Labour urged to apologise to graduates over U-turn on student debt

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The Tories have called on the Labour Party to apologise to graduates over an apparent U-turn on its plans to clear student debt.

Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner was urged to apologise for ditching her party’s campaign pledge to wipe out debt.

Ms Rayner said in the Commons last week that leader Jeremy Corbyn had “never promised” to eradicate existing debt.

She added: “We have no plans to write off existing student debt”.

Education Secretary Justine Greening penned a letter to Ms Rayner accusing her of “misleading those who put their faith in you.”

She wrote: “In pretending that the Labour Party never intended to clear student debt, you are further misleading those who put their faith in you.” 

Ms Greening added: “Given your party leader has campaigned under the banner of “straight-talking honest politics”, I look forward to your imminent apology and clarification.”

Labour hit back last night by insisting Mr Corbyn had never pledged to write off debts for students who had already graduated. 

A party source said: “Jeremy said he was looking at ways to ease the debt burden, though repeatedly made it clear we had no specific proposals on the issue as of yet.”


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