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Vicky Pryce issues statement following prison release

Vicky Pryce's lawyer Robert Brown has read a statement to waiting reporters on behalf of the mother-of-five, following her release from prison.

He said: "Vicky Pryce is very pleased to be home and back with her family. She is grateful for all the support she has received from everyone whilst in prison, including her fellow residents and prison staff.

Vicky Pryce returns to her home in Clapham, London. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire/Press Association Images.

"She now intends to spend time with her family and looks forward to returning to her career as an economist."

Pryce, who will have to wear an electronic tag, has ideas to write about the economics of the criminal justice system, combining her economic expertise with her experience behind bars, but has not so far written a book on it, according to Mr Brown.

The Greek-born economist was jailed after being convicted of perverting the course of justice after a retrial at Southwark Crown Court.

During her trials, the court heard she had revealed the speeding points scandal to newspapers in 2011 in a bid to "nail" her ex-husband, who had left her the previous year for PR adviser Carina Trimingham.

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Aitken: 'Coming out of prison is harder than going in'

Disgraced former MP Chris Huhne has been released from prison after serving eight weeks of an eight-month sentence for perverting the course of justice.

Huhne was the first former cabinet minister to be jailed since Tory MP Jonathan Aitken in 1999. Speaking to Daybreak, Mr Aitken said:

"I think that a political career is the least likely future for him but it will take a little time to settle down, I often say coming out of prison is harder than going into prison.

"You have to get your orientation points right, you have to find out who your real friends are, you have to start looking for a job and it's all a bit disorientating."

Vicky Pryce leaves prison with lawyer via back exit

Vicky Pryce, 60, emerged from East Sutton Park Prison near Maidstone, Kent, via a back exit.

The mother-of-five was driven away with her lawyer Robert Brown, pursued by press photographers who been camped outside the Category D open jail for women and young offenders.

The ex-wife of former Cabinet minister Chris Huhne's has served around a quarter of an eight-month sentence for taking speeding points for him.

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Huhne and Pryce to wear electronic tags on release

An example of an electronic tag worn by an offender on early release. Credit: PA

For sentences under a year, an offender is automatically released after serving half their sentence.

In addition, offenders serving sentences of between three months and four years, with certain exceptions for violent and sexual offenders, may also be eligible for release on a home detention curfew (HDC).

This allows an offender to be released up to 135 days before their automatic release date.Electronic tagging is used to enforce either a timed curfew or a place of residence.

Both Huhne and Pryce are expected to return to their separate homes in London.

Huhne and Pryce expected to be released from prison

Pryce, left, and Huhne will have served eight weeks in jail each. Credit: PA

Disgraced former MP Chris Huhne and his wife Vicky Pryce are expected to be released from prison today.

They both began eight-month sentences eight weeks ago after being convicted of perverting the course of justice.

Pryce took three speeding points for Huhne a decade ago. The former energy secretary, who denied his guilt for two years, failed in attempts to get his case dismissed, only pleading guilty on the first day of trial while economist Pryce, 60, was convicted after a retrial.

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