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Labour are turning students into consumers says Stephen Williams MP

12.24.40pm GMT Tue 14th Nov 2006

Stephen Williams and student fees poster. (photography: Tim Pollard)

Bristol University history students are protesting at cuts in tuition. Third year students have seen their lecture times cut to an average of just two hours a week.

Bristol West MP Stephen Williams, Lib Dem Shadow Higher Education Minister, is himself a history graduate of Bristol. He said, "I remember when I was a third year at Bristol that I didn't get much tuition but I had much more than two hours. But the big difference of course was that I didn't have to pay tuition fees. The government is turning students into consumers by charging fees. Students have a right to expect an adequate service for the amount they pay. Now that fees have risen to £3,000 for first years we can expect to see many more examples of arts students demanding value for money."

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