Chandlers Ford Lib Dem conference told students better off despite broken tuiton fee pledge

Business Secretary Vince Cable has has admitted breaking a pledge to oppose tuition fees at a Liberal Democrat conference in Chandlers Ford today.

“With universities we did make a promise, we made a pledge and we did not keep it,” he said.

But he said at the party’s South Central autumn conference students from deprived families were benefiting.

And he added that student demand had not fallen as a result and initiatives to provide the disadvantaged with a place at university had been successful.

He said: "This has now been acknowledged. What we have done has turned to be rather sensible."

He also said that going into a Coalition government with the Tories had been “unpopular” but it was “right and inevitable” because of “a genuine economic emergency”.

“We had a financial crisis we had never seen before in our lifetimes. It could get worse we don’t know that’s why we need a stable government. What we have done is difficult and unpopular with many people but it is right and inevitable,” he said, But he admitted there were some Coalition policies that he was opposed to.

Earlier he slammed the government's immigration policy as “barmy” after hearing concerns from the floor about the damaging effect of the Conservative party's policy to cut immigration.

His comments were met with approval by the audience which included Eastleigh MP Chris Huhne, and Eastleigh council leader Keith House.

They were all there to quiz him over various aspects of the coalition's policies.

It comes after high-profile Business leaders raised fears about the damaging effect of the Tory policy to cap immigration numbers.

“The way it's being applied is having a negative side-effect on the economy.

“The people that are being restricted include high-quality engineers and top managers,” he said adding that it was having an impact on the number of overseas students coming from outside the EU.

“They make an enormous contribution to the British economy,” the Secretary of State said. “It's a barmy policy.”

Mr Cable also talked about how lending more money through mortgages was not a solution to the current property market crisis.

He said the next generation of people, who are currently struggling to get on to the property ladder, would have to become “more European” and rent their homes rather than owning them.

One new idea that he has in the pipeline is to set up a new bank to lend primarily to businesses in particular manufacturing companies in a bid to re-balance the economy. But he did not reveal any further details about how this would be set up nor about who would take control of it.

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5:22pm Sat 27 Oct 12

cantthinkofone says...

Vince. Vince mate. The government yeah. The one with the 'barmy' policies. You're IN it.
Vince. Vince mate. The government yeah. The one with the 'barmy' policies. You're IN it. cantthinkofone
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6:22pm Sat 27 Oct 12

soton1980 says...

Too little, too late.
Too little, too late. soton1980
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6:31pm Sat 27 Oct 12

nedscrumpo says...

Contrary to the song title - sorry seems to be the hardest word - it trips off the Lib Dem tongue all too easily. Apology is meaningless
Contrary to the song title - sorry seems to be the hardest word - it trips off the Lib Dem tongue all too easily. Apology is meaningless nedscrumpo
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7:14pm Sat 27 Oct 12

Lone Ranger. says...

No need to apologise Dr Cable.
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You are part of the Tory party now ..... Its full of lies and sleaze ...... and its to see so many of fitting in so well.
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Enjoy for the next two years ...... it will be your one and only shot.
No need to apologise Dr Cable. . You are part of the Tory party now ..... Its full of lies and sleaze ...... and its to see so many of fitting in so well. . Enjoy for the next two years ...... it will be your one and only shot. Lone Ranger.
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7:22pm Sat 27 Oct 12

Inform Al says...

Be interesting to see if the Jocks can afford no tuition fees if they decide to go it alone on their own income.
Be interesting to see if the Jocks can afford no tuition fees if they decide to go it alone on their own income. Inform Al
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7:25pm Sat 27 Oct 12

Paramjit Bahia says...

Having never ever trusted lousy Lib Dem naturally I did not believe in their pledges made for securing votes. So there was no surprise when lowest form of political life Lib Dem jumped in bed with their real soul mate Tories and broke their promises, including one on fees.

This fake apology of convenience from Cable, is meant for fooling people, just just like the original promises. It should not be accepted.

My view? Avoid Lib Dem and whoever may have associated with them or may be thinking of doing the same, as Tories did, more than even plague.
Having never ever trusted lousy Lib Dem naturally I did not believe in their pledges made for securing votes. So there was no surprise when lowest form of political life Lib Dem jumped in bed with their real soul mate Tories and broke their promises, including one on fees. This fake apology of convenience from Cable, is meant for fooling people, just just like the original promises. It should not be accepted. My view? Avoid Lib Dem and whoever may have associated with them or may be thinking of doing the same, as Tories did, more than even plague. Paramjit Bahia
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7:27pm Sat 27 Oct 12

madmike says...

What's up ,Cable consience pricking you. Don't bother with your apologies they are meaningless . You're just an overpaid ,underworked shoe licker of Cameron and Clegg.
What's up ,Cable consience pricking you. Don't bother with your apologies they are meaningless . You're just an overpaid ,underworked shoe licker of Cameron and Clegg. madmike
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8:09pm Sat 27 Oct 12

userds5050 says...

Ahh, bless the senile old codger. University applications are down 15,000 this year so don't know how Vince thinks "It worked out alright in the end." We'll see how sensible your forming a coalition with the Tories was at the next general election.
Ahh, bless the senile old codger. University applications are down 15,000 this year so don't know how Vince thinks "It worked out alright in the end." We'll see how sensible your forming a coalition with the Tories was at the next general election. userds5050
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8:16pm Sat 27 Oct 12

userds5050 says...

Inform Al wrote:
Be interesting to see if the Jocks can afford no tuition fees if they decide to go it alone on their own income.
Very interesting point. At present the Scots use a loophole involving UK law to stop students in England getting free tuition in Scotland (The rest of the EU can study there gratis but not us!)
If they decide to go it alone as you put it surely that loophole closes?
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: Be interesting to see if the Jocks can afford no tuition fees if they decide to go it alone on their own income.[/p][/quote]Very interesting point. At present the Scots use a loophole involving UK law to stop students in England getting free tuition in Scotland (The rest of the EU can study there gratis but not us!) If they decide to go it alone as you put it surely that loophole closes? userds5050
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8:54pm Sat 27 Oct 12

Inform Al says...

userds5050 wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
Be interesting to see if the Jocks can afford no tuition fees if they decide to go it alone on their own income.
Very interesting point. At present the Scots use a loophole involving UK law to stop students in England getting free tuition in Scotland (The rest of the EU can study there gratis but not us!)
If they decide to go it alone as you put it surely that loophole closes?
Dunno, but without our money and income from the Royal Navy they don't stand a chance, even with the oil.
[quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: Be interesting to see if the Jocks can afford no tuition fees if they decide to go it alone on their own income.[/p][/quote]Very interesting point. At present the Scots use a loophole involving UK law to stop students in England getting free tuition in Scotland (The rest of the EU can study there gratis but not us!) If they decide to go it alone as you put it surely that loophole closes?[/p][/quote]Dunno, but without our money and income from the Royal Navy they don't stand a chance, even with the oil. Inform Al
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10:39pm Sat 27 Oct 12

AndyAndrews says...

LibDems will say and do anything to get a bit of power, both locally and nationally, and then do the dirty on you. Remember that whenever you vote, starting with the Mickey Mouse election for a police commissioner next month (and Michael Mates is even worse!).
LibDems will say and do anything to get a bit of power, both locally and nationally, and then do the dirty on you. Remember that whenever you vote, starting with the Mickey Mouse election for a police commissioner next month (and Michael Mates is even worse!). AndyAndrews
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