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Nick Clegg: Saying sorry was "right thing to do"

Nick Clegg has insisted he has no regrets over saying sorry for his party's tuition fee pledge, despite a spoof version riding high in a music download chart.

In a party political broadcast, due to be aired on Monday, the Sheffield Hallam MP apologised for promising not to vote for any rise in tuition fees. But a satirical website turned the recording into a spoof song which was released as a single last night and has been rising up the iTunes chart.

But speaking to a national newspaper, the Liberal Democrat Leader said it was inevitable that people would "sneer" and "mock" but defended the move as the "right thing to do". The Liberal Democrat Leader was speaking ahead of his party’s annual conference that begins in Brighton later today.

"Of course people are going to sneer, mock and say it is not good enough. I just genuinely thought what we did was wrong and I should apologise for it.I just hope that reasonable people - whether they have heard it to music or not - will think OK, fair enough, he's come clean.

– Nick Clegg MP, speaking to The Independent newspaper

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