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Chris Huhne's ex wife Vicky Price continues to give evidence accused of perverting the course of justice
5:55am Friday 8th February 2013 in Politics
The ex-wife of former Eastleigh MP Chris Huhne will continue giving evidence at her trial for perverting the course of justice today.
Vicky Pryce yesterday claimed the disgraced politician bullied her into taking speeding points for him in 2003, as well as alleging that he once pressured her into having an abortion.
Pryce, 60, denies the charge, using a defence of marital coercion.
Her ex-husband resigned as an MP on Monday after pleading guilty to getting her to take the points.
Mother-of-five Pryce yesterday told Southwark Crown Court that when she fell pregnant accidentally in 1990 Huhne insisted she have an abortion, saying it was ''bad timing, bad financially, bad for his career''.
She told the court he previously pressured her into taking his speeding points so he could avoid losing his licence during his bid to be nominated as the prospective parliamentary candidate for Eastleigh.
Athens-born Pryce said that after Huhne's BMW was clocked speeding in March 2003, he nominated her as the driver and when a form arrived, Huhne forced her to sign it.
''I had been worn down over a period of time and it looked to me like it was the only thing I could possibly do,'' she said.
The economist, of Crescent Grove, Clapham, south London, said that some time after the offence she confided in friend Constance Briscoe, a part-time judge, about it.
Pryce told jurors her 26-year marriage to Huhne ended in 2010 after he admitted to an affair with PR adviser Carina Trimingham.
With exposure by a newspaper imminent, he confessed, drafted a press statement, then left for the gym, she said.
Just months later, Pryce met Sunday Times political editor Isabel Oakeshott at the Liberal Democrat party conference and at lunch with her on March 1 2011 revealed she had been pressured into taking Huhne's points in 2003.
The pair planned to run the story after Pryce voiced her desire to ''nail'' her ex-husband, but she said she was anxious to avoid prosecution herself.
''Vicky was a very, very hurt woman and she was quite clear that she felt that Chris... did not deserve to be in the position of immense responsibility that he had at that time,'' Ms Oakeshott said.
''I think she felt the voters ought to know the true character of her husband.''
Ms Oakeshott said ''broken woman'' Pryce seemed ''constantly on the verge of tears'' and her appearance of a ''tough, successful, professional woman wearing a suit and high heels'' was ''armour''.
The story, published on May 8 2011 in the Sunday Times and the Mail on Sunday, caused a media storm and led to a police investigation and the former couple being charged.
Pryce said she was eager for her ex husband's true character to come out.
''He had a very serious position in Cabinet and somehow I felt people didn't know what he really was like,'' she said.
The court was also played tapes of phone calls between the couple discussing the speeding points.
- To listen to the phone calls between Huhne and Pryce click here
- To read how the drama unfolded in court yesterday click here