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John Denham MP, Labour's Shadow Business Secretary, commenting following the vote on tuition fees, said:

"This is a moment of no turning back for Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems. They have lost all credibility with the country and cannot now claim to be a party of fairness.

“The government is tripling fees and cutting public funding for university teaching by 80%, leaving English students facing the highest public university fees in the industrialised world.  This was only made possible by the support of  Liberal Democrats – they should hang their heads in shame.

“This decision was not about deficit reduction, but a political choice, driven by the Conservative and Lib Dem Government, to cut most university teaching funding and put the burden for most degrees solely onto students. They will face huge debts and many will pay back for 30 years.  The plans are not fair, not necessary and not good for higher education. Conservatives and Liberal Democrat MPs have let down their constituents, let down young people and let down higher education.”

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