New lover de­scribed as ‘your f***ing man’

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By NEIL GOOD­WIN

LY­ING Chris Huhne’s ex-wife Vicky Pryce told the press she took his speed­ing points in a bid to de­stroy his ca­reer in re­venge for him leav­ing her for an­other woman, a court was told.

Former Lib Dem en­ergy sec­re­tary Huhne, 58, was clocked speed­ing in March 2003 and per­suaded Pryce to take his points to avoid los­ing his li­cence.

The news later emerged in news­pa­pers, spark­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the af­fair which Huhne had de­nied.

Pryce is cur­rently stand­ing trial ac­cused of per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice af­ter Huhne at last changed his plea to guilty, end­ing his ca­reer in pol­i­tics and leav­ing him fac­ing jail.

Pryce, 60, de­nies the charge, claim­ing Huhne per­suaded her to take the points.

The pros­e­cu­tor told the jury at South­wark Crown Court the story only came to light in 2011 when Pryce told sev­eral news­pa­pers in a bid to ruin her Huhne af­ter he left her for his former press ad­viser Ca­rina Trim­ing­ham.

The jury were read emails be­tween Pryce and the Sun­day Times po­lit­i­cal ed­i­tor in which they dis­cussed how the story could be pub­lished and end Huhne’s ca­reer.

They also heard four calls Pryce made to Huhne around April 2011, in an un­suc­cess­ful bid to get some proof for the story.

In one email ex­change Pryce was warned of the dan­ger of fac­ing crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings if she did re­veal that she took his penalty points.

She replied: “I would need some re­as­sur­ance that it would bring Chris down.”

Later she added: “I have no doubt, as I really want to nail him. More than ever ac­tu­ally, and I would love to do it soon.”

Dur­ing the phone calls Pryce tried to get her Huhne to ad­mit she had taken the points in 2003.

She also made sev­eral digs about Huhne’s new part­ner Ms Trim­ing­ham, de­scrib­ing her as “your f**king man”.

Huhne’s exit from Par­lia­ment sparks a by-elec­tion in the mar­ginal Eastleigh con­stituency that could test coali­tion re­la­tions to the limit.

How­ever, UKIP boss Nigel Farage has said he will not stand.

Pryce’s trial con­tin­ues.

AC­CUSED: Pryce ( right) ‘wanted to nail’ Huhne ( above with Trim­ing­ham)

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