Huhne was a leading light in the Liberal Democrat Party. He had stood for election as party leader on more than one occasion and many people felt he would eventually take over from current Party leader Nick Clegg. Any such plans and political ambitions have now been put on long term hold.
Today, February 3, 2012, Chris Huhne was told that he was facing prosecution and he has quickly resigned from the Coalition Government. His crime? The alleged offence dates back almost ten years. An acrimonious divorce from his wife, economist Vicky Pryce, directly led to this case. In an apparent fit of anger she claimed that Chris had asked someone to take his penalty speeding points, on his behalf. This would leave Huhne with an unblemished driving licence. In the end it seemed that it was now former wife Vicky who Huhne asked.
For a while now the allegations have been under investigation and as the news, that he and former wife Vicky were to face criminal charges, was announced, he has resigned. The last laugh for him will be that she too is facing court action.
Many enemies of the now former energy and climate change secretary may join in the laughter.
Over the years Mr Hune has been happy to rise above the crowd as far as his political ambitions went. He was renowned for pushing all in his path unceremoniously out the way. He is a self made millionaire who some may claim is ruthless. For these people today will be a little poetic justice.
Although Huhne has resigned from Cabinet Office he remains an MP. He has vowed to keep working hard to represent his constituency. Nick Clegg has already said that he will welcome him back into the political fold as soon as the case is over. That is assuming that he is proved innocent.
Huhne and his former wife are charged with perverting the course of justice.
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