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In Tweets: What people say about Labour’s plan to axe tuition fees

Labour is said to have released a manifesto for UK's youth. Source: Reuters/Darren Staples.

Last week, the UK Labour Party’s leaked manifesto revealed the party’s plan to completely scrap tuition fees at all universities.

According to Buzzfeed, Labour will abolish the current £9,000 (US$11,630) university fees and bring back maintenance grants for university students.

UK students have been seeing their access to education increasingly blocked in recent years; last year, maintenance grants for lower income students were scrapped and the government announced tuition fees would be hiked to £9,250 (US$11,954) per year from autumn 2017.

By contrast, Labour’s plans for the higher education sector portray a radical antithesis to the Conservative government’s actions.

But how has it been received by the public?

Here are some notable thoughts on the debate expressed on Twitter:

1. Labour = Party for young people

https://twitter.com/AlexJCharlton/status/864212972851343362

2. Labour = Not the party for young people

3. It’s not about young people, it’s just the right thing to do.

https://twitter.com/Corbynator2/status/861963715817730048

4. But some don’t believe it can be done

https://twitter.com/JamesTobin97/status/864147800900030464

https://twitter.com/NadineDorries/status/862573948961267713

5. Academics say it is the only way to save social mobility

6. Some are less generous – If I had it tough, so should you

https://twitter.com/PaddyVogel/status/861942390357200897

7. Maybe the middle ground would be better?

https://twitter.com/Mvnkoe/status/862354510466998274

8. A comparison to the Tories was inevitable

9. As well as some reminders on important history (Labour’s flip-flop, Corbyn’s [lack of] flip-flop)

https://twitter.com/abigailmaxkay1/status/861837460749340672

https://twitter.com/headrevolution/status/864394271838937088

https://twitter.com/lamzyco/status/864192789134934017

10. Regardless, it is hard to deny the proposal’s popularity

https://twitter.com/JaneAitchison/status/621562323145199616

Watch this space as we follow the general election and see what the future holds for students in the UK!

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