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  1. Manchester attacks: MI5 probes bomber 'warnings' 29 May 2017 From the section UK Image copyright PA Image caption Fresh police raids in the investigation took place on Sunday MI5 is to hold an inquiry into the way it dealt with warnings from the public that the Manchester suicide bomber, Salman Abedi, was a potential threat. Whitehall officials have acknowledged the security service was examining what assumptions had been made about the 22-year-old before last Monday's attack. It later emerged it was alerted to his extremist views on three occasions. Fourteen locations are being searched by police and 13 men remain in custody on suspicion of terror offences. The latest person to be arrested was a 19-year-old man in the Gorton area of Manchester on Sunday. A 25-year-old man was held earlier in the Old Trafford area of the city. Manchester attack: Who were the victims? What we know about bomber Salman Abedi MI5 has launched a "post incident investigation" into how the Manchester bomber was overlooked, while a separate report is being prepared for ministers and those who oversee the work of the service. A Whitehall official said previously that Abedi was one of a "pool" of former subjects of interest whose risk remained "subject to review" by the security service and its partners. Born in Manchester to Libyan parents. aged 16, BBC Newsnight reported he fought against the Colonel Gaddafi regime with his father during the school holidays. It was while at Manchester College that two people who knew Abedi have confirmed they made separate calls to an anti-terrorism hotline to warn the police about his extremist views. Soldiers withdrawn Seven children were among those who died when the Abedi detonated a bomb on 22 May, at the end of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande at Manchester Arena. Greater Manchester Police have made an appeal to the public for information about his movements since 18 May, when he returned to the UK from abroad. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A minute's silence for the victims and casualties was held before the Great Manchester Run His city centre flat was one of the last places he went - and where he may have made the final touches to his explosive device - before going to the arena, police have said. Police said their investigation is "making good progress" and has around 1,000 people working on it. In total 15 people have been arrested in Greater Manchester, Warwickshire and Merseyside - but a woman and a 16-year-old boy were later released without charge. The UK threat level has been reduced from critical to severe and soldiers deployed to support the police will be gradually withdrawn from Monday night. Additional security measures were in place for the Great Manchester Run on Sunday, which attracted tens of thousands of participants. A huge round of applause for the emergency services followed a minute's silence for the victims and casualties. There was also higher security at weekend events such as the FA Cup final in London. Anyone with information is asked to call the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789321. You can upload images or footage that might be of assistance to ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk. View the full article
  2. Man shot in Bangor supermarket car park 28 May 2017 From the section UK A man has been shot in a supermarket car park in Bangor, County Down. It happened outside the town's Sainsbury's in the Balloo Link area on Sunday afternoon. In a tweet the PSNI said: "Police currently at incident in Bangor. Believed one man has sustained gunshot wounds." It is understood the car park was full of shoppers at the time. Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact them. View the full article
  3. Manchester attack: CCTV shows bomber before arena blast 27 May 2017 From the section UK Image copyright Greater Manchester Police CCTV images showing suicide bomber Salman Abedi on the night he attacked Manchester Arena killing 22 people, have been been released by police. Fourteen locations are being searched and 13 people have been arrested on suspicion of terror offences. Abedi's identity was known within two hours of Monday's attack, police said. The UK terrorism threat level has been reduced from critical to severe and soldiers deployed to support the police will be stood down on Monday night. Prime Minister Theresa May made the announcement after leading a meeting of the government's emergency committee Cobra on Saturday morning. Armed police continue to guard hundreds of events across the UK over the bank holiday weekend. There was increased security at Wembley for the FA Cup Final, Hampden Park for the Scottish Cup Final and Twickenham for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final. Mrs May said significant activity by the police during the last 24 hours had led to the threat being reduced. Manchester attack: Who were the victims? What we know about bomber Salman Abedi Minute's silence held at Radio 1's Big Weekend It is unclear where the newly released images of Abedi were taken and from what time on Monday evening. Greater Manchester Police have made an appeal to the public for information about the bomber's movements since 18 May, when he returned to the UK. Police said the investigation - which is "making good progress" - has around 1,000 people working on it and hundreds more officers involved in the security across Greater Manchester. Abedi's city centre flat was one of the last places he went - and where he may have made the final touches to his explosive device - before going to the arena, police have said. