Reaction to Chris Huhne’s shock decision to plead guilty to perverting the course of justice over a 2003 speeding case and to quit as MP for Eastleigh has been rolling throughout the day.
Here’s two of Chris’s backbench colleagues on today’s events. First, Lib Dem MP for Wells, Tessa Munt, who praised his work as a “fantastic constituency MP”:
And Lib Dem president Tim Farron has written to party members this evening:
Shocked and saddened
Today’s news about Chris Huhne makes this a difficult day for Liberal Democrats everywhere.
Nick Clegg summed up how we are all feeling when he said he was “shocked and saddened”.
Leader of Eastleigh Council Keith House said, “It is very, very sad to learn of Chris’s resignation. He has been a hard-working MP for Eastleigh for the last eight years”.
This is clearly an extremely serious matter and the legal process must now be allowed to take its course.
At times like this, it’s important that we pull together and prepare for the by-election in Eastleigh that will follow soon.
I know that we will be up to the task – and I am confident and determined that we will win.
President of the Liberal Democrats
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