Repeating a lie made during the televised leaders’ debate during the general election, Jeremy Corbyn today once again lied about student numbers at a rally he attended in London.
UCAS Figures Contradict Corbyn
Corbyn, while addressing thousands at the rally, said that “fewer working class young people are applying to university”, according to trade union Unite. The truth is, however, the opposite. In fact, UCAS statistics for 2017 show that the number of low-income students applying for university is at its highest on record, flatly contradicting Corbyn’s claim.
This wasn’t just a slip of the tongue, however – Corbyn made the exact claim during the debate for the 2017 general election, and was widely criticised for it then. To make the mistake a second time appears not to be an error at all, but a calculated mistruth designed to frighten voters.
Missing The Mark
Corbyn used his statement as support for his desire to scrap university tuition fees. But a recent survey by The Student Room of thousands of students between school age and current undergraduates showed that the biggest concern for students is not in fact tuition fees, with over 75% of students not worried about repaying them, but was in fact the cost of living.
During their time in Coalition, the Liberal Democrats, after imposing a cap on tuition fees, which the Conservatives did not want to do, introduced a £150million national bursary fund to help with the cost of living, and vetoed Conservative plans to scrap maintenance grants – being defeated on both measures.