Protests start as MPs debate tuition fee rises
09-Dec-2010 (one comment)

Thousands of demonstrators have begun marching on Westminster as MPs begin debating plans to raise tuition fees in England to £9,000 a year.

There have been scuffles in central London as police tried to control marchers.

The Business Secretary Vince Cable told MPs the fee plans were fair and would maintain the quality of universities while tackling the financial deficit.

The coalition government is facing its first major backbench rebellion.

Police are out in force and barricades surround the Houses of Parliament, as protesters plan to converge on Westminster.

Demonstrators are approaching Parliament Square.

There have been minor scuffles between police and protesters as officers tried to control the march.

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