Eastleigh’s former MP Chris Huhne has been released from prison after serving just eight weeks of an eight month sentence.
Huhne, a former Secretary of State, will continue to serve his sentence under a ‘Home Detention Curfew” order though it would appear that home for Chris Huhne is in London – and not Eastleigh as he had maintained it was during his 2010 election campaign.
During the lengthy pre-trial period Mr Huhne had strongly protested his innocence and continued to represent the town in Parliament – even switching on the towns Christmas lights in the company of local Paralympian hero David Knot – but at the last minute changed to plea to guilty, admitting to channel 4 news that he had “lied and lied again”.
- Mr Huhne had told Eastleigh’s Labour voters that he would fight to prevent David Cameron from forming a government.
- He said he would oppose a rise a student tuition fees
- He claimed he would oppose rise in VAT labelling it ‘a regressive tax’
- He said he was opposed to nuclear power describing it as a “failed technology”
One Newtown resident 56, who had voted for Mr Huhne – and was too ashamed to reveal his identity – reacted angrily to the news:
“Chris Huhne lied and lied again. He should have got four years for all the lies he told.
“He cheated on his missus and cheated on the electorate.
“I thought I had voted for a conviction politician but sadly, in the end, it turned out the only convictions he had were the ones on his driving licence.”
Downfall: How Eastleigh News has seen Chris Huhne: