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Should Ken Clarke resign over his rape-sentencing gaffe?

Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke faced continued pressure today after sparking uproar by suggesting some rapes are more serious than others.

Under pressure from 10 Downing Street, Mr Clarke was forced to tour the television studios to explain his remarks and insist that he regarded all rape as a serious crime.

Last night he also said “sorry” to a sexual assault victim who broke down in tears as she challenged him during a radio phone-in about his plans to halve jail terms in return for early guilty pleas.

But the apology failed to draw a line under the affair, with Labour continuing to question how he could remain in charge of justice policy for the coalition.