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Russell last man standing over college cuts

February 7, 2012 4:58 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has urged the Education Secretary not to be the last man standing defending the SNP's college cut.

Liam McArthur MSPLiam McArthur MSPMr McArthur has urged Mike Russell to join those calling on the Finance Secretary John Swinney to reverse the cuts in his final budget bill tomorrow.

Commenting Mr McArthur said:

"The Education Secretary risks being the last, lonely voice defending the SNP Government's savage cuts to the budgets of Scotland's colleges.

"This is a ludicrous situation which has seriously undermined the Minister's credibility within the college sector, particularly with students and staff.

"At a time when Scotland's unemployment rate is rising faster the elsewhere in the UK, and youth unemployment is seen as a priority, this attack by the SNP on colleges defies logic. Colleges help people of all ages, in all parts of the country to get up and get on.

"It's time for Mr Russell to recognise this, put his pride to one side and join the calls on Mr Swinney to reverse these cuts using the additional sums made available by Westminster."