The Liberal Democrats have announced their education pledges. In response, David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, said: “The Liberal Democrats have pledged to protect further education funding per student in real terms. That's a great first step, but if we are to be more self-sufficient in skills, a post-Brexit UK will need increased investment to engage more adults and help young people go further in developing the skills needed in the labour market. We need investment to help develop a new culture of lifelong learning in the UK in which every young person and adult has opportunities to learn throughout their lives. Colleges are vital in helping to deliver that new culture."