December 9, 2010
MP abstains in Commons vote over university fees
MP abstained in the controversial parliamentary vote about raising
students' university fees on (Thursday, December 9th).
The coalition government won the vote to raise tuition fees in
England to up to £9,000 per year amid violent protests in
coalition agreement allowed Liberal Democrat MPs to choose to
abstain on the tuition fees issue, but not vote against.
abstainers included Burnham's Tessa Munt plus Lorely Burt (chair
of the Lib Dem parliamentary party), Simon Hughes, Chris Huhne,
Tessa Munt, Sir Robert Smith, John Thurso and Stephen Williams.
clashed outside with police in Westminster over the issue, as
MPs voted in favour of trebling tuition fees.
Liberal Democrats' vote was split three ways: 21 voted no, 27
voted yes and seven abstained.