Vicky Pryce, the ex-wife of former cabinet minister Chris Huhne, has been found guilty of perverting the course of justice. A jury rejected her claim that he had forced her to take his speeding points. Their conclusion was that she did it willingly.
Pryce and Huhne have been warned they both face jail. ITV News correspondent Romilly Weeks reports from Southwark Crown Court:
Vince Cable has just run away from me. He wouldn't stop to answer questions about Vicky Pryce.
In an email sent to Sunday Times political editor Isabel Oakeshott, discussing the points swapping issue, Vicky Pryce wrote: "I have no doubt as I definitely want to nail him [Chris Huhne]. More than ever actually and would love to do it soon.”
Liberal Democrats deputy leader Simon Hughes has said the conviction of Vicky Pryce was "very sad" and it was clear from the trial that the case was a "marital issue" and not a "party political one".
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said in a statement that Chris Huhne "made sustained challenges against the prosecution before pleading guilty at the last minute".
– Malcolm McHaffie, CPS deputy head of special crime
Perverting the course of justice is a serious matter and the system relies on people being truthful to police. It is important that everyone should act within the law – whoever they are.
Chris Huhne made sustained challenges against the prosecution before pleading guilty at the last minute. This was expensive for the CPS and we will be applying for costs.
I would like to thank my prosecution team for the professional way that they have dealt with this case throughout.
Robert Brown, the solicitor of Vicky Pryce has given a statement following his client's conviction.
Speaking outside Southwark Crown Court he said Ms Pryce was "very disappointed" with the guilty verdict. On her behalf, he also thanked those who had supported her through the "difficult period", including her children, friends and colleagues.
Earlier the former wife of Chris Huhne was found guilty of perverting the course of justice for taking his speeding points a decade ago.
A number of denials have been issued over who had prior knowledge of the Vicky Pryce speeding points story. Vicky Pryce, the ex-wife of former Cabinet minister Chris Huhne, was found guilty of perverting the course of justice by taking his speeding points.
The jury in the retrial of Vicky Pryce was shown emails between Pryce and Sunday Times political editor Isabel Oakeshott in which Pryce writes she had discussed points swapping with Vince Cable and his wife.
In an email to Isabel Oakeshott on April 9, Vicky Pryce wrote:
"Actually I had told Vince and Rachel about points before when the three of us were having supper about a month ago - they were horrified at the time but VC has probably forgotten it by now. He was v tired that night."
Miriam Gonzalez, the wife of Nick Clegg, has said she had no prior knowledge of the Vicky Pryce speeding points story.
In a statement, she said: "I have never ever been told by Vicky or anybody else about the traffic points story. I got to know about this when everybody else did."