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption On Saturday police raided a property in the Moss Side area of Manchester Seven children were among those who died when the Manchester-born 22-year-old detonated the bomb on Monday night, at the end of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande. A total of 17 warrants have been carried out mainly across Greater Manchester in the last five days. On Saturday, officers used an explosive device to gain entry to a property in the Cheetham Hill area of Manchester, where two men were arrested. A joint statement from Chief Constable Ian Hopkins and Neil Basu, senior national co-ordinator from UK Counter Terrorism Policing, said: "This is still a live investigation which is not slowing down. "Our priorities are to understand the run up to this terrible event and to understand if more people were involved in planning this attack." Anyone with information is asked to call the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789321. You can email images or footage that might be of assistance to ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk. View the full article
  4. British Airways: Computer problems cause flight delays 27 May 2017 From the section UK Image copyright @TimReidCE Image caption Some passengers said they missed flights after BA's mobile app system went down Computer problems are causing delays for British Airways passengers worldwide, the airline has said. The carrier apologised for the "global system outage" and said it was "working to resolve the the problem as quickly as possible". Heathrow Airport said it was "working closely" with BA to solve the issue. It is not known how many flights are affected but passengers have reported issues at a number of airports on social media. 'Catastrophic' Journalist Martyn Kent said he had been sat on a plane at Heathrow for 90 minutes. He said the captain told passengers the IT problems were "catastrophic". Image copyright @TimReidCE Image caption Passengers are reporting significant queues and disruption at Heathrow Terminal 5, British Airways' main London terminal Philip Bloom said he had been waiting on board a Heathrow-bound flight at Belfast for two hours. He added: "We haven't been told very much just that there is a worldwide computer system failure. "We were told that we couldn't even get on other flights because they are unable to see what flights we can be moved to." Image copyright Twitter View the full article
  5. New evacuation in Manchester investigation 27 May 2017 From the section UK An area of Moss Side in Manchester evacuated as police search property as part of ongoing investigation into attack This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. If you want to receive Breaking News alerts via email, or on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App then details on how to do so are available on this help page. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. View the full article
  6. Manchester attack: Armed police patrol bank holiday events 27 May 2017 From the section UK Image copyright Reuters Armed police will guard hundreds of events across the UK this bank holiday weekend following a reassessment of security after the Manchester bombing. Senior officers are encouraging people to go out but to remain vigilant on the first holiday weekend with the national threat level at its highest. Security is being increased at football cup finals at Wembley and Hampden Park and the Great Manchester Run. Police are questioning nine men over the attack in which 22 people died. The UK threat level was raised from "severe" to "critical" following the suicide attack at Manchester Arena on 22 March. The country's leading counter-terror officer, Met Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, said on Friday that "immense" progress had been made in the investigation into a suspected network linked to suicide bomber Salman Abedi. He said there were still "important" lines of inquiry to pursue but urged the public to "go out as planned and enjoy yourselves". Police had reviewed security at more than 1,300 events across the country, and people could be "100% confident" they were doing everything possible to protect them, he added. "Be reassured by the greater policing presence you will see," he said. "We can't let the terrorists win by dissuading us from going about our normal business." Bank holiday events go on after Manchester attack Ariana Grande plans benefit gig Take That praise Manchester's ‘spirit’ Who was Salman Abedi? Manchester attack: What we know so far About 1,000 armed police officers have been freed up by a decision to deploy the Army to protect key sites including Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament. Policing will also be stepped up at the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham and the football play-offs at Wembley on Sunday and Monday. Met Police Ch Supt Jon Williams said operations will include both high-profile and covert tactics. "All of this is designed to make the policing approach unpredictable and to make London as hostile an environment as possible to terrorists," he said. He added: "Anyone coming to the FA Cup Final or the other play-off matches over the weekend will see an increase in police numbers in and around the stadium. "At Twickenham, rugby fans will see more armed officers on foot around the stadium." Get news from the BBC in your inbox, each weekday morning On Sunday, the Great Manchester Run will go ahead with runners and spectators due to turn out in large numbers as the city recovers from the bombing at the concert by the US singer Ariana Grande. Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins has said the additional armed policing support enabled the event to go ahead. As well as military personnel, Ministry of Defence Police are also being used to support regional forces, with Kent Police confirming that "highly-visible firearms officers are already patrolling key locations". Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The floral tributes to the victims has been growing in St Ann's Square, Manchester Meanwhile, enhanced policing and security will also be in place at Saturday's Scottish Cup Final at Hampden Park in Glasgow. Supt Mark Hargreaves said: "There is no specific threat against Scotland, or the Scottish Cup Final; however, people should remain calm but vigilant and report anything suspicious to police." Arrest on bus Nine men aged between 18 and 44 - including Abedi's brother Ismail - are in custody on suspicion of terror offences, following arrests in Greater Manchester, Warwickshire and Merseyside. The most recent arrest, of a man aged 44, was made on Friday in the Rusholme area of Manchester. Witnesses said armed police had surrounded a bus on Oxford Road before they arrested a man on board. Greater Manchester Police are still carrying out a number of searches with two addresses in the Cheetham Hill and Longsight areas in the city being the latest sites to be investigated. A total of 66 people remain in hospital, with 23 in critical care. Image copyright Various Image caption School children, parents and friends were among the victims of Monday's bombing The victims of the Manchester attack Prime Minister Theresa May is to hold another meeting of the government's Cobra emergency committee later to assess the security situation. View the full article
  7. Manchester attack: Police make tenth arrest 26 May 2017 From the section UK Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An army bomb disposal unit was called to Wigan on Thursday Police have arrested a man in the Moss Side area of Manchester in connection with Monday's attack at the city's Arena venue that killed 22 people. He is one of eight men - aged between 18 and 38 - now in custody on suspicion of terror offences, police have said. Police believe Manchester-born bomber Salman Abedi, from a family of Libyan origin, acted as part of a network. His older brother, Ismail Abedi, 24, is among 10 people to have been arrested in the UK. Two were later released. A 16-year-old boy and a 34-year-old woman were the two released without charge. The 22nd victim of the attack has been named as 15-year-old Megan Hurley, from Halewood in Merseyside. The UK terror threat level remains "critical" - meaning another attack could be imminent. On Friday, police said they had searched an address in St Helens, Merseyside, in connection with the attack. Residents who were moved from their homes in Wigan on Thursday night, while armed police and a bomb disposal unit searched a house, have been allowed to return. The victims of the Manchester attack The bewildering complexity of terror inquiries What Libya tells us about Manchester bomber Who was Salman Abedi? In the Libyan capital Tripoli, Abedi's younger brother Hashem, 20, and their father, Ramadan, were held by special forces linked to the interior ministry. A Libyan official has said Abedi's brother knew of his aim to carry out an attack, but did not know its timing or location. Abedi, 22, was known to the security services, but his risk to the public remained "subject to review". Security Minister Ben Wallace told the BBC there were 12,000 people in that category, those who had formerly been come to the attention of the security services. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Motorbike and scooter riders descended on St Ann"s Square on Thursday to pay their respects to the victims of the Manchester Arena attack Meanwhile, the UK has resumed sharing information with the US after assurances were received by counter-terrorism officers in the UK. UK officials reacted angrily after the New York Times published leaked photos on Wednesday appearing to show debris from the crime scene, including bloodstained fragments from the bomb. US president Donald Trump called the leaks "deeply troubling". General election campaigning, which was suspended in the wake of the Manchester attack, will resume on Friday, with Labour set to draw links between wars abroad and terrorism "at home". Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionManchester attack: Queen visits Royal Manchester Children's HospitalLeader Jeremy Corbyn will say that under a Labour government, UK foreign policy would change to one that "reduces rather than increases the threat" to the country. Prime Minister Theresa May will be attending a G7 Summit meeting in Sicily on Friday. In a speech, she will urge world leaders to do more to combat online extremism. In other developments: Security minister Ben Wallace has said a "protective shield" is in place for events over the bank holiday weekend, adding there is "no specific" threat against an event The Changing of the Guard ceremonies at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle will resume on Friday, having been cancelled on Wednesday to allow police officers to be redeployed in the wake of the Manchester attack NHS England is warning health organisations to "ensure care is in place should it be needed" in the run-up to the Bank holiday weekend Armed officers are to patrol trains nationwide for the first time Former independent terrorism reviewer, Lord Carlile, has told the BBC it was a "grave mistake" for the government to "dilute" control orders and said T-Pims - the measures which replaced control orders - should be used more US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is due to