The public would not believe any political party which claimed at the next general election that it could scrap university tuition fees, Business Secretary Vince Cable said on Monday.
Cable said the Lib Dems had moved on from the "rancour and damage" of the party's broken pledge not to support any rise in tuition fees at the last election. Two years ago Lib Dem MPs supported Government legislation, increasing tuition fees to £9,000 a year for students paying the full amount.
Speaking during a policy motion at the party's conference in Glasgow, which will help form the party's manifesto at the next election, Cable said he backed an amendment brought by Lib Dem Youth stating education should "never be based on an individual's ability to afford it".
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And he told activists voters would not believe any party claiming to axe fees at the next election.