Fresh speculation over Chris Huhne’s forthcoming trial on charges of perverting the course the justice over a speeding offence have emerged after the Daily Mail published a tweet from Lib Dem party insider Judge Laurence Brassee.
According to the Mail the asylum Judge reported that the Eastleigh MP had bragged to him that charges would be dropped next month:
‘Breaking news. Met ex-Energy Sec Chris Huhne in Commons, who confirmed that prosecution against him will be dropped next month.’
His Honour has since deleted the tweet.
So far in the Huhne case there have been a number of pre-trial hearings which have been subject to reporting restrictions.
In October Eastleigh News revealed how another member of judiciary who figures in the Huhne social circle – and who is an important witness in the case – had been arrested on unspecified charges.
The Judge in question, Constance Briscoe, had been said to have played a’ key role’ in the decision by the CPS to press charges against the couple
Mr Huhne’s trial had been listed for January 14 and although there has been a constant campaigning in the constituency in anticipation of a possible by-election a confident and smiling Mr Huhne showed no sign of pressure as he helped switch on the towns Christmas lights last month acknowledging the cheers and waves of the town’s loyal residents.
Last week Ukip leader Nigel Farage ended months of speculation and boosted Conservative prospects by telling BBC reporter Peter Henley that he would not contest the Eastleigh seat if Huhne was forced to resign – although Eastleigh Ukip recently told Eastleigh News they would not stand aside for the Conservatives
The Daily Mail says it was unable to get a comment from Huhne – hardly surprising since his partner lost a £250k harassment case against the newspaper last spring.
Twitter does not seem to sit well with Mr Huhne. An occasional tweeter he was previously caught out using it to brief a Guardian journalist against former cabinet colleague Theresa May.
Daily Mail story here
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