Labour MP Zarah Sultana was attacked for brandishing her University loan statements in Parliament and insisting University repayments were a “crushing student debt.” She also took aim at Boris Johnson for his Eton education and was accused of inciting “class warfare” by Tory MP Andrew Percy on the complex issue of university fees. In Parliament yesterday Ms Sultana said: “In 2010, like thousands of other young people, I argued against the tripling of tuition fees. But the Government ignored us.
“And now I currently have around 50,000 pounds of student debt.
“Here is my latest student loans statement.
“As it says, this year alone the interest added was £2,022.65.
“So I ask the secretary of state, can he look me in the eye and tell me that is fair.
“Is it fair that working-class kids who want an education are forced to take on this colossal debt while his Government is led by a man, Boris Johnson, who went from the playing fields of Eton to a free education at Oxford.”
DON’T MISS: Angry voters savage Bercow for ‘ABUSED power’ and warn against peerage
Mr Skidmore replied: “ I think it is important to reflect that when it comes to student loans, and the payment itself students are paying nothing back until they start earning 25,725 pounds.
“From April 2020 that will actually rise to 26,575 pounds.”
The Minister of State went on to argue since 2009 there has been an increase of 62 percent of people going to university who are from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Tory Andrew Percy also responded with fury. He said: “As a working-class lad who actually did go to university and voted against the tripling of tuition fees. Can I urge my honourable friend to ignore the class warfare of the honourable lady opposite. Is it not the case that the one thing I was wrong about in that vote in 2010 was that it would put working-class kids off?”
Following the outburst from the Labour MP, viewers took to Twitter to voice their rage and displeasure at the “cheap” tactics to create a class war.
One Twitter user said: “ It is not a debt, it’s a tax.