Trial resumes of former MP's ex wife for lying over speeding points

Daily Echo: Trial resumes of former MP's ex wife for lying over speeding points Trial resumes of former MP's ex wife for lying over speeding points

The trial of Chris Huhne's ex-wife for lying over speeding points will continue today.

Vicky Pryce is accused of perverting the course of justice by taking Huhne's points in 2003.

The former Cabinet minister finally admitted the offence last Monday at Southwark Crown Court, ending his political career and sparking a by-election in Eastleigh.

Pryce denies the charge, saying although she took the points her then husband pressurised her into doing so.

Southwark Crown Court has heard how the economist revealed the scandal to the press in a bid to ''nail'' Huhne, 58, after he left her for PR adviser Carina Trimingham in June 2010.

Pryce claimed she wanted people to know the truth about the former Energy Secretary, but said she wanted to ''turn the clock back'' when the story hit the headlines.

The 60-year-old, from Crescent Grove, Clapham, south London, has claimed Huhne twice demanded that she terminate pregnancies because of the effect on his career.

After she fell pregnant accidentally in 1990, she said she had an abortion at his behest, but resisted the same pressure two years later and gave birth to their youngest child.

Pryce, who was helped in her newspaper dealings by friend, lawyer and part-time judge Constance Briscoe, denied accusations by the prosecution that she waged a six-month press campaign against her ex.

She said she wanted to expose Huhne's wrongdoing, not ruin his career, adding: ''If I really wanted to inflict fatal damage on him I could have done something very, very different.''

The court has heard glowing testimonials about Pryce from several high-profile figures, including Sir John Scarlett, former head of MI6.

Pryce denies perverting the course of justice and the case at Southwark Crown Court in London will continue at 10am today.

Follow the trial live here at dailyecho.co.uk

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7:43am Mon 11 Feb 13

solomum says...

I fail to see what bearing the abortion has on this case, but that appears to be a big focus point for this story. If what she is saying is true, then Mr Huhne is a nasty bully, but that does not take away from the fact that Ms Pryce herself broke the law by taking his points. Life always comes with choices and she made a wrong one. By revealing this to cause damage to Mr Huhne when he cheated on her, she has opened herself up to taking the consequences for her actions. A lesson here that wreaking revenge on someone can backfire.
I fail to see what bearing the abortion has on this case, but that appears to be a big focus point for this story. If what she is saying is true, then Mr Huhne is a nasty bully, but that does not take away from the fact that Ms Pryce herself broke the law by taking his points. Life always comes with choices and she made a wrong one. By revealing this to cause damage to Mr Huhne when he cheated on her, she has opened herself up to taking the consequences for her actions. A lesson here that wreaking revenge on someone can backfire. solomum
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8:50am Mon 11 Feb 13

AndyAndrews says...

It is highly relevant to her defence of marital coercion.
It is highly relevant to her defence of marital coercion. AndyAndrews
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9:21am Mon 11 Feb 13

freefinker says...

Echo, why oh why are you allowing comment on an ongoing trial?

Will you never learn?
Echo, why oh why are you allowing comment on an ongoing trial? Will you never learn? freefinker
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9:30am Mon 11 Feb 13

Lone Ranger. says...

freefinker wrote:
Echo, why oh why are you allowing comment on an ongoing trial?

Will you never learn?
Yes its strange as they would not allow comments on the that Huhne pleaded guilty
[quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: Echo, why oh why are you allowing comment on an ongoing trial? Will you never learn?[/p][/quote]Yes its strange as they would not allow comments on the that Huhne pleaded guilty Lone Ranger.
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9:31am Mon 11 Feb 13

Lone Ranger. says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
freefinker wrote:
Echo, why oh why are you allowing comment on an ongoing trial?

Will you never learn?
Yes its strange as they would not allow comments on the that Huhne pleaded guilty
Sorry should have read Yes its strange as they would not allow comments on the DAY that Huhne pleaded guilty
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: Echo, why oh why are you allowing comment on an ongoing trial? Will you never learn?[/p][/quote]Yes its strange as they would not allow comments on the that Huhne pleaded guilty[/p][/quote]Sorry should have read Yes its strange as they would not allow comments on the DAY that Huhne pleaded guilty Lone Ranger.
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10:12am Mon 11 Feb 13

Paramjit Bahia says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
freefinker wrote:
Echo, why oh why are you allowing comment on an ongoing trial?

Will you never learn?
Yes its strange as they would not allow comments on the that Huhne pleaded guilty
Sorry should have read Yes its strange as they would not allow comments on the DAY that Huhne pleaded guilty
Only lawyers will know if making comments while the case is in court is against the law or not, BUT it certainly is typical hypocrisy of local rag.

While hiding behind the principle of press freedom, Echo is also abusing it's monopoly as local paper by providing more coverage to It's favourite Tories and Lib Dem campaigns while hardly mentioning any thing about NuLabour, who stand a good chance of winning this by election, not only because of the highly questionable record of Coalition Govt so are putting in plenty of effort.
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: Echo, why oh why are you allowing comment on an ongoing trial? Will you never learn?[/p][/quote]Yes its strange as they would not allow comments on the that Huhne pleaded guilty[/p][/quote]Sorry should have read Yes its strange as they would not allow comments on the DAY that Huhne pleaded guilty[/p][/quote]Only lawyers will know if making comments while the case is in court is against the law or not, BUT it certainly is typical hypocrisy of local rag. While hiding behind the principle of press freedom, Echo is also abusing it's monopoly as local paper by providing more coverage to It's favourite Tories and Lib Dem campaigns while hardly mentioning any thing about NuLabour, who stand a good chance of winning this by election, not only because of the highly questionable record of Coalition Govt so are putting in plenty of effort. Paramjit Bahia
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10:58am Mon 11 Feb 13

Stephen J says...

Paramjit Bahia wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
freefinker wrote:
Echo, why oh why are you allowing comment on an ongoing trial?

Will you never learn?
Yes its strange as they would not allow comments on the that Huhne pleaded guilty
Sorry should have read Yes its strange as they would not allow comments on the DAY that Huhne pleaded guilty
Only lawyers will know if making comments while the case is in court is against the law or not, BUT it certainly is typical hypocrisy of local rag.

While hiding behind the principle of press freedom, Echo is also abusing it's monopoly as local paper by providing more coverage to It's favourite Tories and Lib Dem campaigns while hardly mentioning any thing about NuLabour, who stand a good chance of winning this by election, not only because of the highly questionable record of Coalition Govt so are putting in plenty of effort.
Like all other media, the Echo will report on what's making the news. They're not going to go looking for news where there is none just to make up political balance. My feeling is that Labour knows how important this election is but can't agree on how to tackle it, hence the delay in anything of substance coming from them.
[quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: Echo, why oh why are you allowing comment on an ongoing trial? Will you never learn?[/p][/quote]Yes its strange as they would not allow comments on the that Huhne pleaded guilty[/p][/quote]Sorry should have read Yes its strange as they would not allow comments on the DAY that Huhne pleaded guilty[/p][/quote]Only lawyers will know if making comments while the case is in court is against the law or not, BUT it certainly is typical hypocrisy of local rag. While hiding behind the principle of press freedom, Echo is also abusing it's monopoly as local paper by providing more coverage to It's favourite Tories and Lib Dem campaigns while hardly mentioning any thing about NuLabour, who stand a good chance of winning this by election, not only because of the highly questionable record of Coalition Govt so are putting in plenty of effort.[/p][/quote]Like all other media, the Echo will report on what's making the news. They're not going to go looking for news where there is none just to make up political balance. My feeling is that Labour knows how important this election is but can't agree on how to tackle it, hence the delay in anything of substance coming from them. Stephen J
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3:50pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Paramjit Bahia says...

Stephen J wrote:
Paramjit Bahia wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
freefinker wrote:
Echo, why oh why are you allowing comment on an ongoing trial?

Will you never learn?
Yes its strange as they would not allow comments on the that Huhne pleaded guilty
Sorry should have read Yes its strange as they would not allow comments on the DAY that Huhne pleaded guilty
Only lawyers will know if making comments while the case is in court is against the law or not, BUT it certainly is typical hypocrisy of local rag.

While hiding behind the principle of press freedom, Echo is also abusing it's monopoly as local paper by providing more coverage to It's favourite Tories and Lib Dem campaigns while hardly mentioning any thing about NuLabour, who stand a good chance of winning this by election, not only because of the highly questionable record of Coalition Govt so are putting in plenty of effort.
Like all other media, the Echo will report on what's making the news. They're not going to go looking for news where there is none just to make up political balance. My feeling is that Labour knows how important this election is but can't agree on how to tackle it, hence the delay in anything of substance coming from them.
I was also under the impression that NuLabour is not very active. But having spoken to some friends have found out that they are actually putting in lot of effort. Only mistake was they did not expect Huhne making go so suddenly, so candidate was not selected. Those formalities are about to be completed, and hacks are fully aware.

Considering UKIP were in similar situation and Echo has been making news about their one man band, makes me wonder why? Is it because UKIP is well on the right of Tories and Echo's bias towards right?
[quote][p][bold]Stephen J[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Paramjit Bahia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: Echo, why oh why are you allowing comment on an ongoing trial? Will you never learn?[/p][/quote]Yes its strange as they would not allow comments on the that Huhne pleaded guilty[/p][/quote]Sorry should have read Yes its strange as they would not allow comments on the DAY that Huhne pleaded guilty[/p][/quote]Only lawyers will know if making comments while the case is in court is against the law or not, BUT it certainly is typical hypocrisy of local rag. While hiding behind the principle of press freedom, Echo is also abusing it's monopoly as local paper by providing more coverage to It's favourite Tories and Lib Dem campaigns while hardly mentioning any thing about NuLabour, who stand a good chance of winning this by election, not only because of the highly questionable record of Coalition Govt so are putting in plenty of effort.[/p][/quote]Like all other media, the Echo will report on what's making the news. They're not going to go looking for news where there is none just to make up political balance. My feeling is that Labour knows how important this election is but can't agree on how to tackle it, hence the delay in anything of substance coming from them.[/p][/quote]I was also under the impression that NuLabour is not very active. But having spoken to some friends have found out that they are actually putting in lot of effort. Only mistake was they did not expect Huhne making go so suddenly, so candidate was not selected. Those formalities are about to be completed, and hacks are fully aware. Considering UKIP were in similar situation and Echo has been making news about their one man band, makes me wonder why? Is it because UKIP is well on the right of Tories and Echo's bias towards right? Paramjit Bahia
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