>London braces itself for more student protests, as EMA debate begins


The Opposition Day debate tabled by Labour to save EMA is underway, although the chamber isn’t as full as it was for the fees debate. Only weeks after the NUS’ “Demolition” rally that led to attacks on Millbank Tower, Westminster is once again bracing itself for prostests as thousands of students will march in support of the payment.

Over 600,000 students (around 45%) receive the payments of up to £30 a week. The NUS describe it as a ‘lifeline for students’, but many others point out that the money is frequently not spent on travel or course resources as it should be.

A lobby of parliament was already underway, and supporters are expected to march from Piccadilly at about 4pm. Hide those fire extinguishers.

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