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Lib Dems rule out offer to scrap university tuition fees

Sir Ed Davey said any pledge to scrap fees would be 'unaffordable'. Credit: PA

The Liberal Democrats have ruled out offering to scrap university tuition fees - an issue that has dogged the party since it broke a promise not to raise costs after the 2010 election.

Former environment secretary Sir Ed Davey said that the had decided against any such pledge as they "don't think that is affordable" in comments to BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

He said that instead they planned to restore maintenance grants which help the "most disadvantaged students."

Former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has acknowledged he "got it wrong" by agreeing to bow to his then-coalition partners in the Conservatives by backing increased fees of £9,000 per year.

The current leader Tim Farron voted against the increase.

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Brexit has added 5p per litre of petrol, Lib Dems say

Liberal Democrats' Nick Clegg Credit: PA

The vote to leave the European Union has put an additional 5p on a litre of petrol, the Liberal Democrats have claimed.

Nick Clegg, the party's spokesman on Europe, said motorists were paying the price at the pumps for the post-referendum slump in the value of the pound.

The Lib Dems calculated that the average price of a litre of petrol had risen by 7p since the Brexit vote last June.

Of that, the party said, 2p was due to the increase in the international oil price with the rest down to the fall in sterling which followed the referendum.

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