Talking on the Daily Government show, the Labour MP was left squirming after being slammed by BBC presenter Andrew Neil at an end his question on whether Labour could scrap the student debt promised in their manifesto.
“I don’t value it’s going to be possible to be quite honest. How do you square it with people who deceive already paid off their debt?”
“What I do think though, we can’t convert the past and I don’t think the Treasury will ever allow us to roll rear on something.”
Andrew Neil ripped into the Labour MP over the commit oneself to scrap tuition fees.
The Labour MP was floundering after trying to acquit the u-turn on Corbyn’s promise to scrap student debt.
“But I think in two shakes of a lambs tail that there are things the government could do now — so for example we are looking at the hobby rates that students are having to pay going up 6.1%, which is dotty.
“I mean, if you go into a high street bank you could get better gauges than that. I mean, that just doesn’t seem flaxen-haired so there are immediately things they could do now.”
It was earlier revealed by John McDonnell, whilst occurring on the Andrew Marr Show, that the decision to scrap tuition costs was simply an ‘ambition’.
”We’re going to try to. It is a real ambition of ours. I don’t want to engagement something we can’t deliver» he said.
He thought: “I don’t see why those that had the historical misfortune to be at university during the £9,000 span should be burdened excessively compared to those that went before or those that be received b affect after.
“I will deal with it.”