Harriet Harman

Member of Parliament for Camberwell and Peckham. Mother of the House of Commons.

Confronting the Deputy Prime Minister over plans to treble unive

Today in the House of Commons I challenged the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg MP, over the Coalition Goverment's plans to increases tuition fees which could result in students paying £9, 000 per year.

I asked the Deputy Prime Minister:

"In April he said that increasing tuition fees to £7,000 a year would be a disaster. What word would he use to describe fees of £9 000?

At the same time, outside parliament, thousands of students and lectures from Southwark and across the UK held a mass demonstration opposing the coalition's proposals. Changes to higher education would see English students pay among the highest fees of any public university system in the industrialised world.

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