The decision was made by ICU?s Executive Committee yesterday that despite the Union's non-affiliation to the NUS there will be an official ICU presence at the event and that £2000 will be allocated to supporting this. This money will go towards items such as placards, T-shirts, flyers to publicise the event to ICU members and transport into central London from the Wye and Silwood campuses.
It was felt by members of Exec that since a purpose of the march is to protest against top-up fees and ICU currently has a policy opposing top-up fees it would be appropriate to participate in this national demonstration, particularly since the Government is tabling legislation in this session of Parliament to introduce top-up fees. It was also noted that complaints have been made in the past regarding ICU?s (official) non-attendance.
The march, which has in recent years become an annual event, was in its early years a protest against student poverty but with the introduction of tuition fees became a march against fees.
It is claimed,12757,1039891,00.html that this Government may face its biggest backbench revolt yet over the issue of top-up fees making it one of the hot topics of this year?s Labour party conference. Both the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties have policies opposing the introduction of top up fees and many Labour MPs such as Labour?s candidate for Mayor of London, Nicky Gavron,12757,1038621,00.html, have expressed their opposition to the proposals.