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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

Miliband attacks Cameron on MPs' second jobs

Ed Miliband has called on David Cameron to ban MPs from having second jobs "to restore the reputation of this house" following recent allegations against two former foreign secretaries.

Ed Miliband addressing David Cameron in the Commons today. Credit: ITV News

Mr Miliband accused the Prime Minister of not wanting to change the rules after the Government amended a Labour motion that MPs should only have one job.

The Labour leader recalled comments by Mr Cameron in 2009 when he said in opposition that "being a Member of Parliament must be a full-time commitment" and that "double-jobbing MPs" would not be allowed under his leadership.

Mr Cameron said Mr Miliband's proposal was "not thought through", adding: "I think the difficulty with your specific proposal is it would allow, for instance, someone to be a paid trade union official but it wouldn't allow someone to run a family business or a family shop."

Miliband hit back, saying: "Let's agree now we will rule out anyone being a paid trade union official, a paid director, or a paid consultant. Say yes and we can restore the reputation of this House."

ITV News Political Editor Tom Bradby said Mr Miliband's performance at Prime Minister's Questions was one of his "best" for a while.

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Labour issues challenge to Cameron over TV debates

Labour has challenged David Cameron to confirm that he will attend the TV leaders debates.

In a letter to Grant Shapps after the dates were confirmed Douglas Alexander confirmed Labour leader Ed Miliband will take part.

You will now be aware that broadcasters have today decided – after the drawing of lots – that the head-to-head leaders’ debate between Mr Cameron and Mr Miliband will take place on April 30, just seven days before the General Election.

I am happy to confirm on Mr Miliband’s behalf that he will turn up to debate Mr Cameron on 30th April.

Can you today confirm that Mr Cameron will be there too?

Failure to answer this question will lead many to conclude that you and Mr Cameron are reluctant to give the British people the chance to make up their own minds.

The broadcasters have set the date. The invitation is in the post. The only question remaining is whether David Cameron is willing to go head-to-head with Ed Miliband.

– Douglas Alexander, Chair of Labour’s General Election Strategy

Ed Miliband unveils apprenticeships plan

The Labour leader Ed Miliband travelled to the West Midlands to set out his economic plan, which focused on offering tens of thousands of new apprenticeships. But his big announcement was partly overshadowed by a small one from his shadow Chancellor. Ed Balls - said people should always get a receipt for cash transactions. That prompted the Tories to claim that Labour is out of touch.

ITV News political editor Tom Bradby reports:

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