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  • Boris Draws Blank Over Kid's Football Question
    Boris Draws Blank Over Kid's Football Question 1 hour 46 minutes ago

    Boris Johnson has been forced to admit he doesn’t know which two London teams will play in a cup final this weekend – and took to Latin to defend the PM, during a grilling by school children. Robert Ebner-Statt, 9, had to tell Boris Johnson that it was two of his city's teams - Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur - playing in the Capital One league cup final at Wembley. Mr Johnson came unstuck over football during a grilling by children as part of Hotseat - a collaboration between Sky News and the national newspaper for young people, First News. While previous Hotseat guests, Chancellor George Osborne and Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, refused to answer basic timetables questions, Mr Johnson was asked about a different subject - Latin. More »

  • Tax Break Cut To Pay For Labour Fees Pledge
    Tax Break Cut To Pay For Labour Fees Pledge Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Ed Miliband has unveiled a Labour election pledge to cut student tuition fees by a third by reducing pension tax relief for higher earners. Under the party's plans, the cap on undergraduate fees would be reduced from £9,000 to £6,000 per year from September 2016. Mr Miliband told an audience of students in Leeds that the current funding system was landing graduates with debts running into tens of thousands of pounds. Labour's funding cut would be paid for by a reduction in pension tax relief for higher earners , Mr Miliband said. More »

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  • Miliband pledges tuition fees cut
    Miliband pledges tuition fees cut Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Ed Miliband today pledged to cut tuition fees to £6,000 a year if Labour wins the general election, as other parties lined up to rubbish the proposals. More »

  • Ahead of election, Labour pledges university tuition fee cut
    Ahead of election, Labour pledges university tuition fee cut Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's opposition Labour party on Friday promised to cut university tuition fees by a third as it sought to woo voters ahead of a close-fought election in just over two months time. British university bosses had warned Labour against reducing fees, which have almost tripled to 9,000 pounds a year under the Conservative-led coalition government, saying it would open up a 10 billion pound funding gap. "We are a country where it is now almost taken for granted that young people will find life harder than their parents, we are going to turn that round," said Labour leader Ed Miliband in a speech at Leeds University. Miliband, whose party are neck-and-neck with Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives in many polls ahead of the May 7 vote, said the cut would be paid for by reducing pension tax relief for the wealthy. More »

  • Miliband To Unveil Tuition Fee Cut Promise
    Miliband To Unveil Tuition Fee Cut Promise Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Ed Miliband will today outline Labour's election promise to reduce tuition fees - rolling back some of the increase which was implemented by the coalition. Under the party's plans, the cap on undergraduate fees would be reduced from £9,000 to £6,000 per year. Mr Miliband first expressed aspirations of introducing this policy in 2011 - and the shadow cabinet minister responsible for realising it, Chuka Umunna, described the process as "long and tortuous". At an audience with students in Leeds, the Labour leader will say: "We all know that under David Cameron and Nick Clegg, the fee cap for full-time undergraduates was trebled to £9,000 per year. More »

  • Balls denies rift over fees policy
    Balls denies rift over fees policy Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Ed Balls has denied having a "big bust-up" with Labour leader Ed Miliband over the party's tuition fees policy, which is expected to finally be announced this week. More »

  • House votes to expand college accounts Obama wanted to scrap Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    The House voted Wednesday to expand the benefits of popular college savings plans that President Barack Obama failed to scale back. The bill would let students use money from college savings accounts to ... More »

  • Venezuela: Antonio Ledezma imprisonment shows cruelty of Maduro's de facto …
    Venezuela: Antonio Ledezma imprisonment shows cruelty of Maduro's de facto … Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    On Monday (23 February), below the burning midday sun in San Felipe, a small city west of Caracas, President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro gave a rally before a crowd that filled little more than a block. In the letter, far from calling for mutiny, a coup or violence, the social democratic politician, who is currently Mayor of the Metropolitan District of Caracas, stuck rigidly to the constitution. More »

  • SUBC: Will Benefit Changes Hurt Young People?
    SUBC: Will Benefit Changes Hurt Young People? Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Young people have claimed that plans to make 18 to 21-year-olds work for their benefits amount to "slave labour" - and are calling on the Government to find alternative solutions which tackle youth unemployment. Contributors to Sky's Stand Up Be Counted  campaign believe young adults need a wage that will help them to live, not just survive, as people who are out of employment, education or training could be earning less than £2 an hour under David Cameron's plans to clampdown on benefits. In a video uploaded to the SUBC website, Chris Robertson said: "The Government are forcing our hand. Another contributor, Piers Telemacque, believes the Prime Minister's plans to get young people earning or learning is "all well and good", but warned many are already struggling to stay in education or employment. More »

  • Is democracy wrong for China?
    Is democracy wrong for China? Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Mehdi Hasan challenges Chinese scholar Dr Zhang Weiwei on whether China can afford Western-style democracy. More »

  • Thai pair jailed for more than two years for royal slur in play
    Thai pair jailed for more than two years for royal slur in play Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Two young Thais accused of defaming the monarchy in a university play were jailed for two and a half years on Monday, as the ruling junta intensifies a crackdown under a controversial lese majeste law. More »

