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Would a young Starmer really not be able to afford university today?  

Keir Starmer (Credit: Getty images)

Keir Starmer reckons that under today’s economic conditions and policy framework, he would not have gone to Leeds University when he left school in the early 1980s: ‘It was a financial stretch then; if I were a student today, I wouldn’t be able to go.’ I’m not completely convinced this is true, but I have a lot of empathy for what he says about university access.

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James Kirkup
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James Kirkup
James Kirkup is director of the Social Market Foundation and a former political editor of the Scotsman and the Daily Telegraph.

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