Greens to announce student-focused policies in Sheffield

Green Party deputy leader Amelia Womack. Photo: Pete Lopeman
Green Party deputy leader Amelia Womack. Photo: Pete Lopeman
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The Green Party will announce new policies aimed at students in Sheffield today.

Co-leader Jonathan Bartley and deputy leader Amelia Womack will appeal directly to the city's 50,000-plus students by pledging to scrap tuition fees, reinstate maintenance grants, continue the Erasmus programme and match EU funding for universities with UK money after Brexit.

Ahead of the announcement, Mr Bartley said: “The Green Party is the only party standing up for students and putting young people at the heart of its campaign. Education is a right not a commodity to be bought and sold, and we need a level playing field so everyone has the chance to go to university or college.

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“Students need a liferaft in the Brexit storm. They are being ignored in the Brexit negotiations, despite having the most to lose.

Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley. Photo: Pete Lopeman

Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley. Photo: Pete Lopeman

"Funding for our universities is under unprecedented threat. The Green Party will not let young people miss out on opportunities to study, travel and work across Europe because of a decision that they so emphatically voted against.

“Building a better future for young people is an absolute priority and today we are committing to policies that will help us work towards an open, fairer society where everyone has the chance to succeed.”

The Green Party members will be joined by students, members of the Young Greens and Natalie Bennett, candidate for Sheffield Central in June's General Election.

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