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The fees debate hots up as a Labour motion to stop this autumn’s £250 rise is passed—even if it is not necessarily destined to become law—and comes under further discussion today. If the government do not acknowledge the will of the Commons, opponents are likely to mount a legal challenge.

An opposition motion to stop the government raising tuition fees to £9,250 this autumn was passed in the House of Commons yesterday, after the Democratic Unionist Party indicated it would back Labour. Since defeat was clear, Conservatives decided not to push for a vote. The DUP also backed Labour in a motion to increase pay for NHS staff.  HE understands that if the government do not now concede the fee increase the issue is headed for the courts.

Yesterday was the first time the DUP broke with the Conservatives since they struck a confidence and supply agreement to vote together on crucial legislation after the general election.

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