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Will more Tories join tuition fees rebellion?

Michael Crick | 12:30 UK time, Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Will other Tories join David Davis in rebelling against the rise in tuition fees?

One Conservative MP has told me they are "thinking" about which way to vote on Thursday, and will consider the various concessions that are being offered.

The NUS has high hopes that other Tories might join Davis, and they claim four Conservative MPs signed the famous NUS pledge.

One of them, Lee Scott, told Newsnight yesterday that he will back the government.

Another, Ken Clarke's PPS Ben Wallace, has denied to me that he ever signed the NUS pledge (as they claim he did).

The NUS also hopes for support from Justin Tomlinson, who was active in the NUS in the late 90s, when he helped campaign against the introduction of tuition fees.

But Tomlinson told me last night that he, too, would back the government this week.


  • Comment number 1.

    Yes but will Mr Robinson rebel against Andy Coulson and write something on a topic other than that determined in Number 10?

  • Comment number 2.

    David Davis is playing a very clever bat at the moment, he has no chance of getting a ministerial position in this government so he has decided to be the rallying point.....the "i told you so!" candidate for disaffected tories who will before the next election will seek to distance themselves from the massivly unpopular tory government. He will seek the leadership again

  • Comment number 3.

    Will more Tories join tuition fees rebellion?
    I sure hope so, as well as LibDems and possibly Labour.
    One of the most short-sighted things that any Government can undertake is the stiffling of a good education to those that have the capability, especially in demand occupations; or stiffling Research and Development.
    It's as simple as this: Students and researchers are the future of the UK.
    Can the UK afford to sell its future for the sake of reducing debt now?

  • Comment number 4.

    > Lee Scott, told Newsnight yesterday that he will back the government

    Funny, elsewhere on this site the BBC is reporting that Lee Scott WON'T be supporting the Gvt

  • Comment number 5.

    Sky News' Home Affairs Correspondent Mark White is reporting that two more Conservative MPs, Philip Davies and Dr Julian Lewis, will also be voting against the rise in tuition fees:

  • Comment number 6.

    "Will more Tories join tuition fees 'rebellion'" is the title of Newsnight's Michael Crick's blog.

    Personally, it does matter. Why?

    Some politicians will 'harvest' or garner popularity on a change on higher education funding.

    All the usual political pretenders aside - it's clear that the Prime Minister, David Cameron and the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Clegg - need to take several steps back AND re-consider why they are RUSHING into un-debated changes of funding into higher education so soon and so fast?

    Our Leaders, Cameron and Clegg should talk to each other and accept that current students; NUS, future students and the general population, as a whole, have not been ethically or democractically informed by Downing Street or Parliament.

  • Comment number 7.

    David Davis...working class Tory...brought up in a council house....some things just stay with you....some Tories even have a conscience....bravo David..

  • Comment number 8.

    Unfortunately for the students, those idiots who stormed the roof of Millbank Tower have made a sizeable Tory rebellion unlikely. Any kind of climbdown now stands to give the message that you can get your way if you trash enough buildings in London, and the stakes are too high for that.

    What these protesters never seem to learn is that if the price of backing down is the downfall of the Government, they will fight tooth and nail to stand their ground. The only hope for NUS now is if the Government can fabricate a semi-plausible reason that backing down had nothing to do with a violent minority and was instead down to something peaceful. And it will be a miracle if they pull that one off.


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