Confusion over Huhne case files

Chris Huhne at retrofit conference

Chris Huhne at recent retrofit conference

There was confusion yesterday regarding the progress of an investigation into allegations of speeding against the towns under fire MP Chris Huhne.

Vicky Pryce, the Secretary of Sates former wife alleged in the Sunday Times a month ago that in 2003 Mr Huhne, then an MEP, had pressured her into taking his speeding points – something the MP has empathetically denied.

Yesterday morning the BBC broke a story claiming that Essex police who were investigating the incident, had passed the file to the Crown Prosecution service.

The majority of newspapers, including the Guardian and the Daily Mail ran the Press Association story which claimed the CPS had received a file of ‘Initial papers’ from Essex police on Thursday.

However yesterday shortly after the story broke, Essex police issued a statement flatly contradicting the report saying:

“Essex Police can confirm it has not submitted a file to the Crown Prosecution Service in connection with investigations into a speeding offence in 2003.”

“The investigation continues and no file has been submitted.”

This statement does not yet appear to have been picked up by the mainstream media.

Meanwhile the Electoral Commission is continuing to look into allegations brought by the Sunlight Centre for Open Politics that Mr Huhne’s election expenses were misreported. – This is likely to take until September.

Since the allegations have started Mr. Huhne has kept a low media profile other than appearances in connection with his duties as an MP and Energy Secretary.

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