Theresa May targets young voters by freezing annual tuition fees at £9,250

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THERESA May will launch a massive pitch for young voters today with help for skint students and first-time home-buyers.

The PM will announce a major rethink of tuition fees, backed by immediate action to put an extra £360 in the pockets of graduates.

 The rethink of tuition fees will be backed by immediate action to put an extra £360 in the pockets of graduates.

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The rethink of tuition fees will be backed by immediate action to put an extra £360 in the pockets of graduates.

She also plans a £10billion expansion of the Help to Buy scheme, which will help 135,000 more people to get a foot on the housing ladder.

Mrs May has put the under-30s at the heart of a raft of reforms to be unveiled at the Tory conference which opens in Manchester today.

In an exclusive interview with The Sun on Sunday, she said: “Too many young people fear they are going to be worse off than their parents.

“We have listened to those concerns and we are going to act to offer a fairer deal for students and young people.”

But the move also is aimed at winning back the youth vote, which got behind Labour in last June’s General Election.

Mrs May will order a complete overhaul of student finance and funding. Tuition fees will be frozen at £9,250 with a £250 rise to £9,500 planned for next year scrapped.

 Mrs May has put the under-30s at the heart of a raft of reforms to be unveiled at the Tory conference which opens in Manchester today

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Mrs May has put the under-30s at the heart of a raft of reforms to be unveiled at the Tory conference which opens in Manchester today

And the amount graduates must earn before they start student loan repayments will be raised from £21,000 to £25,000.

Mrs May will also take action to tackle the housing crisis — and is committed to delivering a million new homes by 2020.

The switch was dubbed “Labour Lite” by some MPs who fear she is allowing Corbyn’s success in wooing the young to dictate Tory policy.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell says Labour will abolish university tuition fees

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