they’re lining up
The following 12 Lib Dem backbenchers have said they will vote against: [John] Leech, John Pugh, Roger Williams, Mark Williams, Ian Swales, Sir Menzies Campbell, Charles Kennedy, John Hemming, Julian Huppert, Greg Mulholland, Simon Wright and Bob Russell.
from Channel 4 News
If the Leadership of our Party does not stick to the principles that we have held since I joined the Party back in 1997 – during the Parliamentary General Election when Tuition Fees was a major issue – then I am sure that I will not be the only Liberal Democrat member* calling for a
Vote of no confidence in Nick Clegg MP
at the next conference of the Liberal Democrats in Sheffield in the Spring.
Anyone wanting to join me, please contact me on gyronny[at]me.com
- Will any Libdems rebel on tuition fees vote? Here’s a list (liberalconspiracy.org)
- Three Lib Dems threaten to quit posts over fees (independent.co.uk)
- Nick Clegg to make plea to divided party on eve of tuition fees vote (guardian.co.uk)
- David Davis joins Lib Dem tuition fees revolt throwing Coalition into turmoil (dailymail.co.uk)
- MP ‘could quit over tuition fees’ (mirror.co.uk)