meet Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Friday on his first official visit to the UK to show UK-US solidarity UKIP's Suzanne Evans said Theresa May had to take "some responsibility" for the Manchester bombing Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionManchester attacks: Don't Look Back in Anger sung at vigil Who are the victims? Image copyright Various Image caption Clockwise, from top left: Courtney Boyle, Saffie Roussos, Olivia Campbell, Martyn Hett, Michelle Kiss, Philip Tron, Sorrell Leczkowski, Liam Curry, Chloe Rutherford, Wendy Fawell, Eilidh MacLeod, Elaine McIver Of the 22 victims killed at Manchester Arena, 21 have been named. The youngest known victim so far is eight-year-old Saffie Roussos from Lancashire, who was described as "simply a beautiful little girl" by her head teacher. The oldest victim was Jane Tweddle-Taylor, 51 and from Blackpool, who had gone to the arena with a friend to pick up her friend's daughter. An off-duty Cheshire police officer Elaine McIver was also among the dead. In a statement, her family said: "Despite what has happened to her, she would want us all to carry on regardless and not be frightened by fear tactics." On Thursday evening, well-wishers in a convoy of bikes, scooters and cars adorned with pink ribbons and balloons wound their way from Bury to Manchester to pay tribute to 15-year-old Bury victim, Olivia Campbell. Of the 116 injured, 75 remain in hospital. Of those, 23 are in critical care - five of them children. Who are the other victims? What more do we know about the attacker? Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWatch: BBC Newsnight's Gabriel Gatehouse gives details of what he's learned about Salman AbediMore details have begun to emerge about 22-year-old suicide bomber Abedi. His sister, Jomana, has said she believed her brother may have been reacting to US-led strikes in the Middle East. "He saw the explosives America drops on children in Syria, and he wanted revenge. "Whether he got that is between him and God," she reportedly told the Wall Street Journal. It is also being reported that a Libyan government spokesman said 15 minutes before he blew himself up, Abedi called his mother and brother. His movements in the run-up to the attack have also come into focus, with reports that he left the UK for a while, but returned in the days before the bombing. Profile: Who was Salman Abedi? During a trip back from Libya, where his parents now live, he briefly stopped at Düsseldorf Airport, having reportedly been in Prague, but remained in the airport's transit zone. The BBC also understands Abedi was in Manchester earlier this year, when he told people of the value of dying for a cause and made hardline statements about suicide operations and the conflict in Libya. At the age of 16 and during his school holidays, Abedi is believed to have fought with his father in Libya against the Gaddafi regime, according to BBC Newsnight. Greater Manchester Police would not comment on these claims. In recent days, former classmates of Abedi have variously described him as jokey, gullible and short-tempered. Another, who did not want to be named, told the BBC's World At One Abedi did not "come across as an intelligent person". Asked whether he thought Abedi might have been manipulated by more intelligent people, he replied: "A hundred percent. "I can't imagine the idea that he would be able to go through with such a complicated procedure. He must have had help." "I wasn't shocked," the classmate added. "He fits the profile for a suicide bomber." Get news from the BBC in your inbox, each weekday morning View the full article
  8. Queen visits children injured in Manchester attack 25 May 2017 From the section UK Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe Queen met staff at Royal Manchester Children's HospitalThe Queen condemned the "wicked" Manchester attack as she met children injured by the suicide bombing. She visited Royal Manchester Children's Hospital where she also spoke with staff who have treated the victims. The Queen said the attack was "dreadful" and expressed her shock that young people had been targeted in the bombing at an Ariana Grande concert. Twelve children under the age of 16 were taken to the hospital following Monday's attack. The Queen praised hospital staff for "coming together" after hearing how many had come in from home offering their assistance. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Amy Barlow was among the children visited by the Queen Speaking to the parents of Evie Mills, 14, who was injured in the blast, the Queen said: "It's dreadful. Very wicked. To target that sort of thing." She also told Evie, from Harrogate, she thought Ariana Grande was a "very good singer", adding: "She sounds very, very good." The Queen expressed her shock at the targeting of children, telling a member of staff: "The awful thing was that everyone was so young. The age of them." She also met with Millie Robson, 15, who suffered injuries to her legs, and wished her a speedy recovery. View the full article
  9. Police hunt Manchester attack 'network' 24 May 2017 From the section UK Police say they are investigating a "network" over the Manchester attack, as a police officer is confirmed to be among the victims This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. If you want to receive Breaking News alerts via email, or on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App then details on how to do so are available on this help page. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. View the full article
