Former energy secretary Chris Huhne and his ex-wife appeared together in a court dock Thursday accused of perverting the course of justice over allegations that they lied to avoid Mr Huhne getting penalty points on his license for speeding.
The Liberal Democrat MP, 57, and his ex-wife, economist Vicky Price, 59, did not speak or look at each other during the six minute appearance in Westminster Magistrates Court. It is alleged that Mr Huhne convinced his ex-wife to lie in order to avoid penalty points, almost a decade ago.
The two were not required to enter pleas and only spoke toconfirm their names, addresses and ages. The case was sent to Southwark crown court for trial and both were remanded on unconditional bail. The pair will have to attend Southwark crown court on 2 March.
Huhne resigned from his post as energy secretary in the Coalition Government earlier this month following an announcement by the Crown Prosecution Service that they would be charging him and his ex-wife. The charges stem from March 2003, when a speed camera on the motorway between Stansted Airport in Essex and London allegedly caught his car speeding. The pair arrived at the court separately and were swarmed by photographers.
Huhne was charged that: “Between 21 March 2003 and 21 May 2003, you intended to pervert the course of public justice, by doing an act in that you, during the course of an investigation into an offence of driving a vehicle in excess speed, you submitted information to the investigation officer that Vicky Pryce had been the driver, enabling her to admit responsibility for the offence and causing her licence to be endorsed with three penalty points”.