June 14, 2011

Police talking to Huhne

POLICE probing claims that Cabinet minister Chris Huhne dodged a motoring offence have met with prosecutors to decide how to proceed with the case, it was revealed last night.

The Crown Prosecution Service confirmed that a representative had “given advice” to Essex Police investigators on Friday.

The Energy Secretary was accused of persuading ex-wife Vicky Pryce to take penalty points for speeding on his behalf in 2003.

Images of her driving licence apparently show that she received points for an offence on the M11 motorway that March 12.

Later she alleged 56-year-old Mr Huhne was at the wheel on the date in question.

Both parties were interviewed under oath last month.

They reportedly gave “terse” replies.

It is unclear if Ms Pryce, 57, repeated the allegation. To do so could incriminate her too, say legal experts.

The Lib Dem minister, whose affair with bisexual media consultant Carina Trimingham, 44, ended his 27-year marriage last year, denies any wrongdoing.

The Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer is likely to decide on any move to press charges.

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