Anti-Willetts motion is not passed

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A vote of no confidence by Cambridge academics in Universities Minister – and Havant MP – David Willetts and the Government’s higher education reforms failed to pass after it ended in a stalemate.

The ballot showed 681 votes in favour, and 681 votes against, which meant the motion was not approved.

A group of Cambridge academics called for a vote last month, amid concerns about the impact of budget cuts and plans to triple tuition fees to £9,000 per year.

Members of the university’s Regent House - the name for the institution’s governing body and electoral constituency - voted on the motion - known as a ‘Grace’.

A university statement said: ‘Such an equality of votes means the Grace - and hence the no confidence motion - is not approved.’