Top politician visits Buxton to campaign for EU student programme

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Sir Vince Cable, the former MP and Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and Liberal Democrat MP for Twickenham, was in Buxton on Saturday, July 23, to help High Peak Liberal Democrats launch a petition to save the Erasmus Programme.

The scheme, which allows British students to study for up to a year at European universities, is under threat in the UK since the vote to leave the European Union last month.

Sir Vince said: “Not only do students, up and down the UK, benefit from the ability to study abroad, but here in the High Peak we have the University of Derby and nearby universities in Manchester and Sheffield that rely on European students studying here.

“Universities rely heavily on EU collaboration and funding and there is a real worry that Brexit will mean a serious deterioration in their ability to offer a world class education.”

High Peak Liberal Democrats’ pokes Charles Lawley, 28, organised the day of action and said: “Not even the most ardent-Eurosceptic can argue that being excluded from Erasmus programme is a good thing. Students lose out, universities lose out and we as a nation are all the poorer for it.”

Hundreds of residents signed the petition, to add your name visit http://bit.ly/2a9OHTB.