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Former Cabinet Minister to pay over £77,000 costs

Former Cabinet minister Chris Huhne has been ordered to pay £77,750 for the costs of his prosecution for passing speeding points to his ex-wife.

In a judgment handed down by Mr Justice Sweeney at Southwark Crown Court today, Huhne's ex-wife, economist Vicky Pryce, was ordered to pay £49,200.

Prosecutors had claimed more than £100,000 from Huhne, who pleaded guilty lastFebruary on the first day of his trial, after months of denials and protracted attempts to get the case against him thrown out.

Both he and Pryce, who was convicted by a jury, have served prison sentences for perverting the course of justice when she took speeding points for her then-husband in 2003.

Chris Huhne has been ordered to pay £77,750 in costs Credit: Jeff Moore/Jeff Moore/Empics Entertainment

Pryce tries to rebuild reputation

Vicky Pryce said she was "feeling just fine" at Parliament, after being convicted for swapping speeding points with ex-Eastleigh MP Chris Huhne.

The electronic tag she has to wear after being released from prison two months into her eight month sentence was not visible.

Ms Pryce, the former head of the economic government service, was at Westminster to give evidence to a House of Lords committee inquiry into the eurozone crisis.

When asked how it felt to be back in government, she said: "I'm feeling just fine, thank you very much."

She announced on her release that she would release a book on her experiences titled 'Prisonomics'.

In contrast, her ex-husband Chris Huhne resigned from the Cabinet and as a Liberal Democrat.

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Huhne costs court hearing postponed

A court hearing to decide how much former Eastleigh MP Chris Huhne and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce should pay for their points-swapping prosecution has been postponed to a date to be fixed.

The disgraced ex-Cabinet minister and his former wife are each serving eight months in prison for perverting the course of justice when she took three speeding points for him a decade ago.

Approximately £117,500 was spent by prosecutors pursuing the former couple, Attorney General Dominic Grieve has said.

Court to rule on Huhne case costs

Chris Huhne and Vicky Pryce Credit: PA

A court hearing is due to be held to decide how much former Cabinet minister and Eastleigh MP Chris Huhne and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce should pay for their points-swapping prosecution.

The disgraced MP and his former wife are each serving eight months in prison for perverting the course of justice when she took three speeding points for him a decade ago.

Approximately £117,500 was spent by prosecutors pursuing the former couple, Attorney General Dominic Grieve has said.

Huhne faces a hefty legal bill from the case - at his sentencing hearing, the court heard the CPS is pursuing £79,015 for the cost of his prosecution, plus an extra £31,000 incurred by his efforts to get the case thrown out.

The 58-year-old, who denied his guilt for two years, failed in attempts to get his case dismissed, only pleading guilty on the first day of trial.

The cost of prosecuting Pryce, who was convicted after a retrial when her defence of marital coercion failed, is said to have been £38,544.

A costs hearing for Huhne and Pryce will take place at Southwark Crown Court at 2pm.

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