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A test for the “greenest government ever”

Chris Huhne must not be withdrawn from Cancún to vote for tuition fees.

By George Eaton

At least 14 Liberal Democrat MPs and a few Tories (David Davis and Julian Lewis) will vote against the coalition’s tuition fees bill tomorrow. It will be the largest rebellion since the election but there is no chance of the government being defeated.

It’s therefore troubling to learn that the Environment Secretary, Chris Huhne, is under pressure to walk out of the Cancún climate-change talks and return to Britain in order to vote for the bill. The UK has been given a key role in securing a deal and the withdrawal of Huhne would reveal a very damaging set of priorities. We’ll soon learn how committed the self-proclaimed “greenest government ever” really is.

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