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As this is our most commonly asked question - 'why did we go back on our word about tuition fees' we have compiled some information:

Firstly please remember the Lib Dems, did not win the 2010 election, we were a minority party and therefore unable to deliver all we wanted to from the manifesto.

Lib Dems on Tuition feesWe then worked non-stop to create a whole new system, creating a type of graduate tax that means graduates only pay later in life, when they can afford it. And the wealthiest pay the most.

And it's working. Record numbers of students are going to university, and more disadvantaged students are at University than ever before.

In 2010, Labour and the Conservatives agreed more with each other then they agreed with us. Both had plans to increase fees. It's thanks to the Liberal Democrats that we have a progressive system based on a graduate's ability to pay, not a punitive upfront bill for all students.

There was a lot of scaremongering, but thankfully young people have seen through the false and deliberately misleading accusations, and are applying to University in record numbers.

Labour and Conservatives stopped us from getting the policy we wanted, but it's actually because of Liberal Democrats that the policy helps the lowest paid and helping more people into higher education.

Labour's plan to cap maximum tuition fees to £6,000-a-year is actually deeply regressive and will only benefit the wealthiest graduates - it is nothing more than a cheap headline. The majority of students don't see any benefit whatsoever, it's only higher earners who do.

• Only graduates with a starting salary of at least £35,000 would pay less overall. This compares to an average graduate starting salary of £21,700 and is likely to be only paid by a handful of big City firms.

• Independent experts, such as Martin Lewis of MoneySavingExpert.com, have called the plan "financially illiterate" because it would help those with more money rather than those with less.

• The Universities UK board has said such a cut would "damage the economy, affect the quality of students' education, and set back work on widening access to higher education."

• The current system is working. There are a record number of applications, with the rate of disadvantaged students applying to study in higher education hitting an all-time high.

• Labour vowed not to introduce or increase fees in opposition but did in Government. Ed Miliband in the run up to the Labour leadership election said he would scrap tuition fees.

Please bear these facts in mind when considering the very difficult decisions being in coalition required us to make.