  • Thailand jails two on royal insult charge over play
    Thailand jails two on royal insult charge over play Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    By Aukkarapon Niyomyat BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand sentenced two students to jail on Monday for 2-1/2 years for insulting the monarchy in a university play, in a case which drew dozens of activists to a protest outside the court in defiance of a ban on demonstrations. The country has been under martial law since a May coup. Thailand's lese-majeste law is the world's harshest and makes it a crime to defame, insult or threaten the king, queen or heir to the throne or regent. Patiwat Saraiyaem, 23, and Porntip Mankong, 26, were both convicted on a count of lese-majeste, which carries a maximum of 15 years in prison. More »

  • Thai pair jailed for defaming monarchy in school play
    Thai pair jailed for defaming monarchy in school play Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Students given two and a half years in jail for defaming monarchy in a satirical play "The Wolf Bride". More »

  • Farage outlines Ukip health policy
    Farage outlines Ukip health policy Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    Nigel Farage will tomorrow set out Ukip's plans to invest an additional £3 billion in front-line NHS services in the party's first big policy launch of the general election campaign. More »

  • Mandelson warns over student fees
    Mandelson warns over student fees Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Labour's former business secretary Lord Mandelson has fired a shot across the bows of the party's leadership over university tuition fees, warning that any cut in the amount paid by graduates must be offset by increases in higher education funding from other sources. More »

  • Thai students the 'last group standing' in protesting army coup
    Thai students the 'last group standing' in protesting army coup Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai student protesters billing themselves as the "last group standing" in seeking to end military rule said on Monday they would openly defy what one leader called a tyrannical regime nine months after the army seized power. Members of the Thai Student Centre for Democracy (TSCD), who come from different political and socio-economic backgrounds, present a quandary for the junta, which has branded public protests illegal but wants to maintain its core support, including from Bangkok's middle class and business elite. Some of the students support the "red shirt" grassroots movement of ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, but others sympathise with the establishment that makes up the bulk of the junta's support. A resurgence of public protests could prove destabilising for the military rulers, already struggling with economic mismanagement. More »

  • UKIP: Where Are The Big Policy Announcements?
    UKIP: Where Are The Big Policy Announcements? Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    "No to coalition," says UKIP leader Nigel Farage. More »

  • The problem is not so much politicians but voters Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    Of those who do vote, almost third are predicted to back insurgent outsiders, particularly UKIP, the SNP and the Green Party. This means that barely half the eligible population are likely to support the three main Westminster parties. Certainly, Tory, Labour and Lib Dem politicians have done a lot to build a deep lack of trust – notably with the 2009 expenses scandal. More »

  • Brown University increases tuition, fees 4.4 percent Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    Brown University is increasing undergraduate tuition and fees 4.4 percent to help fund a $967.4 million budget. The university's governing body said Sunday the tuition and fee increase is for the university's ... More »

  • Australia's polarizing prime minister faces political crisis
    Australia's polarizing prime minister faces political crisis Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australians are quick to criticize their polarizing, gaffe-prone and unpredictable prime minister, Tony Abbott. But his critics within the conservative government have largely held their tongues in the interests of presenting a united administration — until now. More »

  • Myanmar students reject government warning to stop protests Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — University students from across Myanmar on Friday rejected a government warning that they stop protesting against a new education law that they say prohibits them from engaging in political activities and curbs academic freedom. More »

  • Clegg Accuses Tories Of 'Tea Party' Move To Right
    Clegg Accuses Tories Of 'Tea Party' Move To Right Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    Nick Clegg has accused the Conservatives of putting forward a "Tea Party manifesto" for Britain in a highly critical speech to launch his party's financial plans for the next Parliament. The Lib Dem leader hit out at his Coalition partners, claiming there would be "no light at the end of the tunnel" if they achieved a majority that allowed them to govern alone. His "Tea Party" quip was meant to imply a sharp Tory swing to the right by drawing comparisons with the ultra-conservative movement in the US. Mr Clegg also attacked Labour, in a speech designed to place the Lib Dems at the centre of British politics. More »

  • Coalition-scarred, Liberals battle for survival
    Coalition-scarred, Liberals battle for survival Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    Nick Clegg's centrist Liberal Democrats will have been in coalition government with the centre-right, anti-welfare state Conservatives for five years when the next general election comes around. "I've voted Lib Dem before, but I’m so fed up with Mr Clegg I don’t know what I’m going to do this time ... Sometimes I could slap him!" retiree Elizabeth Craghill told canvassers braving a blizzard to knock on doors in Clegg's constituency of Sheffield in north England. If he is successful, the Liberal Democrats could nudge Britain towards the centre ground with their creed of staying in the European Union and promoting fiscal policy that blends tax rises with spending cuts to eliminate the budget deficit. More »

