University fees will be capped, says Vince Cable

There is "no prospect" of the Government allowing unlimited degree tuition fees, according to the Business Secretary Vince Cable, despite Lord Browne recommending that universities in England should be free to set their own fees. "That simply isn't going to arise," said Mr Cable.

Mark Steel: Shamed by our spirit of protest

Wayne Rooney must look in the papers every morning and think, "How does Vince Cable get away with it? Just like me, a year ago he was a national hero, the embodiment of hope, and now he's a bumbling fool and revealed as a cheat. But he's allowed to carry on as he pleases and isn't even substituted. I want a transfer to the Liberal Democrats."

Funding cut, fees up and higher education for sale

The proposals in the Browne report would profoundly change not only the economy but also the philosophy of higher education. If students will now perforce select and purchase their education with a view to their personal financial reward, universities will package and deliver education to prioritise its financial benefit to the student.

Vince Cable bears brunt of tuition fee anger

Vince Cable was under fire tonight over plans to charge students thousands of pounds more for university, as he scrapped a Liberal Democrat election pledge to oppose any rise in tuition fees.

38% of firms say loans are harder to secure

More than a third of UK businesses have found getting a loan more difficult over the past year, which will come as a shock to the Government which has pushed banks to increase lending to companies.

Recovery will be hindered by tough migration rules, says CBI

The CBI will urge the Government not to strangle business with a heavy-handed cap on immigration, arguing that the Coalition should limit the number of students entering the country before it closes the doors to skilled professionals. It will also warn that the current rules are not working.

David Prosser: In no mood to listen on immigration caps

Outlook All that said, the Government so far shows little sign of listening to the complaints of employers about its immigration policy. A row has broken out remarkably quickly, with businesses moving from an assumption that no government would implement rules so rigid they would be prevented from hiring sufficient numbers of highly-skilled workers – particularly if doing so was likely to jeopardise the growth of the private sector, or drive companies to move operations to other jurisdictions – to saying that this is exactly what has happened.

Ben Bradshaw: 'Tories worse than I feared on broadcasting'

The Government has "relentlessly attacked and undermined the BBC" and condemned ITV's regional news to a "slow death", shadow culture secretary Ben Bradshaw claimed today.

Stephen Pound MP, Backstage Comedy Club, London

While luminaries such as Dustin Hoffman have graced the upstairs restaurant of Cafe Koha, the basement, where the Backstage Comedy Club is housed, is becoming synonymous with hosting political comedy freakshows.

Leading article: The task for Labour's new leader in the age of coalition government

Today the Labour Party will know the identity of its new leader.

Cuts 'threaten vital research'

Scientific research that "touches people's lives" could be lost as a result of Government cuts to funding, leading universities warned today.

Would Vince Cable's 'graduate tax' be a fairer way for students to contribute to the cost of their degrees?

Vince Cable is a much-loved politician because he tells it like it is, he seems to know what he is talking about and he doesn't pander to people. Youngsters like him because he has a cool name that brings to mind an action movie star; oldies are keen because, well, because he's one of them.

Vince Cable: Proud of our record, and our programme

I was a late convert, but now I have to convince the Liberal Democrat conference that the cuts are right and will be fair

Business leaders back Cable in immigration row

A raft of senior business figures yesterday backed Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, in a row over immigration that threatens to split the Coalition Government. While a Downing Street spokesman rejected Mr Cable's warning on Thursday that caps on immigration to the UK from non-European Union countries would do "huge damage" to the economy, business leaders supported him.

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