LiveVicky Pryce trial - day 3

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  • Trial of former Eastleigh MP's wife continues for third day
  • Vicky Pryce denies perverting the course of justice
  • She claims she took Chris Huhne's points because of marital coercion.
  • No comments allowed due to legal issues


An emotional hour of evidence has come to an end here at Southwark Crown Court and Justice Sweeney adjourns the trial until Monday morning.


Tells the court he first met Pryce at KPMG describing her as "such a good colleague" and "such a supportive person".


Pryce's cross examination is over and she returns to the dock and her defence team call her work colleague Michael Littlechild to the witness box.


On family life, Pryce tells jurors: "I had to keep the show on the road with a husband who was never there."


Pryce being asked about a second unplanned pregnancy. She tells the court she was due to have an abortion but decided not to have the procedure on the morning it had been scheduled and ended up keeping the baby.

"I had learned from the previous one how unhappy I would have been," she tells the jurors.


She pours a glass of water as she listens to questions about the ordeal.


Pryce again in tears as she is cross examined over her abortion in 1990.


She continued: "What I'm talking about is that my career always took second billing, if that is the right expression, in the marriage."


Pryce on her marriage to Huhne: "Mr Huhne is somebody who wanted to achieve his aims and nothing would come in his way for doing so and his aims were mainly political or financial depending on the part of his life."


Crown asks whether Pryce has any political aspirations herself.

She said that in the past there had been "discussions" over whether she could become more involved within the Liberal Democrat party.

But she added: "I have done nothing about it since the break up of the marriage."


Pryce being cross examined over email correspondence she had with Sunday Times journalist including the comment that she wanted to "nail" her former husband.


Pryce asked when she first learned about the law in relation to marital coercion.
She told the court it was in discussion with her lawyers and after a police investigation.

She said: "I did not know the term 'marital coercion' but I certainly knew that having had no choice in what I did was a mitigating factor in my favour."


There is a pause in proceedings for more legal arguments.


Pryce reveals to court how she launched Huhne's clothes out of the door following stories that appeared in a newspaper after the Lib Dem conference in 2010.


Pryce walking once again to the witness box and jurors have taken their seats.

Daily Echo: Vicky Pryce leaves Southwark Crown Court in central London


Court reconvenes after lunch. There will be a delay for legal submissions before proceedings start this afternoon.


Pryce, clutching a pack of tissues, returns to the dock as the morning's proceedings come to an end.


Pryce: "One of my strongest memories with this whole sad affair is him (Huhne) sitting at the hall room table with loads of paper around and the form and being made to sign. So I'm afraid it is absolutely true."


Pryce tells court the points swapping incident in 2003 was the "main area of argument in our household."

"I brought it up again and again because I was so disgusted by the whole process."


Asking about the impact of a possible driving ban for Huhne in 2003, Edis asks: "Actually for wealthy people like you two, this was not a problem was it - it was a nuisance."

Pryce: "It was not so much a nuisance, it was (about) the image."


Asked whether Chris Huhne had been a "very wealthy man indeed" in 2003 Pryce says: "He was reasonably wealthy, although for most of our life together I was earning more than he was."


Pryce tells court: "For me family has always come first."

Andrew Edis QC asks: "This whole catastrophe for your family has been caused by you putting this in the paper hasn't it? Your family comes first does it?"

And Pryce answered: "My family does come first."


Pryce now being cross examined by prosecutor Andrew Edis QC.


Pryce tells jurors she reacted with "incredulity" when Huhne denied the points swapping incident during taped telephone calls.

She said: "He was trying to suggest that I did not know what I was talking about, that I was making things up and that I was talking nonsense and therefore there was something wrong with me rather than anything wrong with what he was saying."


Pryce tells court she went "in to hiding from the Sunday Times" and did not respond to contact from the paper.


Describing the moment she saw speeding points story on the front of the Sunday Times, she told the court: "It was a bit shocking and horrifying and I started worrying significantly about the whole process that led to this article - so in many ways I just wanted to turn the clock back and not having had anything to do with it.


Pryce says of the meeting: "What I did tell was that it I had no knowledge that I had been nominated as the driver and when I realised I had been nominated I blew up and was very, very upset. In the end I had no choice but to sign the form."


Pryce recalling lunch meeting she had had with Sunday Times journalist Isabel Oakeshott who gave evidence yesterday.


We are nearly underway now. Mr Justice Sweeney has taken his seat and Vicky Pryce is walking to the witness box wearing a dark grey jacket and matching skirt.


The wait for proceedings goes on at Southwark Crown Court. The jury was told yesterday to arrive at 10am and that they would be given some material to read before the trial got underway again.


Good morning from Southwark Crown Court as the trial of Vicky Pryce moves into its third day.

Last night Mr Justice Sweeney said proceedings would get underway as soon after 10.30am as possible.

Pryce's barrister Julian Knowles has just arrived at court three where the usual long queue of reporters and members of the public have already assembled.

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