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Tuition fees have sparked major protests—but Labour is making a short-sighted mistake in opposing them, says the Chancellor

There were plenty of low points during the 13 years the Conservatives spent in opposition. But I remember one particularly dismal moment: the day, in 2004, when I joined most of my fellow Tory MPs in voting against Labour’s introduction of top-up fees. It was meant to be a moment of victory. Tony Blair’s government was divided. The chancellor, Gordon Brown, and his circle of political advisers were deliberately encouraging dissent to further his personal ambition. And we, the opposition, were suddenly…

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