Wednesday 25 April 2018

Long road to court for MP over speeding

John Fahey

It has taken nearly nine years for Lib Dem MP and UK energy secretary Chris Huhne to be charged with a speeding offence.

March 12, 2003: Mr Huhne, a member of the European Parliament, is returning home to Clapham, south London, from Stansted Airport when his vehicle is caught speeding. He allegedly asked "someone" to take the three penalty points so he could avoid a ban.

June 2010: His affair with his PR adviser Carina Trimingham is exposed.

September 2010: Mr Huhne, a father of five, separates from wife Vicky Pryce after 26 years.

May 8, 2011: Sunday newspapers report allegations that Mr Huhne, asked someone to take his speeding points to avoid a driving ban in 2003. He denies the claims.

May 13, 2011: Labour MP Simon Danczuk makes a formal complaint to police about the allegations facing Mr Huhne and asks officers to investigate.

May 15, 2011: Reports emerge that Ms Pryce is alleged to have taken the penalty points on his behalf.

August 17, 2011: The British Crown Prosecution Service asks police to investigate further after being handed a file by detectives.

Irish Independent

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