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Gloria gives a cheque to Kirkby student Courteney Clark.

Gloria gives Kirkby student part of her payrise to help fund uni costs

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Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero has presented a cheque for more than £800 to a Kirkby student to help her pay the costs of going to university.

The money was the final instalment of Gloria’s 2016 pay rise which she received after all MPs were awarded a 10 per cent salary boost.

Gloria decided to take just a one per cent rise, in line with other public sector workers.

She instead donated the extra money to students from each school or college in her constituency who had accepted a place to study at university and who would previously have been eligible for a maintenance grant.

Nineteen-year-old Courteney Clark, a former Kirkby College pupil, called in to Gloria’s constituency office on Friday to receive her share.

Courteney is studying history at the University of Derby and is commuting there from her home in Kirkby.

She hopes to be a teacher after completing her degree.

Gloria said: “With £9,000 a year tuition fees and rising living costs, going to university is costing our young people more and more.

“The fact that maintenance grants have been scrapped for families on incomes of below £25,000 is a complete disgrace and will do nothing to encourage youngsters to further their education.

“I promised that I would use the money MPs received as a pay rise to help some deserving local students and it has been an honour to meet Courteney and give her a helping hand financially when this Government has abandoned people like her.”

Courteney is the eight student to have received money from Gloria this year.

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