Liberal Democrat MP Greg Mulholland has welcomed an apology from his party leader over his pledge to reduce tuition fees. Mr Mulholland was one of 21 Liberal Democrat MPs who defied party whips to vote against the rise in tuition fees in the Commons. He said:
I welcome Nick's apology for what was a mistake. This took courage and I hope people give him credit for saying that publicly.
Let's be clear that what we now have is basically a capped graduate tax, which is fairer and more progressive than Labour's upfront fees.
The real tragedy was failing to implement this properly, with no fees, which would have meant no breaking of the NUS pledge.
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A satrical site responsible for creating an auto-tune remix of the Deputy Prime Minister's tuition fees apology has responded after Nick Clegg granted them permission to release it as a single with the profits going to charity:
The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has allowed the satirical site the Poke to release an auto-tune musical version of his apology over his pledge to oppose an increase in student tuition fees after it went viral.
All proceeds will got the Sheffield Children's Hospital:
A number of parodies depicting the Deputy Prime Minister's apology over pledging to reduce tuition fees have emerged on YouTube. Among the videos include:
Senior Lib Dem sources have told The Sun political correspondent Craig Woodhouse they are "hopeful" the request from the satirical site The Poke to release their auto-tune remix of the Deputy Prime Minister's tuition fees apology:
A satrical site, which parodies current news and is responsible for creating an auto-tune remix of the Deputy Prime Minister's tuition fees apology, has asked to release the Lib Dems for permission to release the song as a single:
At the ITV News Facebook page, we have been asking you whether the Deputy Prime Minister's apology over tuition fee pledges, is an apology you can accept. Here are some of your views:
An apology this late into government, means very little. The liberal Democrats just blew their chances of ever being a government into the water. No trust will go their way for at least 20 years.
At least he has said sorry. Don't remember Labour saying sorry for virtually bankrupting the country.
Sorry is just a word. We want action....action to improve the economy not destroy it.
Education minister David Laws has said today that it would have "technically possible" to keep the tuition fees pledge but only if the Liberal Democrats had been governing on their own, after the Deputy Prime Minister issued an apology over the pledge.
Mr Laws told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that if the party had "ditched other key commitments" such as tax breaks for the low paid and support for disadvantaged pupils, then it would have been "possible".
He added that all Lib Dems bore a "collective responsibility" but denied it was a failure of leadership on Nick Clegg's part, pointing out that the party had to keep its pledges on a range of other "big and important issues".
Labour Deputy Party Leader Harriet Harman accused Nick Clegg of "crying crocodile tears", after the Deputy Prime Minister issued an apology over pledging to scrap tuition fees.
Ms Harman said in a short statement: "This was not just the small print of his manifesto, this was Nick Clegg's key election promise when he asked people to vote for his party. It is not good enough for him to just brush that promise aside.
"Instead of crying crocodile tears he should vote with Labour to bring these tuition fees down. If Nick Clegg does not back his words with action he is just weak and spineless."