Huhne ex-wife pleads not guilty

Vicky Pryce, the estranged wife of the former energy secretary Chris Huhne, has pleaded not guilty to perverting the course of justice at Southwark Crown Court in London. Mr Huhne did not enter a plea, pending an application to dismiss the charge.

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Chris Huhne's former wife pleads not guilty

Chris Huhne and Vicky Pryce Credit: PA

Vicky Pryce has pleaded not guilty to a charge of perverting the course of justice by taking a speeding penalty for her former husband Chris Huhne.

She appeared at Southwark Crown Court alongside the former Cabinet minister for a plea and case management hearing. She intends to use the defence of marital coercion.

Huhne, from Dutton Lane, Eastleigh, and Pryce, from Crescent Grove, Clapham, south London, did not make eye contact with each other during the hearing.

Huhne and ex-wife to appear in court over speeding points allegations

Former energy secretary Chris Huhne and his ex-wife will appear in court today charged with perverting the course of justice.

Chris Huhne will appear in court today. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Huhne allegedly persuaded his former partner Vicky Pryce to take his penalty points for a speeding offence almost a decade ago.

The 57-year-old, who remains the Lib Dem MP for his home town of Eastleigh in Hampshire, stood down from the Cabinet to fight the claims he wrongly told investigators his wife was driving his car. The pair are due to appear at Southwark Crown Court for a plea and case management hearing.

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