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From The Socialist newspaper, 20 October 2010

Leeds university - protest following Browne review

Around 70 students from Leeds university came out to protest following the announcement of the conclusions of the Browne Review. The review proposes that the 'cap' on tuition fees should be lifted and that universities be allowed to charge students whatever fee they want.

Socialist Students and Leeds University Against Cuts were out in force to protest after Channel 4 news planned a special 'debate' on campus on the issue of tuition fees. The 'debate' panel was unrepresentative of students' opinions, having been packed with management and economists.

'Debate'

No representative of the anti-cuts movement in Leeds was asked to participate.

However the noise of the protest could be heard in the studio and the news did broadcast a few protesters' opinions on the issue, including Socialist Party member Ian Pattison.

Ian appeared on Channel 4, saying that the Browne Review is "an attempt to make students and their families pay for an economic crisis not of their making".

Despite the protest being barred from entering our students union building and the panel on the debate being fixed, it was clear to the university and Channel 4 news that students don't support the Browne Review, will make their opposition heard and will fight back to stop a rise in fees and cuts in education.

Rob Harries, Leeds Socialist Students

Leyton Socialist Party members carried out a ballot at Leyton Sixth Form asking 'Are you willing to pay 12,000 a year to go to university?' More than 70 students took part and several planned to join the day of action on 20 October when the result was announced (97% of college students polled across the borough of Waltham Forest said they will not pay and will campaign and protest against the increase in fees).

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In The Socialist 20 October 2010:


Anti-cuts campaign

Fight all cuts in jobs and services

Build coordinated action to stop cuts

Workers under attack


Socialist Party news and analysis

NHS: Not safe in Con-Dem hands

Coventry jobs slaughter - unions must fight back

Government slams door shut on social housing

Osborne mugs poor to pay for rich

Cambridge Uni to go private?


Socialist Students

Mass action needed to defeat fees and cuts

Warwick university - students condemn escalation of fees

Leeds university - protest following Browne review


Socialist Party workplace news

Huge demo against passport office closure in Newport

RMT executive election: Support Lewis Peacock

Fighting the anti-union laws

Police try to stifle Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition protest

Strike forces concessions at Tyneside Safety Glass

Workplace news in brief


International socialist news and analysis

Protest, strike, fightback! French workers and youth challenge cuts

World economy heading for 'double-dip' recession


Socialism 2010

Socialism 2010: ideas to fight the cuts


Socialist Party reviews

Days of Hope by Jim Allen, reviewed by Leigh Cartwright

Enter Shikari - Common Dreads (album 2009)


Sport

Liverpool FC: "They don't care about fans!"


 

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