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Shabana Mahmood MP, Labour's Shadow Higher Education Minister, responding to news today that universities are facing their biggest fall in applications for more than 30 years, said:

"This report shows that young people are being put off applying for university by the trebling of tuition fees. This out of touch Tory-led Government has completely mishandled universities policy.

"Labour would reverse the corporation tax cut for banks and use the money to help cut fees to a maximum of £6,000. That is the difference between Labour, which makes the next generation a priority, and an out of touch Tory-led Government that will restrict opportunity and damage the future of our economy.

"The unfair, unnecessary and unsustainable decision to treble tuition fees to £9,000 while cutting university funding by 80% is putting many young people off university and threatening economic growth for this country and skills for the future."

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