The Liberal Democrats will pledge in their general election manifesto to make access to selected national museums and galleries more open to poorer families by charging people up to £9,000 to go into them

Danny Alexander, the Lib Dem chief secretary to the treasury, will say that guaranteeing expensive access to museums will ensure that people from all backgrounds can continue to enjoy the “great institutions” – provided they have enough money to pay the exorbitant entrance fees.

The surprise announcement comes just 4 years after the Lib Dems fulfilled their manifesto pledge not to raise university tuition fees by tripling them.


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