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The ex-wife of Chris Huhne, Vicky Pryce, has been jailed for eight months for perverting the course of justice.
Former cabinet minister and Lib Dem MP for Eastleigh Chris Huhne has been jailed for eight months for perverting the course of justice.
Former cabinet minister Chris Huhne and his ex-wife, Vicky Pryce, will be sentenced at 4.30pm for perverting the course of justice.
The former MP for Eastleigh will learn his fate shortly after 2pm. His ex-wife, Vicky Pryce, will learn hers too. There seems no doubt they will both go to jail.
They were once one of Westminster's most glittering power couples - he was a rising star in the Lib Dems, she was one of the country's top economists. They have both been brought down by a speeding offence and a pack of lies.
In a sure sign that the political wheel keeps turning, as they head off to prison Mike Thornton, Huhne's successor as Eastleigh MP will be in the Commons making his maiden speech.
And Huhne and Pryce will be wishing the Lib Dems had won the last general election. Because they were promising to abolish short prison sentences and replace them with community service... a policy put forward in 2010 by their home affairs spokesman - yes, you've guessed it, Chris Huhne.
Isabel Oakeshott, the political editor of The Sunday Times who worked with Vicky Pryce to expose her taking of Chris Huhne’s speeding points, has said she “really doesn't feel responsible for what has happened to her”.
Oakeshott told Daybreak: “I really don’t feel responsible for what has happened to her.
"Remember where this story started - it started with Chris Huhne walking out on his family after 26 years of marriage.”
She added: “For me it was, at the beginning, a political story – that’s why I was pursuing it.
"It was about a cabinet minister who had apparently committed a criminal offence.”
Perverting the course of justice carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, although the average sentence is around 10 months.
Both 58-year-old Chris Huhne and economist Vicky Pryce, 60, have been warned to be under no illusion about what punishment they face.
Disgraced MP Chris Huhne and his ex-wife, Vicky Pryce, are due to be sentenced today.
The former couple are both facing jail terms at a hearing at Southwark Crown Court at 2pm.
Pryce was found guilty by a jury last week of perverting the course of justice by taking speeding points for Huhne in 2003.
The former energy secretary had already pleaded guilty to the charge.