Chris Huhne faces election spending complaint

Energy Secretary Chris Huhne is under more pressure after a complaint was raised about whether he declared all of his general election expenses. Two former Lib Dem councillors lodged the […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Energy Secretary Chris Huhne is under more pressure after a complaint was raised about whether he declared all of his general election expenses.

Two former Lib Dem councillors lodged the complaint with the Electoral Commission. A spokesperson for the election watchdog told ELN: “We can confirm we’ve received an allegation about Chris Huhne’s spending. We’ll look at the allegations and any more information we have to see if there’s any relevance.”

Mr Huhne has denied the charge: “These election expenses have been thoroughly checked and accepted by the Electoral Commission. I have no reason to believe there are any irregularities,” reported The Guardian.

The Energy Secretary has been bombarded with political pressure recently, fielding allegations that he passed driving points for speeding to someone else, which he has refuted.

Essex police are currently looking into the matter, according to their latest statement: “An investigation is ongoing in relation to the circumstances surrounding the issue of a Fixed Penalty Notice in 2003. It would be inappropriate for the police to discuss this matter any further in order to avoid prejudicing the investigation.”

Today the Prime Minister expressed his “confidence” in the Energy Secretary during an interview with ITV1’s Daybreak.