LiveVicky Pryce trial: Day Four

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  • Day four at Southwark Crown Court of Vicky Pryce trial
  • Chris Huhne's ex is accused of taking his speeding points
  • She denies perverting course of justice


Mr Justice Sweeney is telling jurors that they will not be needed in court again until 11.30am tomorrow with legal discussions set to take place for the rest of today.


Pryce's barrister Julian Knowles reading out character references from a number of top flight civil servants.

They include recently retired former head of the secret service Sir John Scarlett who describes Pryce's "high professional standing and regard in which she is widely held."

Also writes that she is "exceptionally well informed."


Georgia Beasley leaves the court room and that is the defence team's final witness.


Mrs Beasley cries as she describes her mother's situation at the time of the points swapping incident.

"She was on her own a lot of the time dealing with the children, holding the family together as is often the way, trying to make sure that everybody is ok.

"It was a very emotional time and family was the most important thing."


Pryce, wearing a black jacket and black trousers, is listening to the evidence from the dock, one hand resting under her chin and the other holding a tissue.


But Mrs Beasley did make a statement last year, she tells jurors.

"I think (Pryce) was frightened about the effect this would have on our family and what it would do to the children."

She tells the court her mother would have been subjected to "constant badgering" but could not say for how long.


Mrs Beasley adds that in 2011, she originally did not want to talk to police about the incident.


 "He was very intent that she should take the points for him," she told the court.

"He did not want to lose his licence and was standing for election and had to travel regularly to Eastleigh.

"He would say to her that if she did not take them he would not be able to travel - he would lose the licence and that it would be her fault if he did not get elected.

"She was very upset, very angry and did not want to take the points."


She says her mother told her about Huhne trying to persuade her to take speeding points on his behalf.


The management consultant in her late 30s is asked to cast her mind back to 2003 when she was living in a flat in Clapham.

She would see her mother "once ore twice" a week and confirms she spoke to Pryce about a speeding offence.


Defence calls Vicky Pryce's eldest daughter Georgia Beasley to the witness box.


Just in case over the weekend you've lost track of where we now are with the trial and what has been said so far click here.



Vicky Pryce and her lawyer Julian Knowles QC are in court. Proceedings originally listed to get underway at 10am.


Good morning from Southwark Crown Court where the trial of Vicky Pryce is set to continue today.

The usual canon choir of photographers had assembled early on as the defendant arrived at around 9.20am.

Plenty of reporters are outside court three for the continuation of the defence case signalling the huge interest these proceedings have generated.

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