Clegg admits Huhne scandal will impact election

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has admitted that the Chris Huhne speeding scandal will be an important issue influencing the Eastleigh by-election.

When asked if trust of the Lib Dems would be an issue, he replied:

It's undeniably an issue. That is why the by-election is taking place.

As I have said before I was very shocked and sad to see what happened, to see, frankly, that his whole family is engulfed in this in a very public way. You'd have to have a heart of stone not to think that is a pretty shocking and sad thing.

I took what Chris said at face value. He than rang me the night before he entered his guilty plea to tell me he was doing so. But I am not going to start providing a running commentary on events that happened. And of course the sentence has not even been handed down to him yet.

– Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg made the comments on Sky News' Sunday Live with Murnaghan.

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Eastleigh candidates announced

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