  • SUBC: Saudi Tip-Off Saved British Lives Says PM
    SUBC: Saudi Tip-Off Saved British Lives Says PM Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    Britain's relationship with Saudi Arabia has saved hundreds of lives, David Cameron has told young people taking part in Sky's #AskTheLeaders event. Young voters attacked David Cameron over the Government's decision to fly flags at half-mast following the death of Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz last month. The Prime Minister faced tough questions about the tribute from young people during the Stand Up Be Counted : Ask The Leaders session, which was hosted by Sky News and Facebook. More »

  • SUBC: Young Voters Take Politicians To Task
    SUBC: Young Voters Take Politicians To Task Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    Young people have confronted Britain's political leaders with their concerns about the future at a series of question-and-answer sessions run by Sky News' Stand Up Be Counted campaign. Four major party leaders were quizzed on a wide range of issues including immigration, the NHS, tuition fees and Britain's housing crisis during the day-long multimedia event. Prime Minister David Cameron , Labour leader Ed Miliband, Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg and the Green Party's Natalie Bennett faced tough questions from 16 to 25-year-olds. UKIP's Nigel Farage was also invited to the event, which came just three months before a General Election in which social media could play a decisive role for the first time. More »

  • Labour Criticised Over Tuition Fees Cap Plan
    Labour Criticised Over Tuition Fees Cap Plan Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    Labour's plans to reduce the cap on tuition fees in England have been criticised by university chiefs. And in a letter to The Times, academics called on Labour leader Ed Miliband to scrap the plans. Sir Christopher Snowden, vice-chancellor of the University of Surrey, said: "This is purely a pragmatic issue, that a policy is evolving on the hoof which is not really a practical policy going forward and the potential damage is colossal. "I really feel Labour has missed the point here. More »

  • Young Voters Quiz Nick Clegg Over Tuition Fees
    Young Voters Quiz Nick Clegg Over Tuition Fees Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    The Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has answered questions about his party's failure to scrap university fees during a live question-and-answer session in central London. Mr Clegg spoke at Sky News'  Stand Up Be Counted : Ask The Leaders event, which is helping young people address their concerns to Westminster politicians. During questioning from young voters, Mr Clegg said: "Of course I apologise for the fact that particular policy of my party we could not implement. "I sometimes wish I could hear an apology from David Cameron for not implementing his policy he promised on immigration, or Ed Miliband for crashing the economy in the first place. More »

  • Greens Call For 'Peaceful Political Revolution'
    Greens Call For 'Peaceful Political Revolution' Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    Natalie Bennett has addressed young voters' concerns about the future of Britain's political system, the housing crisis and unpaid internships during a live question-and-answer session hosted by Sky News. The Green Party leader was the first politician to speak at the event, which is being filmed at offices in central London and broadcast on TV and online . During the event, Ms Bennett called for a "peaceful political revolution" with more people turning out to have their voices heard at next May's General Election. "If people did that, if people went out and voted for what they believe in, whatever that is, we could actually have a peaceful political revolution. More »

  • Miliband warns Boots boss on taxes
    Miliband warns Boots boss on taxes Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    Ed Miliband has ramped up his row with the head of Boots, insisting that Monaco-based Stefano Pessina should stop lecturing voters and "start paying his taxes". More »

  • Young Won't Stand For 'Same Old Rhetoric'
    Young Won't Stand For 'Same Old Rhetoric' Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    Stand Up Be Counted contributors are challenging politicians to break from their usual lines as they take part in the Sky News Facebook #AskTheLeaders event. Student James Cantwell, who is in the audience, said: "It's fantastic they're coming to us but we can't have the 'same old same old' rhetoric. Stand Up Be Counted (SUBC) is a Sky News initiative where 16 to 25-year-olds can speak out and share ideas. It is working with Facebook to give younger people the chance to grill those in charge of the major parties, both in person and online. More »

  • Some British universities warn Labour over tuition fees cuts
    Some British universities warn Labour over tuition fees cuts Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    Twenty British university bosses warned the opposition Labour Party on Monday that it should not cut student tuition fees if it wins the May 7 election. In a letter to The Times newspaper, vice chancellors from English universities including Exeter and Bristol, said a possible Labour plan to reduce tuition fees to 6,000 pounds from 9,000 pounds to would open up a 10 billion pound funding gap. "The result would be cuts to universities that would damage the economy, affect the quality of students' education, and set back work on widening access to higher education," the letter, signed by University of Surrey Vice-Chancellor Christopher Snowden said. More »

  • Tuition cap 'will leave £10bn hole'
    Tuition cap 'will leave £10bn hole' Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    Labour will inflict "colossal" damage on England's universities if it pushes ahead with plans to reduce the cap on tuition fees, academics have warned. More »

  • Monday's National Newspaper Front Pages
  • Stand Up Be Counted: Youth Vote Stirring
    Stand Up Be Counted: Youth Vote Stirring Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    Britain's political party leaders will tomorrow engage in an unprecedented live effort to engage under 25s in the political process. As part of Sky News' Stand Up Be Counted campaign , party leaders will be quizzed live on TV news and on Facebook by groups of young voters. It is the first major multiparty TV event in what is set to be a long election campaign. More »