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From The Socialist newspaper, 1 November 2017

Fight for free education: join the budget day protests!

Students demonstrating in London, photo Isai Priya

Students demonstrating in London, photo Isai Priya   (Click to enlarge)

Iain Dalton, Yorkshire Socialist Students organiser

Ever since June's snap general election, the Tories have been running from one crisis to another, after Jeremy Corbyn's radical manifesto proved far more popular than their brutal austerity policies. Key in this was Corbyn's pledge to end tuition fees from September 2017 if Labour won, winning the support of many young people who face a lifetime of debt.

Socialist Students has met thousands of students over the course of this year's freshers events interested in making that pledge and others in the manifesto a reality.

That's why Socialist Students has written to Labour's shadow education secretary Angela Rayner calling for them to put a free education amendment to the Tory budget. And we're also organising for direct action to take place across the country on budget day, 22 November, in support of this demand.

Maddy Steeds from Leeds University Socialist Students said: "We believe education is a right not a privilege. Increasing tuition fees are pricing people out of education and saddling students with tens of thousands of pounds of debt. This, paired with the cuts to all sectors, means university graduates are increasingly sucked into a debt trap. We need change now."

On 22 November, we'll be marching in Leeds for free education. In the meantime we're lobbying our local Labour MPs to get them to back a free education amendment, with an online petition and campaign stalls on campus.

But we also see the need to link up with others fighting the Tories' austerity - which is why we're linking our demonstration with the fight to smash the pay cap, including with unions in the education sector. A defeat on any of these issues has the potential to bring May's rotten government down - let's fight to make 22 November the end of austerity.

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