Police press for Huhne charges

Chris Huhne and Police

Police are urging prosecutors to bring proceedings against Eastleigh’s MP Chris Huhne and his former wife Vicky Pryce according to The Times.

The newspaper claims that Essex police believe they have enough evidence to charge the Cabinet Minister with speeding and perverting the course of justice and that his ex wife should also face the latter charge.

Earlier this year Ms Pryce had told The Times she had accepted speeding points on Mr Huhne’s behalf in 2003 – an allegation he has strongly denied.

The newspaper says that key evidence includes text messages the police found on a mobile phone belonging to one of the MPs sons which they claim indicate a conspiracy.

However the CPS has told the police they must produce more evidence – specifically the emails which had passed between The Times and Ms Pryce which it is believed contain the original allegations.

The Times have so far refused to produce these and are challenging the Police production order with a Judicial Review die to be heard in January.

Mr Huhne has said he expects any investigation to exonerate him and that he would not resign his post if charged.

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  17 comments for “Police press for Huhne charges

  1. December 24, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Tis the season to be jolly…..

    Merry Christmas everyone.

    Perhaps Santa will bring us a bye election..!!

  2. maureen
    December 24, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    ..or even a BY-ELECTION.

  3. maureen
    December 24, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Can someone tell me why can’t the newspaper be done for obstructing the police? Can’t the police get a warrant to shut down their systems while they locate the evidence?

  4. Peter Stewart
    December 24, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    As England falls under the EU jackboot and our ancient human rights are ruthlessly trampled underfoot by the Continental corpus juris, be careful not to become the unwitting instruments of its tyranny!

    Put aside your personal views about Mr Huhne! Under English law he is INNOCENT until such time as a COURT OF LAW (and ONLY a Court of Law) may produce REASONABLE EVIDENCE for a jury to convict him.

  5. Peter Stewart
    December 24, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Can someone tell me why can’t the newspaper be done for obstructing the police? Can’t the police get a warrant to shut down their systems while they locate the evidence?

    Because thankfully this is not yet an EU police State!

  6. December 24, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Pete I think you’ll find Mr Huhne is a staunch advocate of EU integration.

    Mr Huhne has protested his innocence from the start and I for one believe him.

    Only the vilest piece of shit could stand up and take the piss out of the Police force and Eastleigh voters by maintaining a charade of innocence simply to cling onto power.

    I don’t want to think of the person I trusted in those terms as it reflects badly on my judgement.

    It’s clear to me if Ms Pryce says Mr Huhne forced her to take points on his behalf then she must be the liar.

    Justice delayed is justice denied. We can’t go on with a question mark over the integrity of our MP.It is unfair on Mr Huhne and it is unfair on the voters of Eastleigh – we demand this matter is brought to a swift conclusion.

  7. Peter Stewart
    December 24, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Stephen, Yes I certainly understand Chris Huhne’s pro-EU credentials. That said, believe it or not, I can understand why someone might believe the EU is a good thing (albeit a very misplaced belief).

    I am also well aware that Chris Huhne wrote a book lauding the Euro. Well I guess we all make mistakes. The fact that the Euro and the whole EU project indeed is collapsing under its own disastrous weight is evidence that I was right and Chris Huhne was wrong.

    That said, I think it is important that readers on Eastleigh News recognize the presumption of innocence!

    I agree, this should be concluded ASAP.

  8. December 24, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    It will be interesting to see how this unfolds in the New Year.

  9. December 24, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    When you have had an Essex Police spokesman on national TV stating that the evidence that they have gathered and presented to the CPS indicates that leagal proceedings should be undertaken, and that Essex Police could not understand why proceedings had not been put in motion, one has to ask questions.

    If indeed you or me were at the centre of such an inquiry, we can be quite sure that the matter would have been dealt with long before now.

    This matter begs the question, why has it not been settled?

    The only sure way to settle this matter is for the evidence to be presented in a court of law to be dealt with fairly. We presume that Mr Huhne may indeed be innocent, in which case, he deserves to have the matter concluded.

    The people of Eastleigh deserve to know what is happening to thier MP.

  10. Peter Stewart
    December 25, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    John, the police may BELIEVE they have evidence which justifies a trial, but we should remember the unfortunate Barry George, wrongfully convicted for the murder of Jill Dando, because of a microscopic speck of brass dust apparently found in his pocket. Clearly the police thought this evidence justified his prosecution. Frankly I am staggered he was ever convicted. I thought he was a fall guy for a blatant assassination (I dare not suggest the motive here), just a harmless nutter in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    At the end of the day, we must rely on the CPS to decide whether there is sufficient evidence to justify a trial. Meanwhile, Huhne is innocent.

    • December 26, 2011 at 9:09 pm

      The trouble is Peter, that this process is taking an inodrdinate amount of time to resolve.

      This matter should be put to bed once and for all.In my opinion, justice needs to be seen to be done, even if no further action is to be taken. The Home Secretary should intervene and put him and the public out of our misery.

  11. rigel
    January 2, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    hey guys,

    He must be innocent , if an MP would lie over such a trivial matter he would be an idiot – speeding is not a crime , if he owned up , even now, he would look better to the electorate.

    Maureen – problem with doing the Times for obstructing justice is that they broke the story , so the police wouldn’t know anything about it if they hadn’t have published it so they must be helping justice ? The police would have to get a ‘subpoena’ then if they refused perhaps take action but they don’t have to disclose anything if they don’t want to. Mr Huhne is obstructing justice if he lied on a document to dodge the points !

    Peter S – I know where you are coming from with the anti EU stuff but rights cannot be trampled , or lost, they are rights and thus a-lien-able, only privileges could be removed by a state (those the state granted) rights are given by God, so relax.

  12. January 2, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Did someone mention ‘god given rights’???


  13. Al Featherstonehawe
    January 13, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Can we please get rid of this embarrassing clown?

  14. Peter Stewart
    January 13, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Looks like a man lost or maybe he does not really believe what he was saying about rights. Maybe it was all a wind up for comic effect.

  15. Peter Stewart
    January 13, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Terentius Afer warned the ancients when he said: He who does not learn the lessons of history is condemned to relive it. They did not listen.

    Consequently most of our ancient rights are written in BLOOD … the BLOOD which 800 years of circular, repeating history demands must stain the battlefields of Britain for the sole purpose of clarifying our rights. Again we did not listen.

    In 1972, for the first time in our history, a British (CONSERVATIVE) government, led by one Edward Heath (who was, according to Christopher Story, a lifelong blackmailed and paid agent for the German Secret Service “Deutsche Versicherungsdienst”) surrendered the governance of Britain to a foreign power (then calling itself the European Economic Community).

    Since then, our ancient rights have been systematically destroyed by our historical enemies.

    Now, 38 years on, we find ourselves facing bloody rebellion again, as history demands must happen if our rights are destroyed!

    Gone is the right to protect our borders. Gone is the right to manufacture our own goods. Gone are the rights to trial by jury, habeas corpus, freedom from extradition without good evidence. Gone is the right not to be tried twice for the same crime, and gone is the right to silence.

    Are there any among you who would now wish to see the right to a presumption of innocence destroyed too? If so, speak now or forever hold your peace.

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