  10. UK threat level raised to highest level 23 May 2017 From the section UK UK terror threat level raised to highest level of 'critical', meaning further attack may be imminent, prime minister says This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. If you want to receive Breaking News alerts via email, or on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App then details on how to do so are available on this help page. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. View the full article
  11. Manchester bomber named by police 23 May 2017 From the section UK Image caption Eight-year-old Saffie Roussos and Georgina Callander, believed to be 18, are among the dead Salman Abedi, 22, has been named by police as the suspected suicide bomber who killed 22 people and injured 59 at Manchester Arena on Monday night. The BBC understands he was Manchester born and from a family of Libyan origin. Abedi had not been identified by the coroner so no further details would be given, Greater Manchester Police said. So far three victims have been named - Saffie Rose Roussos, eight, Georgina Callande and 28-year-old John Atkinson. View the full article
  12. Manchester Arena blast: 22 dead and 59 hurt 23 May 2017 From the section Manchester Image copyright Peter Byrne Twenty-two people are now known to have been killed and 59 injured in a suspected terror attack at Manchester Arena. The blast happened at 22:35 BST on Monday following a pop concert by the US singer Ariana Grande. Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police Ian Hopkins said the lone male attacker, who died in the blast, was carrying an improvised explosive device which he detonated. View the full article
  13. Police respond to Manchester Arena blast reports 22 May 2017 From the section Manchester Police are responding to a "serious incident" in Manchester amid reports of an "explosion" following a pop concert. Witnesses reported hearing a "huge bang" following an Ariana Grande gig. Network Rail said train lines out of Manchester Victoria station were blocked. View the full article
  14. General election: Theresa May changes social care plans 22 May 2017 From the section Election 2017 Image copyright Science Photo Library Theresa May has said proposed changes to social care funding will include an option for an "absolute limit" on the money people will have to pay. The Conservatives ruled out a cap on total costs in last week's manifesto, instead saying no-one would see their assets fall below £100,000. The PM said the plan was "sensible" and would stop the system from collapse. But she said she wanted to address "shameful" fears that people would be forced to sell their family home. She told activists in Wales that the Conservatives were "determined the fix the system" and the consultation on the plans, if the party wins the election, would consider a cap among the options. BBC Election Live: Rolling text and video updates Simon Jack: Biggest intergenerational redistribution ever? Reality check: Who could social care changes affect? "We will make sure nobody has to sell their family home to pay for care," she said. "We will make sure there's an absolute limit on what people need to pay. And you will never have to go below £100,000 of your savings, so you will always have something to pass on to your family" Mrs May said she had not "changed the basic principles" set out in the manifesto, saying the plans would still give people "peace of mind" about the care available, but was now clarifying the details. But Former Chancellor George Osborne, now editor of the Evening Standard, said it was a U-turn. Currently, people living in residential care can ask their local authority to pay their bill and recover the money from the sale of their family home after they die. The Conservatives' plan would extend this right to those receiving care in their own homes, who would have to pay until they were down to their last £100,000. Image copyright ForMed Films Under the Conservative plans nobody with assets of less than £100,000 would have to pay for social care. Currently anyone with assets of over £23,250 is expected to pay the full cost of their residential care and the value of their home can be taken into account. But that is not the case if you receive care in your own home. Under the Tory plans the value of your home may in future be factored in, although the money would not be taken from your estate until after your death. This means some people fear they will not be able to pass their homes down to their children. Why many will pay more for care The BBC's assistant political editor Norman Smith said Conservative sources had earlier been dismissing the prospect of any rethink over the plans, insisting there would be "no rowing back". He said he had been told that while there would be a consultation, this had always been planned and it would only examine "the finer detail" of the policy. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had accused the Conservatives of "forcing those who need social care to pay for it with their homes," labelling the policy a "dementia tax". The Lib Dems, meanwhile, had said nine out of 10 homes would be eligible to be sold under the new regime, citing Land Registry house sale figures. Calling for a "national movement" against the policy, Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said it was a "callous blow for people who have dementia and other long-term conditions, like multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease, and of course their families. "It is not just a massive mistake but a cruel attack on vulnerable people the length and breadth of this country." The Conservatives had attempted to fight back online, with a paid-for ad on Google which pop up when users of the search engine type in the words "dementia tax". The ad reads "The so-called 'dementia tax' - Get the real facts - conservatives.com, together with a link to an explainer about the party's social care policies on its website. View the full article
