April 13, 2011 2:21 PM

Last Friday 8th April Deputy Lib Dem Leader Simon Hughes MP joined local MP Mark Hunter on a visit to Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College to meet with staff and students.

Following a full tour of the college alongside the Principal Christina Cassidy, Simon then led a lively discussion with students from the college who quizzed him and their local MP, Mark Hunter, on a wide range of issues including tuition fees.

The Coalition Government's replacement of Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) with an alternative, targeted subsistence payment aimed at poorer students was also high on the list of subjects raised, and Simon Hughes - who lead the EMA review for the Government - was well placed to give further details.

Commenting after the visit, Mark said:

"I was delighted to invite Simon as Deputy party leader to visit Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College and I know he was impressed by what he saw and by the interest of the students. It was also useful to revisit the facilities there and for the college leadership to have the opportunity to talk directly to Simon as the Government's official Advocate for Fair Access.

"The Question and Answer session was a fantastic opportunity to meet face to face with local sixth form students, some of whom had recently visited Westminster, and for Simon to listen to the views and concerns of young people in our local community.

"So many of the students we met on Friday clearly have a great interest in politics, democracy, and issues that affect them directly and I know they appreciated the chance to discuss their views with Simon and myself."

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