Cops seize secret Huhne tape

Huhne 15 06 20111

Chris Huhne posing warily with a car last week in the knowledge that the shot will end up being used to illustrate another story about penalty points

Police investigating allegations that Eastleigh’s MP Chris Huhne pressurised his former wife into taking driving penalty points on his behalf in 2003 have won a court order to obtain a secret tape recording and signed statement from The Sunday Times which is said to implicate the Energy Secretary.

The Sunday Times has reported that at a private hearing last week a judge ordered the evidence to be given to the police.

According to the broadsheet the tape recording is of a conversation between Vicky Pryce and Mr Huhne in which she tells the MP she fears a police investigation saying:

“It’s one of the things that worried me when I took them – when you made me take the points in the first place”

It’s understood that when the estranged couple were interviewed separately the police Ms Pryce did not repeat the allegations she had previously made to The Sunday Times and Mr Huhne chose to remain silent – although he has strenuously denied any wrong doing publically.

The Sunday Times say they are considering whether to appeal against the order.

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Photo: Crown Copyright

  5 comments for “Cops seize secret Huhne tape

  1. maureen
    June 26, 2011 at 1:13 am

    I wish this could all be speeded up a bit. Any news on the expenses investigation?

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      June 26, 2011 at 1:20 am

      It does seem to be slowly heading towards an inevitable conclusion…

      No news on the expenses investigation – I believe thats not for a while yet.

      Don’t forget that the Police are also supposed to be investigating complaints over Lib Dem Cllr Keith Trenchard’s election leaflet.

      The Independents, who went to the Police, have still not heard anything.

  2. June 27, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    why is it taking this length of time? one could almost believe that delaying tactics were deliberately being employed, It is the same with the expenses scandal, Once proof has been established and i assumed it had for Chris Huhne and the ticket fine issue? then the rest is surely just admin. If it has not then should the media be discussing it before a court case? I believe the answer to that to be no, in which case Huhne should be charged as found , and the case heard as soon as possible to allow all concerned to move on ! so what is the problem that is taking so long to sort out?

  3. maureen
    June 29, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Innocent until proven guilty, most certainly – but if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck……………..

  4. June 30, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Innocent until proven guilty, most certainly – but if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck……………..

    …its probably Bill Oddie in fancy dress with a duck whistle…

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