The Green Party’s candidate for South Belfast in the upcoming general election, Adam McGibbon, has signed the National Union of Students’ “Vote For Students” pledge on behalf of the Green Party in Northern Ireland, and is calling on other candidates in South Belfast to do the same.
The NUS is currently running a campaign to encourage students to vote and encouraging parliamentary candidates and sitting MPs to sign the pledge stating that they will vote against any proposed increase in tuition fees, and to support a fairer, alternative method of payment.
Mr McGibbon, 22, who is a student and the youngest candidate in Northern Ireland for the Westminster election, said, “It’s vitally important that to maintain a competitive economy, that the current cap on tuition fees is not lifted by any future government. Removing the cap would open the door to a complete marketisation of our education system, and result in those from the poorest backgrounds being shut out of higher education, and all this with no marked improvement in actual quality of education. I’ve signed the NUS Prospective Parliamentary Candiate pledge, and I’m calling on other candidates in South Belfast and across Northern Ireland to do the same thing.”