Huhne resigns over speeding charge

Friday February 3rd, 2012

Liberal Democrat MP Chris Huhne has quit as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

The Minister is to be charged with preventing the course of justice and has decided to resign from the Cabinet, despite claiming his innocence. Both he and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce will face charges in relation to claims that she accepted speeding points for an incident when Mr Huhne was driving.

Media reports suggest that Business Minister Ed Davey will replace Mr Huhne, with Nick Clegg’s chief aide Norman Lamb taking on Mr Davey’s role.

Mr Huhne said: “The Crown Prosecution Service’s decision today is deeply regrettable. I am innocent of these charges and I intend to fight this in the courts and I am confident that a jury will agree. To avoid distraction to either my official duties or my trial defence, I am standing down and resigning as Energy and Climate Change Secretary. I will of course continue to serve my constituents in Eastleigh.”

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