Tuesday 20 March 2018

Pressure on Huhne not to take pay-off

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.

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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