MP ‘condemns’ violence after tuition fee vote

BOSTON MP Mark Simmonds has spoken out against the violence which followed the House of Commons vote on tuition fee increses.

The Conservative MP said he ‘strongly condemned’ the actions of protesters in London on Thursday.

“Everybody has the right to protest but their violent actions were unacceptable,” he said. “I do not feel that they have correctly represented students across the country.”

The controversial proposals, which would raise fees to a maximum of £9,000 a year, were passed by MPs, but saw the Coalition Government’s majority greatly reduced.

Mr Simmonds said he voted in favour of Government’s plans.

“I thought through this complex decision and concluded that the proposals offered provided the best arrangement for university funding and importantly, provided arrangements so that students from modest backgrounds are not deterred from higher education,” he said.