Lib Dem MP: Clegg's apology 'took courage'

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.