Prime Minister David Cameron backs Wakefield University plan

David Cameron visits Coca Cola junction 41, Wakefield

David Cameron visits Coca Cola junction 41, Wakefield

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PRIME minister David Cameron has backed plans for the city to have its own university.

Mr Cameron pledged his support to the proposal last Thursday as he encouraged Yorkshire cities to vote in favour of a directly-elected mayor.

Coun Peter Box, leader of Wakefield Council, launched the campaign for a university in February after a report found just 18 per cent of the city’s population had high level qualifications.

And this week Coun Box said: “I welcome comments made by the Prime Minister that he supports my efforts to ‘bang the drum’ for a much-needed university in Wakefield. I will continue to put pressure on government Ministers to make this happen.

“This statement confirms that there is indeed a strong case for a university which will bring skills and greater opportunities to the district.”