Chris Huhne will be prosecuted for perverting the course of justice following a decision by the head of the CPS this morning. Mr Huhne and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce were both charged in relation to a speeding points offence from 2003.
Making a rare statement the Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer told the press: “A criminal complaint was made to Essex Police in May 2011 alleging that Ms Pryce had acepted responsibility for a speeding offence committed by Mr Huhne in 2003. That complaint was investigated by police and a file was passed to the CPS.
“All the available evidence has now been carefully considered by the CPS and we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence to bring criminal charges against both Mr Huhne and Ms Pryce for perverting the course of justice.
“Accordingly summonses against both Mr Huhne and Ms Pryce have been obtained from Westminster Magistrates Court and those summonses will now be served upon them. They are due to appear in court on 16th February.”
The charges are based on an allegation that Mr Huhne asked Ms Pryce to accept points for a driving offence by saying she was the driver of the car at the time of the incident.
Mr Huhne is now expected to resign as Energy Secretary after less than two years in charge. He was elected to Parliament in 2005 and ran against Nick Clegg for the Lib Dem leadership. Front runners to replace him as Energy Secretary include Norman Lamb and Ed Davey.