Southwark Crown Court, London: Chris Huhne was accused of asking his wife to take penalty points, following a driving offence. Caught on a speed camera his now former wife insistd that Huhne put marital pressure to bear on her, insisting that she take the points. If he had held his hands up and accepted the points he may have lost his driving licence. Now he has lost a great deal more.
Huhne dramatically changed his plea Monday, at the start of the trial. He was due to be tried alongside his former wife Vicky Pryce. She will still face a trial but her defence is likely to be that Huhne 'forced her' to take the penalty points.
Mr Huhne had initially denied the charges. He had insisted that he was innocent and various MPS had offered support. As a senior liberal democrat minister, in the UK coalition, Huhne was once even tipped as a future leader of the Lib Dems. Today the judge warned he could be facing a jail term.
If that is what his offence warrants then so be it. MPS should lead by example and be treat in the same way as the rest of society.
His resignation now poses a problem for politicians, especially Nick Clegg. It will force a by-election in Huhne's constituency of Eastleigh. In February 2012 when the scandal broke he resigned from his ministerial post but continued as MP for Eastleigh.
Huhne resigned from the Cabinet on February 3, 2012, and resigned as MP for Eastleigh February 4, 2013.
The Tories will be hoping to gain political advantage, running a close second to the Lib Dems in the last election in Eastleigh. The result could however be a surprise to all.
The incident dates back to 2003. TEK reported in 2012, 'An acrimonious divorce from his wife, economist Vicky Pryce, directly led to this case. In an apparent fit of anger she claimed that Chris had asked someone to take his penalty speeding points, on his behalf.'
In the end when the proverbial hit the fan it splattered Vicky Price. Update on Huhne's sentence and his former wife will follow in due course,
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