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Nick Clegg's attempts to hold his party together suffered another setback yesterday when three Liberal Democrats threatened to resign their government posts over plans to allow universities to charge £9,000 a year in tuition fees.

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Ministers gave the green light to the most radical shake-up of higher education finance in history yesterday, allowing universities to triple their fees to £9,000 a year.

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Lib Dems made sure cuts were fair, Clegg tells party members

Nick Clegg sought to reassure Liberal Democrats worried by the depth of the cuts as he insisted that the party's values were written through the spending plans "like the message in a stick of rock".

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Chancellor George Osborne launched a searing attack on Labour today for leaving Britain's armed forces dangerously outdated.

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Vince Cable may have become the figurehead of the coalition's gloomy disposition, denying he was having "fun" but some of his colleagues obviously didn't get the memo about not appearing to be enjoying austerity government too much. "I'm bloody loving it," said one Lib Dem minister. "I would be lying if I said I wasn't having the best time of my life," added another.

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Former Liberal Democrat leader and champion athlete Sir Menzies Campbell has been appointed to the Olympic Board, it was announced today.

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Liberal Democrat ministers and MPs filed out of the conference hall with smiles on their faces following Nick Clegg's speech.

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