We then went on to discuss about the issues that will matter the most in the next election. I said that the election in Withington is about who will stand up for South Manchester and protect local services. Where were Labour when I was campaigning to save Ewing School with the parents, teachers and Governors and Lib Dem councillors? They were supporting the decision of the Labour Council to close it! The same can be said for the closure of Burnage Walk in Centre when I challenged Gordon Brown on the decision to close it. So much for standing up for local people.
The final discussion was about the impact of the student vote. I reminded Arif, the interviewer, that when we’d spoken at Conference I had assured him that despite the economic climate we would still maintain our manifesto commitment to abolish tuition fees. Our manifesto is all about fairness – a fair start for young people, whether it’s the pupil premium to target extra resources where they are needed, or a commitment to free education. The stark choice for students will be a Lib Dem commitment to abolish tuition fees, or a Labour Party that will increase them after the election.