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Pressure on Huhne not to take pay-off

Published 06/02/2012 | 05:00

Chris Huhne faces pressure to decline a £17,207 (€20,715) severance payment available to him after he quit his job as a cabinet minister to fight a criminal charge of perverting the course of justice.

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The wealthy Liberal Democrat politician has given no immediate indication on whether he would accept calls from Labour for him to forego the taxpayer-funded payment.

Mr Huhne announced he was resigning as energy secretary at the weekend to mount a "robust defence" of claims he persuaded his then wife to take his penalty points for a speeding offence in 2003.

The MP for Eastleigh and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce, who faces the same charge, will appear before magistrates on February 16.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

Asked whether Mr Huhne would be taking his pay-off, Prime Minister David Cameron's spokesman said: "That's a matter for him."

Irish Independent

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