  15. General election 2017: Labour brings forward tuition fees pledge 22 May 2017 From the section Election 2017 Image copyright PA Labour says it would bring forward its pledge to scrap tuition fees to include students starting university in England this autumn if it wins the election. The party also says students part-way through their courses would not have to pay for the remaining years. It said the cost was factored into the £9.5bn annual bill for scrapping fees. The Tories said more poorer students than ever were going to university, and the Lib Dems said better-off students would gain most from ending fees. BBC Election Live: Rolling text and video updates Voter registration deadline looms All or nothing for Labour on tuition fees The announcement comes as the deadline for people to register to vote approaches - they have until 23:59 BST on Monday to sign up. Labour announced it would abolish university tuition fees - which are due to rise to £9,250 a year in the autumn - in its manifesto last week. It is now offering more detail on the policy, which applies to students resident in England studying for their first degree at an English university, in an appeal aimed at people eligible to vote for the first time on 8 June. Labour's shadow education secretary Angela Rayner told BBC Breakfast that people coming out of university now face debts of up to £44,000 - a "gut-wrenching" sum which "hangs over them" for years to come. 'Saddled with debt' She said that by getting the top earners to pay "just a little bit more", Labour can "stop our young people from going through that hell of having that much debt". Put to her on BBC Radio 4's Today programme that axing frees would benefit the wealthiest graduates - who currently repay the most in tuition fees - Ms Rayner said: "You've got young people, regardless of their wealth, that are leaving university after working hard, they've finally got their degrees, they're going into their job for the first time, junior doctors etcetera, and they're saddled with debt for years and years. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAngela Rayner tells Today they won't let young people be 'saddled with debt'"Whether they pay back that debt or not, if you've ever had a huge amount of debt hanging over your head you know how that feels." Labour said legislation would be in place for students starting university in the autumn of 2018 - but that a Labour government would immediately write off the first year of fees for those starting a year earlier. Labour, which has also promised the return of maintenance grants to cover living costs, said it would protect people who had already graduated from inflation-busting interest rises in future years. It said the £9.5bn annual cost of abolishing tuition fees would be paid for by increasing corporation tax, and income tax for people earning over £80,000. 'Odd choice' Former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg said scrapping fees was the "wrong choice" at the moment and he did not know how Labour would pay for it. The Lib Dems made a manifesto commitment before the 2010 election not to raise fees but abandoned that in coalition government with the Conservatives, a U-turn for which they were strongly criticised and which was partly blamed for their dramatic loss of support in the 2015 election. How do tuition fees work? Universities in England can charge up to £9,250 a year for undergraduate courses from this autumn. The tuition fees will then increase every year with inflation. Students can borrow loans to cover tuition fees, which are paid directly to the university. They can also take out loans for living costs - with the amount that can be borrowed decided by means testing. Parents are expected to cover any costs above this maintenance loan. Interest on loans, which is rising to 6.1% this year, is charged from as soon as students begin their courses. But the loans are not paid back until after graduation and when former students earn more than £21,000. The rate you pay back is 9% of your income over the £21,000 threshold. If you do not finish repaying within 30 years, the rest of the loan will normally be written off. The average amount owed by university graduates in England averaged £44,000 last year, figures from charity the Sutton Trust suggested. Total outstanding student debt in England was at £76bn. There are lower levels of fees in Wales and Northern Ireland. In Scotland there are no tuition fees for Scottish students. There have been rows in Scotland, however, about the gap in access to university between rich and poor students. Mr Clegg told BBC Radio 4's Today that under the repayment system put in place by his party, no graduates paid fees up front and Labour's changes would see people "who have never been lucky enough to go to university" subsidising those who do. "Let's be very clear what this is for - it is to relieve graduates in the future of the need to make any contribution to their university education while, and here is the odd choice, not reversing a lot of the very punitive and aggressive benefit cuts which will affect some of the poorest in the country," he said. "If the choice is between the poorest and some of the richest graduates of the future, I would choose helping the poorest." Education is a devolved matter, with only Scotland charging no tuition fees for Scottish students, although research suggests Scotland also has a bigger access gap between rich and poor students than the rest of the UK. 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