HUHNE MISSUS ‘WANTED REVENGE FOR AFFAIR’
New lover described as ‘your f***ing man’
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)