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September 06, 2011

Skeptical MPs

The Early Day Motion expressing concern about private providers in higher education provides an interesting list of MPs who seem specially skeptical of the government's university reforms. Most of the 127 signatories are Labour, but here are the others, including 22 Lib Dems:

Long, Naomi Alliance Party Belfast East
Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion
Hermon, Lady INDEPENDENT North Down
Brake, Tom Liberal Democrats Carshalton and Wallington
Campbell, Menzies Liberal Democrats North East Fife
Crockart, Mike Liberal Democrats Edinburgh West
Farron, Tim Liberal Democrats Westmorland and Lonsdale
George, Andrew Liberal Democrats St Ives
Gilbert, Stephen Liberal Democrats St Austell and Newquay
Hancock, Mike Liberal Democrats Portsmouth South
Hemming, John Liberal Democrats Birmingham Yardley
Horwood, Martin Liberal Democrats Cheltenham
Huppert, Julian Liberal Democrats Cambridge
Kennedy, Charles Liberal Democrats Ross Skye and Lochaber
Leech, John Liberal Democrats Manchester Withington
Lloyd, Stephen Liberal Democrats Eastbourne
Mulholland, Greg Liberal Democrats Leeds North West
Munt, Tessa Liberal Democrats Wells Somerset
Pugh, John Liberal Democrats Southport
Russell, Bob Liberal Democrats Colchester
Sanders, Adrian Liberal Democrats Torbay
Swales, Ian Liberal Democrats Redcar
Ward, David Liberal Democrats Bradford East
Williams, Mark Liberal Democrats Ceredigion
Williams, Roger Liberal Democrats Brecon and Radnorshire
Edwards, Jonathan Plaid Cymru Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Llwyd, Elfyn Plaid Cymru Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Williams, Hywel Plaid Cymru Arfon
Durkan, Mark Social Democratic and Labour Party Foyle
Ritchie, Margaret Social Democratic and Labour Party South Down


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I'm going to be a pain here, but have you any idea how these MPs voted in the fees hoo-ha? Would be an interesting analysis.

Not to be snuffy, but what are these Scots, Welsh and Irish doing sticking their noses into English HE. This is a devolved matter now.

@Newell Yes, it wd be interesting. My guess is that this list is more authentic in terms of concern for HE. The crunch vote was I suspect contaminated more by the issue of Lib Dems on narrow majorities or in student towns fretting about losing their seat.

@Andrew Ish. A lot of the framework is still UK, cf Edinburgh going to fees of £9k.

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