Huhne OK for Christmas light switch on

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Eastleigh residents will be heaving a sigh of relief with the news that Chris Huhne, Eastleigh’s popular MP, will still be available to switch on the Town’s Christmas lights next month after a judge postponed his trial on charges of perverting  the course of justice which were due to start this week.

Huhne along with his former wife Vicky Pryce are accused of dodging speeding penalty points – charges he has strongly denied.

He resigned his cabinet post as Energy Secretary in February in order to defend himself and on Monday it is understood his lawyers attempted to get the case dismissed.

After a week of legal arguments it has been decided by Justice Sweeny to postpone the trial to January 14 for legal reasons, but Eastleigh News cannot report on the nature of these legal reasons due to legal reasons.

The news will frustrate local opposition parties who have been gearing up for a possible by-election in case Huhne was found guilty and was forced to stand down as MP.

One local Conservative insider recently told Eastleigh News confidentially they thought  “It will all be over for Huhne in a couple of weeks” and  last Saturday saw campaigning activity in the town centre from Labour, Conservative and Ukip party activists– there have also been visits recently from the green Party leader Natalie Bennett and Tory big hitter and MEP Dan Hannan.

A postponement will give Ukip more time to consider whether or not to stand their leader Nigel Farage in a possible contest – a move which is seen as a threat to Conservative chances in what is a marginal seat.

Should the trial go against Huhne in the New Year and he is forced to stand down, a by-election May would be a strong possibility.

Huhne who usually comfortable in the media spotlight, has kept a low a low profile since his resignation to the extent that he did not even appear in a list compiled by The Daily Telegraph of  top 50 most influential Liberal Democrats – in past years he has been in the top five.

Despite being overlooked by his party and being written off by his rivals Mr Huhne has said by the New Statesman to believe he can “lead the Liberal democrats into a coalition government with labour” and online bookmaker Betfair still quote him at 4-1 as the next party leader.

  18 comments for “Huhne OK for Christmas light switch on

  1. Justice not vengence
    October 5, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Never mind lights we are stuck with a lame duck MP who wont stand up on local issues in case he upsets his lib dem pals on the council

  2. Thomas
    October 5, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    He’s a dick-head!

  3. Sniper
    October 5, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    With one bound he was free. Probably useful to have a very expensive top-notch QC, too.
    Now the Police Commissioner election won’t have the distraction of a by-election, so we can concentrate on the issues. Trebles all round – AND we get a real sleb to turn on the lights … what’s not to like?

  4. October 6, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Well, as Eastleigh News is not allowed to tell you the legal reasons, let me enlighten everyone.



    There you go, all clear now.

  5. Keith Louse
    October 6, 2012 at 10:56 am

    How long is Chis Abu Huhneza’s trial going to last? At the outset of this affair he state that he welcomed the police investigation as it would clear his name. He later stated that there was no case to answer to. The longer the legal wrangling go on the less true both of these statements sound.

  6. Peter Stewart
    October 6, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Huhne must surely be the most hated politician in Britain.

  7. October 6, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Ho Ho Ho…

  8. Suki
    October 6, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Let’s postpone the Christmas Lights til January.

    • October 7, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      As Norman Clegg famously once said in an episode of Last of the Summer Wine entitled CRUMS;

      “I’m looking forward to January 12th. Even Christmas should be over by then”…

      But whilst looking for the clip on YouTube, thinking about an evolution of that joke, I searched for “Clegg Christmas” and stumbled on this instead….!

  9. J Smith
    October 8, 2012 at 9:40 am

    What a prat! Does Nick Clegg really think that a pathetic, weak apology will be sufficient to win back LD voters. All the apology is saying is that the Lib Dems were idiots for making the pledge about tuition fees in the first place – nothing about lying to a whole generation. Chris Huhne visted local further education colleges promising to scrap fees, thus disenfranchising future voters.

    Nick Clegg doesn’t need a song on You Tube proving what an idiot he is – we all know already. LDs are a dying breed and here’s one ex supporter who will NEVER vote for them again.

  10. Stuart Jebbitt
    October 8, 2012 at 9:49 am

    What I can’t understand is why Huhne didn’t just take the points himself, it’s not as if he couldn’t have afforded to pay someone else to drive him or better still use public transport where possible. I can understand (but not condone)a spouse taking their partners points if it’s to save their job and the household income, and suspect many others have done this, but a millionaire doesn’t need to do this – very poor judgement. For the Christmas lights, how about Holly Valance (niece of Benny Hill).

  11. maureen
    October 8, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Wasn’t he already on 9 points and a ban before an election campaign would have been a bit inconvenient? I could be wrong – go check!

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      October 8, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      It was over a year before the 2004 euro election was due.
      At the time of the disputed driving offence Huhne was on 9 points and lost his licence for 3 months a short time after having been found guilty of using a mobile while driving his car (reg H11NE)

  12. Lochmaddy
    October 9, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    “After a week of legal arguments it has been decided by Justice Sweeny to postpone the trial to January 14 for legal reasons, but Eastleigh News cannot report on the nature of these legal reasons due to legal reasons.”
    … It’s like a newspaper saying it cannot disclose the nature of it’s editorial policy because it’s editorial policy is not to disclose it’s editorial policy. All I can see is darkness. I look forward to someone switching the lights on … and I think I have a sense of who should be invited to do it.

  13. Arthur Windup
    October 9, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I started thinking that this was a comedy article – with phrases such as “…heaving a sigh of relief with the news that Chris Huhne, Eastleigh’s popular MP…”.

    Then you confirmed my suspicions with “…Eastleigh News cannot report on the nature of these legal reasons due to legal reasons.”, which is pure Monty Python.

    Finally, and this one had me clutching my sides, “…online bookmaker Betfair still quote him at 4-1 as the next party leader.”

    Pure comedy genius. Well done.

  14. Billy Bongo
    October 11, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Popular?? Huhne’s as popular as a syphilitic pole cat with rabies.

    • Stephen Slominski
      October 11, 2012 at 9:10 pm

      Well 25,000 people here voted for him in 2010 – that’s a pretty big popularity test.
      At the time he likened the general election to ‘X-Factor’

      See here

      • Anne Romaine
        October 11, 2012 at 10:53 pm

        Not really a popularity test, more like people being conned into thinking a vote for the Lib Dems would keep the Tories out. Well that worked didn’t it!

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