Friday, 22 May 2009

Private Members' debate on London Met

Jeremy Corbyn, MP for Islington North, Labour

Diane Abott, MP for Hackney North (Labour)

David Lammy, Minister of State (Higher Education & Intellectual Property), MP for Tottenham

On Wednesday - thanks to the efforts of Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn - there was Private Members' debate at the House of Commons, attended by MPs from all the main parties (links to full text and video of the debate above).
In a major victory for students and lecturers, the Minister, David Lammy, also a local MP with many of his constituents current or former students of the University, announced an independent inquiry into the funding crisis and the fraudulent misrepresentation of student numbers at its root. Thanks to the student occupation and their meeting with Corbyn and other MPs in the Commons last week, as well as the less newsworthy actions of the staff unions, UCU and Unison, this marks a significant advance in the battle to oppose the threatened compulsory redundancies and make the real culprits accountable. Tomorrow a protest march to defend jobs, services and education is planned up the Holloway Road.

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