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Huhne resigns

3 February 2012

10:58 AM

3 February 2012

10:58 AM

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 as ‘deeply regrettable,’ adding that, ‘I’m innocent of these charges, and I intend to fight this in the courts, and I’m confident that a jury will agree.’

In terms of a reshuffle, the likeliest outcome is that Ed Davey will glide into Huhne’s former job, and Norman Lamb will in turn take Davey’s place as a junior business minister. But there may be a
pause before that’s confirmed, as Nick Clegg is currently travelling back to London from the Lib Dem jolly in Eastbourne.

Easy on the accelerator, Mr Deputy Prime Minister.

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