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Labour Hopeful Owen Smith to Abolish Tuition Fees

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The Labour leadership candidate Owen Smith has used a trip to the University of Nottingham to launch his plans to scrap student fees, if he is elected to government.

During his speech Owen Smith outlined his proposal to scrap tuition fees by introducing a graduate tax, with the long term goal of providing free higher education.

Mr Smith argued that to meet the massive increase in spending required to provide free upfront higher education, an interim solution such as a graduate tax was required.

He also questioned his rival Jeremy Corbyn's plans to provide free higher education, suggesting that the Labour leader would lose further credibility but not telling the public how he plans to abolish tuition fees.

The labour leader hopeful also outlined plans to build 300,000 new homes every year, giving councils the power to borrow to build.

Mr Smith has also been reported as saying that if he made leader Labour would vote against invoking Article 50, the method by which an EU member state can withdraw from the European union. This may be good news for student voters, the majority of which voted remain in the recent referendum.