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Nick Clegg looked to see off any threat to his leadership as he apologised for breaking a Liberal Democrat election promise to oppose any increase in university tuition fees.

Speaking before the Liberal Democrat Party Conference in Brighton, the Deputy Prime Minister said he was sorry his party had broken its pledge ahead of the 2010 general election to vote against a hike in fees for students.

His mea culpa came amid reports he had refused to use an opt-out clause in the Coalition Agreement whereby Liberal Democrat MPs would abstain in votes as the controversial legislation increasing fees to up to £9,000 a year made its way through the Commons.

Today we ask: Should political party leaders be allowed to go back on manifesto pledges?