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Tuition fee cuts would come into force next September

Ed Miliband has said a £3,000 cut to university tuition fees would come into force in September 2016 if Labour are elected.

He told supporters it would will benefit not only those starting degree courses next year, but "those already at university" and slash an average of around £9,000 off each student's debt.

Mr Miliband also said that maintenance grants will be raised by £400 a year, and that Labour is "determined" to help students with their living costs.

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Miliband pledges to cut university tuition fees to £6,000

Labour leader Ed Miliband. Credit: pool

Ed Miliband has pledged to cut university tuition fees from £9,00 a year to £6,000.

The Labour leader said if the party were voted in at the General Election they would make life better for young people.

He also pledged to offer:

  • 25 hours of free childcare for every child aged three and four
  • Lower class sizes for five, six and seven-year-olds to 30 or under
  • Guaranteed apprenticeships for teenagers if they get the grades at 18

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Nick Clegg announces new fleet of trains for the North

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin will announce improvements to trains in the North today, promising "more seats, more services and a brand new fleet of trains"

Nick Clegg will announce changes to train services in the North today Credit: Press Association

Improving rail links in the region has been much anticipated. These old trains have been rattling across rails in the North for over 30 years; a constant source of complaint which have held the region back.

Modernising rail in the North will encourage business, boost tourism and give commuters the journey they deserve; one that is fit for a 21st century metropolis.

– Nick Clegg MP, Deputy PM

The government has said it will make the following changes to trains in the North.

  • replace outdated Pacer trains and introduce a brand new fleet of modern trains
  • tackle crowding
  • invest in stations
  • accommodate over 19,000 more commuters in Manchester during the morning peak
  • add over 200 new train services every day across both franchises
  • provide over one-third more capacity across both franchises
  • introduce free Wi-Fi

Unlike the last Northern franchise in 2004, which included limited plans to invest in services or meet demand, this deal will maintain investment and grow to fit the needs of passengers for years to come.

Together with the £1 billion investment we are making to improve the region’s railways and our plans to link east and west through HS3, our railways are making the region an economic powerhouse.

– Patrick McLoughlin, Transport Secretary

Miliband outlines Labour's 'Youth Pledge' in Leeds

Labour leader Ed Miliband will be discussing Labour's 'Youth Pledge' on a visit to our region today.

Labour Leader Ed Miliband is in West Yorkshire later to discuss policies on young people Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

The pledge will outline the party's youth policies, which includes their stance on tuition fees.

He'll be joined on his visit to Leeds by Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls.

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Helicopter search and rescue launched at Humberside Airport

The country's controversial privatised search and rescue helicopter service has been launched today at Humberside Airport.

Two helicopters will be based at Kirmington, one of ten locations around the UK.

The deal, with the Bristow Group ends 70 years of search and rescue from the RAF and the Royal Navy.

The company will operate the service on behalf of the Coastguard. Critics have expressed concerns that lives could be endangered, claims rejected today:

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