Former cabinet minister Chris Huhne has said he will resign as an MP, after he pleaded guilty to to perverting the course of justice.
Huhne admitted charges against him over claims his ex-wife Vicky Pryce took speeding points for him a decade ago.
Aides to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg told the BBC he was “shocked and saddened” by the Lib Dem MP’s conduct.
A by-election is now expected in his seat of Eastleigh in Hampshire, where he has a majority of nearly 4,000.
The prime minister’s official spokesman declined to comment on the former minister’s resignation, saying only: “It is a matter for Mr Huhne.”
He telephoned Mr Clegg last night to tell him of his decision to plead guilty and to stand down from Parliament.
In a statement outside court following his guilty plea, Huhne said: “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 shortly.”
Constituency party officials in the seat are expected to make a statement later today.
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