Clegg struggles to find fees consensus

NICK Clegg was yesterday facing his biggest crisis as LibDem leader as he failed to get an agreement from party members over how to vote on Thursday on the issue of trebling student tuition fees.

Clegg wants all LibDems to vote for the proposal but the party, which campaigned against the idea at the election, is split. At least seven LibDem MPs want Clegg to call off the vote.

In a move designed to help Clegg’s predicament, Universities Minister David Willetts announced that the poorest students will be able to take advantage of a £150m government scholarship fund.

Labour leader Ed Miliband called the coalition government’s proposals an “assault on social mobility.”