Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant claims Jeremy Corbyn could not have kept tuition fees promise

Jeremy Corbyn would not be able to keep his promise to abolish university tuition fees, Lichfield’s MP has claimed.

Michael Fabricant and Jeremy Corbyn

Michael Fabricant and Jeremy Corbyn

The Labour leader saw his party outperform expectations of many experts to prevent the Conservatives from winning an overall majority.

Mr Corbyn had attempted to woo swathes of voters with a series of policies targeting students and young people.

But Conservative MP Michael Fabricant said he doubted Labour could make one of their main promises a reality.

“His ‘bribe’ to abolish tuition fees and refund fees was very attractive – though, like the Liberal Democrats who famously made the same promise, it is unlikely he would ever have been able to carry it out because of the cost and opposition from universities,” he said.

“Jeremy Corbyn decided to focus on younger voters who had never voted before. Jeremy Corbyn has been a life-long campaigner and protester, though he has never been a legislator.”

Mr Fabricant admitted that younger voters had been attracted to Labour due to perceptions around the decision to leave the European Union.

He explained: “Although being a life-long Eurosceptic, many younger voters who had voted Remain in the recent referendum were repelled by the ‘Brexit campaign’ of the Conservatives.

“The Labour Party fought a brilliant campaign on social media calling young people out to vote on the day with simple and attractive messages.

“The Conservatives, in contrast fought a weak campaign. But the qualities that make a good campaigner do not necessarily make a good Prime Minister – and vice versa.”

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13 Comments

  1. Steven Norman

    9th June, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Don’t think Mr Fabricant’s wisdom is worth listening to when he’s never been given a ministerial job the whole time he’s been in Parliament. Not even as a PUSS or even when the Tories were down to about 160 MPs between 1997 and 2005.

  2. John Griffin

    9th June, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Quite correct Mr Norman, was going to make the same point meself.
    Fabbo is simply sad. Corbyn could make good for those wanting to go to uni., not a lot can be done for those, like two of mine, who have debts offloaded to a private company.

  3. Adam Elsdon

    9th June, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Lets take Netherstowe Primary school Conservatives are cutting the budget by £376,178 by 2022 with the loss of 10 teachers.
    Labour were proposing no cuts with a slight increase of £22,353 and 1 more teacher over the same period.
    The rest of the Schools in Lichfield and Burntwood are ALL expecting similar cuts between 8 and 18%, and that is before our kids even make it into further education. Wilfully destroying our future and our national growth.
    I am appalled that people voted to allow this in Lichfield and Burntwood.

    Fabricant now part of the Conservative “Unionist” party, allied with a DUP that are climate deniers, that will not allow same sex marriages and are open in support for the abortion ban, which sees women imprisoned for having one and denied access to safe and legal terminations, the vicars daughter will bring austerity with puritanical backing.

  4. Mike

    9th June, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Reading between the lines then with his last statement he is saying Theresa May is a good prime minister? I have heard the word delusional a lot in the last couple of years,aimed at those that support Corbyn, but this is the real meaning of the word. A prime minister that has to hold onto power at all costs, even making deals with a puritanical right-wing party who supported the likes of the UVF. Her speech today had some very worrying tones in it regarding their relationship The irony! No doubt Michael will be supporting BoJo when the leadership is up for grabs, he has a habit of shifting his loyalties around

    Regarding school funding, can you tell me why KE VI need to put out the begging bowl by having a building fund appeal, and as to why parents are being asked to buy books such as Romeo & Juliet so their child can complete part of the GCSE curriculum? There a schools falling apart, roads falling apart, a chronically underfunded health service and cuts everywhere, yet you repeatedly oat yourselves on the back going on about the deficit without really understanding that you have stifled growth in the country by your actions.

  5. Cearbhaill

    11th June, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    Reading through these threads, interesting though they are, what I cannot help but notice is that no one has picked up on the fact that the Labour Party (come on now let’s be honest) knew that it wasn’t going to win from the start, took advantage of this and went ‘hook line and sinker’ overboard with spending promises that it could not deliver and then chucked in the ‘big un’ to catch the youth vote with the £10 an hour minimum wage and the ambitious abolition of tuition fees. They could not give an honest, rational answer as to how it all was going to be paid for. Even after the Election, I still don’t know.

  6. Rob

    12th June, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Indeed Cearbhaill.
    Labour’s tactic was unsubstantiated treats to impressionable youngsters. That’s why they want to give gullible kids the vote.

  7. Ken

    12th June, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Not sure this new Tory tactic of telling young people how stupid they are is going to help you.

  8. Lady Scientist

    12th June, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Talking of not being able to deliver election promises, David Davies has admitted the Tories will be “pruning” their manifesto promises.
    I guess that’s what happens when the guillible, naive grey vote follow the arrogant, dishonest grey politicians blindly and stay within their own grey, ignorant bubble.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/12/boris-johnson-tells-theresa-mays-critics-get-grip-pm-prepares/

  9. Rob

    12th June, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    It’s not telling young people how stupid they are, that was the preserve of Remoaners against Leavers, I’m sure you’ll recall.
    Young people are less experienced and more naïve than older ones, that’s just an inconvenient fact. It doesn’t make them stupid but nice try nonetheless.

  10. Sj

    12th June, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Politicians seem to learn nothing from experience ,apart from how to pass the blame when it all goes dreadfully wrong ,hope they have taken the good Friday agreement in to concideration when dealing with the DUP that’s the next box of frogs waiting to escape

  11. Lady Scientist

    12th June, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Calling young voters impressionable and gullible kids seems quite a clear statement to me.
    Generally, I find them to be open-minded and willing to do their own fact-checking before making their minds up on particular issues.
    That doesn’t seem at all naive to me.

    As we’re making sweeping generalisations, I often wish older people used their years of experience and voted on policies and proposals and not the manufactured public personalities that seem to matter so much to a lot of people these days.

  12. Asellus aquaticus

    12th June, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Somewhat ironic the Tories making any sort of statement about how things would be paid for, given they were the only ones who didn’t actually bother to cost up their manifesto.

  13. John Griffin

    12th June, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Since when did honesty come into it? A bunch of millionaires with offshore accounts can’t be bothered to cost stuff because they hadn’t got a clue and anyway they were going to do what the hell they liked when the turkeys had voted for Xmas

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