Chris Huhne

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Will Gordon Brown’s critics finally admit he was right about al-Qaeda’s ‘major terrorist plot’?

9 March 2015 13:48

There are not many things to celebrate about Gordon Brown’s time in office. He was a vilified leader; often quite rightly so. His Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, did not fare… Continue reading

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Michael Gove might not be preparing for another coalition. But other Tories are

6 January 2015 15:22

Michael Gove pitched up on Newsnight yesterday to give one of his typically confident performances to the programme. Apparently CCHQ don’t believe any floating voters watch the BBC’s flagging current affairs… Continue reading

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Boulton and Co

26 June 2014 15:45

Journalists do, occasionally, say something nice about politicians. It does not happen very often; but, when it does, it’s usually heartfelt. Adam Boulton hosted a party at the Savoy last… Continue reading

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Alistair Carmichael: Chris Huhne put the ‘T’ in Cancun

11 March 2014 15:40

Jovial Lib Dem Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael addressed lobby journalists over lunch today. Speaking from his experience as the party’s former chief whip, he managed to praise the discipline of… Continue reading

Vicky Pryce and Chris Huhne were released from prison yesterday. Picture: Getty Images

Let’s hope Vicky Pryce’s book does teach us about prison

14 May 2013 14:04

The departure of Chris Huhne and Vicky Pryce from prison yesterday has its lessons for us all, on how to make the most of adverse circumstances. Certainly that’s the happiest… Continue reading

Vicky Pryce

Why the Huhne/Pryce case makes singleness all the more attractive

12 March 2013 16:26

Watching the shipwreck of the Chris Huhne and Vicky Pryce court case has made me feel guiltily relieved that, at the age of 42, I haven’t yet married. The operatic… Continue reading

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The Sunday Times jails its source

11 March 2013 17:31

In a long piece in the last issue of the Sunday Times (£) Isabel Oakeshott, its political editor, wrote of her relationship with Vicky Pryce. She sobbed and sighed. She was… Continue reading


Breaking: Chris Huhne sentenced to 8 months

11 March 2013 17:04

Former Lib Dem Energy Secretary Chris Huhne has been sentenced to eight months in jail, a judge has announced at Southwark Crown Court in the last few minutes. His ex-wife… Continue reading

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What was it that made the Vicky Pryce trial so compelling?

8 March 2013 15:06

Just about the only respectable moral that can be drawn from the grisly extended farce that was the Vicky Pryce trial is that the defence of marital coercion is a… Continue reading

Nick Clegg and Chris Huhne

The Lib Dems make another personal scandal their party’s problem

7 March 2013 18:56

Another evening and another set of headlines opening with the now familiar line ‘senior Liberal Democrats have denied they knew’. Not the allegations about Lord Rennard (which he denies) this… Continue reading

Vicky Pryce was today found guilty of perverting the course of justice. Picture: Getty

Chris Huhne and Vicky Pryce: the politics

7 March 2013 17:08

What is the political impact of the Chris Huhne/Vicky Pryce case? It’s a question that you’ll hear a lot from those who view everything through what Edward Leigh might call the… Continue reading

Vicky Pryce was today convicted of perverting the course of justice. Picture: Getty

Vicky Pryce found guilty

7 March 2013 14:57

Vicky Pryce has been found guilty at Southwark Crown Court of perverting the course of justice by taking speeding points for her ex-husband Chris Huhne. Huhne had already pleaded guilty,… Continue reading

Vicky Pryce. Photo: Getty Images.

Vicky Pryce jury discharged, retrial starts Monday

20 February 2013 15:13

The jury in the trial of Vicky Pryce has been discharged having failed to reach a verdict. The decision comes after the jury informed the judge that they were highly… Continue reading


PMQs sketch: In which Cameron both chooses and answers the questions.

13 February 2013 16:54

Whoosh! Crasshh! Ploophm! Crummppp! The personal attacks came pounding in on David Cameron today. Ed Miliband asked about declining living standards and set about portraying the prime minister as an… Continue reading

Tory campaign poster

Tories use Chris Huhne as Eastleigh by-election weapon

8 February 2013 16:58

The Conservatives have just published their poster for the Eastleigh by-election. Like most campaigns, they’re capitalising on the fact that the Tory candidate, Maria Hutchings, is local. But in their… Continue reading

Chris Huhne's successor will be elected on 28 February. Picture: Getty

Briefing: Everything you need to know about Eastleigh

8 February 2013 16:49

After Chris Huhne’s resignation, the by-election campaign in Eastleigh is already well underway. James explains the political significance of this Lib Dem-Tory battle in this week’s Spectator, but here are… Continue reading

Chris Huhne at the launch of his 2006 bid for the Lib Dem leadership. He has resigned as an MP. Picture: Getty

Chris Huhne resignation: CCHQ cranks up the by-election machine

4 February 2013 12:44

Chris Huhne’s guilty plea alters the political landscape. There’s now no need for a reshuffle to accommodate his return to the top table of British politics. Huhne, who ran for… Continue reading

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Chris Huhne pleads guilty to perverting the course of justice

4 February 2013 10:33

Just as everyone was settling down to a long entertaining courtroom drama, Chris Huhne has stunned everyone and pled guilty. His trial for charges of perverting the course of justice was due… Continue reading


Shapps has ‘deep reservations’ about the ‘conservatory tax’

11 April 2012 11:14

There is deep unease among Tory ministers about the proposals for a so-called ‘conservatory tax’. The idea, which was pushed hard by Chris Huhne when he was Energy Secretary, is… Continue reading


Clegg previews the Lib Dems’ election pitch

11 March 2012 15:26

Nick Clegg’s speech today was a preview of what the Liberal Democrat argument will be in 2015: coalitions work and we’re the ‘one nation’ party who will ensure that the… Continue reading


Lawson: Abolish DECC

8 February 2012 10:21

Did we need to replace Chris Huhne at all? Nigel Lawson, a former editor of The Spectator (amongst other things), has an intriguing idea in a letter to today’s FT:… Continue reading


An important intervention on energy policies, but will the Lib Dems pay attention?

6 February 2012 12:48

The economist Dieter Helm is one of the few policy thinkers respected on both sides of the coalition. Oliver Letwin is a long-standing friend of his and Clegg’s office views… Continue reading


The danger for the Lib Dems

4 February 2012 17:55

Today’s papers make clear just how damaging the next phase of this whole Chris Huhne business could be to the Liberal Democrats. The danger is that because this story is… Continue reading


Clegg confirms the reshuffle

3 February 2012 13:00

Nick Clegg’s statement just now was notable for how he stressed that he would like Chris Huhne back in the Cabinet if Huhne emerges from these current difficulties. This echoes… Continue reading


Huhne resigns

3 February 2012 10:58

We’ve just had a short statement from Chris Huhne — and, unsurprisingly, he’s resigning as Energy Secretary. His words and demeanour, though, were strikingly defiant. He described the CPS’s decision… Continue reading