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Gloria presents the students with cheques for money that will help them fund their university courses.

Gloria donates pay rise cash to local students

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Ashfield and Eastwood MP Gloria De Piero has given away thousands of pounds from her own pay packet to help students from her constituency pay their university tuition fees.

MPs were awarded a 10 per cent pay rise last year but Gloria vowed to take only one per cent, in line with other public sector workers.

She has instead donated the rest of the cash to students from schools and colleges in her constituency who have accepted a place to study at university and who would previously have been eligible for a maintenance grant.

Gloria said: “In 2015, only 17.8 per cent of 18-year-olds from my constituency entered higher education, one of the lowest in the country.

“I know that the introduction of £9,000-a-year tuition fees has put off many students from Ashfield from going to university because of the huge debts they will be encumbered with on completing their degrees.

“Now the Government has scrapped maintenance grants for students from families earning less than £25,000 a year and I fear this will only deter even more young people from continuing their education.

“Because I fundamentally disagreed with the large pay rise awarded to MPs, I promised that I would use this cash to help some deserving local students.

“It was great to meet these outstanding young people and giving them a welcome reward for their hard work.”

Gloria presents the students with cheques for money that will help them fund their university courses.
Gloria presents the students with cheques for money that will help them fund their university courses.
Gloria presents Hall Park Academy student Cameron Sidhu with a cheque.

Gloria donated £854.26 to each school/college so students either received this in full or a share of this amount if more than one student from the same institution was put forward.

The recipients of the money were:

Megan Lowbridge, from Sutton, who went to West Notts College, and is now studying applied social science at Sheffield Hallam University.

Sophia Parvaiz, from Sutton, who went to West Notts College, and is now studying pharmacy at Nottingham University.

Tiggy Stickley, from Huthwaite, who went to Sutton Community Academy, and is going to Queen Mary University of London to read chemistry.

Lauren Bromley, who went to Quarrydale Academy, and is going to Nottingham Trent University to study primary education.

Callum Gilder, from Quarrydale Academy, who is going to study computer systems (networks) at Nottingham Trent University.

Sydney Alexander, who went to Ashfield School, is going to study politics at university in London.

Cameron Sidhu, from Eastwood, who went to Hall Park Academy, and is going to read physics at Nottingham University.

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