Jake Berry has welcomed the latest UCAS data showing that university application rates for 18-year-olds remain at record levels.

The UCAS date showed that, 36 per cent of 18-year-olds in the Rossendale and Darwen constituency applied for university by January 2018, compared with 31 per cent in 2009.

Mr Berry said: ‘This is really encouraging news that shows the work of this Government to ensure more young people have the opportunity to make the most their talents is paying off.

"No-one’s opportunities in life should be determined by their background or circumstances. There is more to do, but with the proportion of disadvantaged 18-year-olds applying to university at record levels, we are making really important progress.’

"To enable all young people to choose the route that is right for them, the Government is also investing in apprenticeships and technical qualifications, so all of our youngsters are able to get on in life."