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Former MP Chris Huhne 'moved to open prison'

Disgraced former MP Chris Huhne has been moved from to an open prison after spending seven days in Wandsworth Prison, according to The Sun.

The ex-Liberal Democrat Cabinet minister was jailed earlier this month after pleading guilty to perverting the course of justice for asking his wife to take speeding points for him in 2003.

Former Lib Dem MP Chris Huhne was jailed earlier this month.
Former Lib Dem MP Chris Huhne was jailed earlier this month. Credit: Jeff Moore/Jeff Moore/Empics Entertainment

The 58-year-old served his first week at HMP Wandsworth, in south London, but has now been moved to HMP Leyhill in Gloucestershire for the remainder of his eight month term, the report stated.

The Category D jail is described on the Ministry of Justice website as somewhere that prisoners can "assume more responsibility and benefit from opportunities to make decisions for themselves before returning to the outside community".

Attorney General rejects Huhne sentencing review call

The Attorney General has rejected the call by Conservative MP David Burrowes to appeal the sentences of Chris Huhne and Vicky Pryce for being unduly lenient:

The Tory MP David Burrowes, who qrote to Dominic Grieve has tweeted that he respects the decision:

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AG rejects call for review of Huhne/Pryce sentence http://t.co/xsSNTLp32b ..respect AG decision

Report: Huhne 'mocked' by officer on first day in jail

The disgraced former Cabinet minister Chris Huhne was allegedly mocked by a prison officer on his first day at Wandsworth jail, the Sun reports.

According to the newspaper, the officer announced on the Tannoy system: "The right honourable member for Wandsworth North — down to the office".

Chris Huhne outside Southwark Crown Court as he arrived to be sentenced earlier this week. Credit: Press Association

Fellow inmates are said to have reacted with laughter as Mr Huhne left his cell to pick up his morning meal.

The newspaper also reported that the Justice Ministry declined to say whether an inquiry would be launched into the alleged incident.

Mr Huhne was sentenced to an eight month jailed sentence along with his ex-wife Vicky Pryce for perverting the course of justice over a speeding points scandal.

Read: Tory MP wants an appeal over 'lenient' Huhne sentence

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Tory MP wants an appeal over 'lenient' Huhne sentence

A Conservative MP is to ask the Attorney General Dominic Grieve to appeal against the "unduly lenient" eight month jail sentences for Chris Huhne and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce, according to The Sun's Whitehall correspondent, Emily Ashton:

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Tory MP David Burrowes will today urge the Attorney General to appeal the Huhne and Pryce sentences for being "unduly lenient"

Lord Ashdown does not rule out Huhne comeback

Former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Ashdown has told ITV's The Agenda that although it was unlikely Chris Huhne, who was jailed for eight months today, would return to public life, it was not impossible.

Former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Ashdown. Credit: David Jones/PA Archive

He said: "I personally believe in redemption. You never say never in politics but if I ever said never about anything I'd say it about this. I don't think so.

"I don't say he can't ever comeback to public life provided that process of catharsis is gone through...my own view is that a period of silence rather than public statements might be a better course to follow but let's see what he says."

Watch The Agenda on ITV at 10.35pm

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