Thursday, 2 April 2015

Poll suggests Nick Clegg will lose his seat in May

Opinion polling by Lord Ashcroft has put Labour 2 points head of the Lib Dems in Nick Clegg's constituency of Sheffield Hallam.

Nearly a fifth of Sheffield Hallam's voting population is students with two universities in the city. Clegg spectacularly backtracked on his very public pledge to abolish tuition fees and voted to increase the university tax in England from £3k a year to £9k.

It's understandable that students would want to punish Clegg for breaking his promise on tuition fees but it's a little strange that they would choose to do that by switching to the party that introduced them in the first place. It was the Labour Party that first introduced tuition fees in England and they were so unpopular that a majority of MPs elected in England voted against them forcing Labour to whip their Scottish MPs to force the vote through undemocratically.

Labour introduced the university tax in England, the Conservatives and Lib Dems tripled it and only UKIP has a policy of abolishing it for degrees in core subjects such as nursing and engineering. If the people of Sheffield Hallam want to punish those responsible for condemning students to tens of thousands of pounds of debt then the only way to do this is by voting UKIP.