University students were one of the main reasons Jeremy Corbyn was so successful in the recent election but that seems to have been thrown back in their faces.

One of the main attractions to the Labour Party for students was its promise to eradicate university tuition fees. Graduates were also under the impression that their historic tuition fee debt would be reimbursed. They had a good reason to believe this was the case, as during campaigning, Corbyn told NME magazine:

“I don’t see why those that had the historical misfortune to be at university during the £9,000 period should be burdened excessively compared to those that went before or those that come after. I will deal with it”.

Well, apparently dealing with it doesn’t mean what you’d logically assume it means, and the Labour Party have kind of pulled a Nick Clegg and broken promises to students made in the manifesto.

Corbyn’s true intentions came out during an interview with Andrew Marr yesterday; “I didn’t make a commitment to write it off because I couldn’t at that stage,” he told Marr casually. Well, Corbyn did make a commitment, whether he intended it or not. If he was unsure of the exact figures, he should not have told students that he would “deal with it”.

To mislead students in this way is dishonest and he should be receiving more backlash for this. He effectively lied to the people that supported him the most.

The average graduate in England will usually owe around £50,000 to repay their student loans and all of the interest accumulated on it over the years. Anyone with this amount of debt would naturally jump at the opportunity to have it written off and perhaps this is part of the reason so many educated people were able to overlook Jeremy Corbyn’s many flaws and pledge their support to his party.