Former Liberal Democrat party leader Nick Clegg, who served as Britain's Deputy Prime Minister from 2010 to 2015, remade the video to the Canadian singer's hit I Really Like You as a viral marketing stunt aimed at winning votes in last year's (15) British General Election.

The original video famously featured Hollywood superstar Tom Hanks wandering around the streets of New York miming the song and greeting strangers with high-fives.

To make his own version, Clegg spent several hours on the streets of the town of Gravesend, England recreating each shot with a film crew.

Despite spending nearly $10,277 (£7,800) on the video, party officials decided to block its release after deciding the footage, which contained no information about the party's policies, was not a good idea.

According to Britain's The Times newspaper, after Clegg had finished filming the ill-fated promotional clip, he told friends he had major regrets and thought, "Why the f**k did I do that?"

A party source told the paper, "On reflection it definitely would've gone viral, but probably not in the way we'd intended. Although I doubt it could've made the election result any worse."

Clegg's party lost nearly all of their 57 seats in the British parliament in the 2015 election, with only Clegg and seven other Liberal Democrats remaining as Members of Parliament after the votes were counted.