Eastleigh’s MP Chris Huhne has faced another day of intense media speculation over his future following allegations that his former wife took penalty points for him – despite a televised denial and the public support of David Cameron and Nick Clegg.
Todays newspapers describe him as isolated and ‘hanging on by a thread’.
The Daily Mail reports his former wife Vicky Pryce as saying she is prepared to testify against him in court and several papers suggest there is evidence to show that Mrs Pryce was at a function in London at the time of the disputed offence.
Eastleigh News understands however that there is little or no paperwork to support a police investigation – records having been destroyed – and Mr Huhne’s defence will argue that the lack of paperwork and adverse media reports would mean Mr Huhne could not get a fair trial should charges be brought.
Whether or not this will satisfy the media pack remains to be seen.
Yesterday Mr Huhne was interviewed on the BBC news channel by Laura Kuenssberg.
In an unconvincing display the normally cool and relaxed MP appeared to be under stress and did not answer any of the questions directly as follows:
LK: Secretary of State, are you completely confident that Essex police will find nothing that will incriminate you?
CH: All I want to say is simply that these allegations are simply incorrect. They have been made before and they have been shown to be untrue. And I very much welcome the referral to the police as it will draw a line under the matter.
LK: If they are old allegations why are they still being made then?
CH: I don’t want to say any more than that. I think the police can get to the bottom of this.
LK: Did you ever ask anyone to take points on your behalf?
CH: (Mumbling) Thank you.
The speculation regarding Mr Huhne’s future has distracted attention away from what is a policy victory for him.
As Secretary for Climate Change he has beaten off a challenge from cabinet colleagues George Osborne and Vince Cable to lower emission targets in the new ‘Carbon Budget’ due to be presented by Mr Huhne today.
Uncharacteristically Mr Huhne – a politician who normally relishes the spotlight- is expected to present the government’s new climate strategy in the form of a written statement rather than in person.
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