++ Chris Huhne pleads guilty to perverting the course of justice

chris_huhneDramatic news from the BBC:

Former cabinet minister Chris Huhne has pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice over claims his ex-wife Vicky Pryce took speeding points for him a decade ago.

The Lib Dem MP, 58, had originally pleaded not guilty to the charge at Southwark Crown Court.

BBC chief political correspondent Norman Smith said:

We can safely say that his political career is over.

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17 Comments

  • Well, well.

  • Words fail me

  • Old Codger Chris 4th Feb '13 - 11:19am

    I guess if it hadn’t been for voting papers caught up in the Christmas post, Huhne would have been Deputy PM. A narrow escape.

  • Well, simply put the distance the party needs to put between Huhne and itself is about the size of the Atlantic ocean.

    In additional to being illegal, there is nothing to defend in his actions. They were selfish, shameful and above abused the trust of his constituents. It may hurt the party in the short term, but we should withdraw the whip and call for his to resign his seat without delay.

  • Unfortunately this probably means another Tory MP being elected to Westminster increasing their majority.

    It was extremely foolish of Huhne not to have admitted the offence when it first emerged, he would have probably received a heavy fine and a driving ban. But by dragging this out and proclaiming innocence it’s cost him his reputation, career and probably a custodial sentence.
    And it’s cost the party a seat it has held since 1994 and the county another awful Conservative MP

  • Hope he avoids a prison sentence; there but for the grace of God go a lot of people. Be a difficult by-election for you, I suspect a poor result is the best you can hope for.

  • He has already said in his statement that he will be resigning.

  • Andrew Tennant 4th Feb '13 - 11:59am

    That’s former Home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne facing the real possibility of prison then.

    Let’s hope he can use the time constructively – perhaps prison reform policy development?

  • The worst thing is how he lied and lied and lied.

  • On Daily Politics James Landsdale just called Huhne ‘a carnivore amongst a party of herbivores’ . Spot on.

  • And has now reportedly resigned as Member for Eastleigh. A custodial sentence awaits. Oh what a tangled web…

  • Had Huhne “coughed” to the charge earlier then the waste of public money could have been averted. Disgusting and disgraceful behaviour of a serving MP (at the time of his denials to the charges both in court and in the media) but sadly typical these days of career politicians.

    Huhne’s dishonesty harms the public perception of British politics more than is already the case and is where the most damage will be done in the longer term for politics in general.

  • The worst thing about this is that he had so many supporting him by continuing to attempt to escape justice. You only need to look back on this site where many, myself included, were stating he shouldn’t resign as he was innocent until proven guilty.

    It’s yet another honesty issue that will be used against the Lib Dems at election time, however unfair that may be on otehrs…

  • There but for the grace of God go many of his fellow citizens. Prison is inevitable but not a sensible punishment for stale white collar crimes when the individuals concerned are no longer a danger to society, as evidenced by the unconditional bail. What’s wrong with making such individuals do community service, payback and pay a large fine? It’s humiliating, does some good, and saves the taxpayer money.

  • @Paul K

    “Prison is inevitable but not a sensible punishment for stale white collar crimes when the individuals concerned are no longer a danger to society, as evidenced by the unconditional bail.”

    Are you serious? The man tried to Pervert the course of Justice. Are stale “blue collar” more worthy of a severe penalty. What on earth are you thinking on a Lib Dem site of all places? Incredulous…

  • Ed Shepherd 4th Feb '13 - 9:33pm

    He could have confessed at any time and saved thousands of pounds of taxpayers money. He would also have stopped his family, friends and constituents from feeling like duped fools. I have no sympathy for him.

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