I stay as leader, says Duncan Smith

Iain Duncan Smith stood defiant as his policies on student tuition fees were drowned out by a barrage of questions over his leadership crisis.

And he insisted he would lead the party into power at the next election.

The troubled Tory leader reiterated his belief that he would remain at the head of the party despite calls by senior party donor Stuart Wheeler for him to be replaced.

He was visibly frustrated as his attack on the Government's tuition fees and the system of drug testing in sport was yet again overshadowed by reports that Tory members have lost confidence in his leadership.

Mr Duncan Smith was greeted with applause as he arrived in Loughborough accompanied by his wife Betsy to deliver a speech on Tory pledges to scrap the controversial charges.

He introduced local MEPs before launching a scathing attack on Labour's "tax" on students.

He delivered a promise that the tuition fees introduced by the Labour Government would be abolished as soon as the Conservative Party took power following the next election.

He said: "We will abolish Labour's tuition fees as soon as we get back into government.

"We believe access to university should be based on merit and merit alone.

"Those young people who don't want to go to university should have just as much opportunity in life as those who don't. They have been left behind by this Government."

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