This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
Ex-cabinet minister Chris Huhne is facing jail sentence after he has admitted to pervert the course of justice over claims of convincing his then wife a decade ago to accept penalty points for over-speeding on her driving licence for him.
The Liberal Democrat MP, 58, changed his plea at the last minute at the opening day of his trial at Southwark Crown Court.
Mr. Huhne has announced outside court: “Having taken responsibility for something that happened 10 years ago, the only proper course of action for me is to resign my Eastleigh seat in Parliament, which I will do very shortly.”
Earlier in court, Mr. Huhne changed his plea to “Guilty” in connection to the charges related to a speeding fine issued in March 2003.
Mr. Justice Sweeney has told Mr. Huhne to “have no illusions whatsoever” about the type of sentence likely to be imposed on him. The maximum penalty for the offence is life imprisonment.
Mr. Huhne’s ex-wife, Vicky Pryce, 60, has pleaded not guilty over the same offence on the grounds of marital coercion.
Deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg was “shocked and saddened” by Huhne’s admission but said his former challenger for the Lib Dem party leadership had “taken the right decision in resigning as an MP”.
Prime Minister David Cameron’s spokesperson has declined to comment over former energy secretary’s resignation and said: “It is a matter for Mr. Huhne.”
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