Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has become a pop sensation after storming into the charts.

After two years of languishing in the political polls, the Liberal Democrat leader is enjoying some popularity - at least in the Apple iTunes chart.

The spoof song, which uses Mr Clegg's two-and-a-half-minute video apology over his party's pledge on tuition fees, went to number 39 in the iTunes chart, just a little more than 12 hours after its release.

It is unclear whether Mr Clegg, thought to be the first member of the Cabinet to have enjoyed a chart career while still holding a day job, will manage to outperform pop rivals such as The Script and Little Mix in the sales tally.

But he has already seen off stiff competition from Kanye West and is hot on Pink's heels.

Nick Clegg Says I'm Sorry (The Autotune Remix) song initially entered the Apple iTunes chart at 116, but sales quickly soared. The spoof was created by satirical website

A spokesman for the website said: "Nick Clegg has been very good-humoured about this.

"He has become the first politician in history to achieve a position in the pop charts for making an apology.

"The Poke is staggered by its success."

Mr Clegg gave permission for the single to be released and all profits will be given to Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust, of which his wife Miriam is a patron.