Shadow business secretary John Denham comments on Simon Hughes' appointment as advisor to the government on access to higher education:
"The Tory led government is clearly worried that students will be put off or make bad choices because they face the higher fees. Simon Hughes is as responsible for that as anybody in parliament.
"I'm afraid this is a terribly cynical piece of window-dressing.
"It's all about trying to keep the Liberal Democrats propping up the Tory government. It's nothing about the opportunities for young people in this country."