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Former energy secretary Chris Huhne could return to the Cabinet if he is cleared of asking his wife to take speeding points on his behalf, Nick Clegg has said.
Asked at a press gallery lunch this afternoon whether he would like to see a return to government for Mr Huhne, the Lib Dem leader replied: “Yeah I would like to see Chris [back]... I want to see him at the top table of British politics.”
Mr Clegg confirmed he meant a return to the Cabinet.
Recent media reports have suggested the Lib Dem MP is confident that the case against him will be dropped.
Mr Clegg also said that he will “certainly be leading the party in 2015”, but added that the continuing austerity would make the next election tough.
"It is not going to be this sort of frothy, happy go lucky environment in the May 2015 general election,” he said. "The country is going through a very difficult, painful period of adjustment. I think it will be quite a sombre quite gritty, quite realistic weighing up of options amongst the electorate."
Former Energy Secretary Chris Huhne will appear at Southwark Crown Court tomorrow to enter his plea to the charges that forced him to resign.
The former Cabinet Minister and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce are to answer charges that they perverted the course of justice by lying about who was driving Mr Huhne's car when it was caught speeding in March 2003.
Mr Huhne resigned in February, when it was announced that the Crown Prosecution Service was pressing charges. If the case goes to a full trial then it is likely that proceedings will be adjourned to the autumn.
Baroness Warsi has said the Conservative Party will "fight hard and fight to win" any by-election called as the result of Chris Huhne's trial later this year. In an interview with The House magazine, the Conservative Party co-chairman said that she had campaigned in Eastleigh recently, and suggested that Mr Huhne may stand down as an MP even if he wins his court case. She said: “The by-election could be called because, you know, Chris might stand down irrespective of what happens at the court case.”
Vicky Pryce has pleaded not guilty to the charge of perverting the course of justice by lying about who was driving her ex-husband Chris Huhne’s car when it was caught speeding in 2003.
The BBC reports that Ms Pryce will argue in court that she had been coerced into taking the points for speeding by her by Mr Huhne.
The former Cabinet Minister declined to enter a plea this morning to the charges which forced him to resign as Energy Secretary earlier in the year.
Chris Huhne's partner Carina Trimingham has denied any suggestion she had been a “habitual serial seller of tit bits to the press” as she brought high court damages action against Associated Newspapers. Ms Trimingham is taking action over what she claims was “cataclysmic interference” with her private life. Mr Huhne's partner is also seeking damages for harassment and misuse of private information.
The trial of former Energy Secretary Chris Huhne and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce has been set for early October and listed for two weeks.
Mr Huhne attended Southwark Crown Court today with his ex wife, Vicky Pryce, to face charges of perverting the course of justice.
The former Energy and Climate Change Secretary allegedly avoided a speeding ticket by falsely saying Ms Pryce was driving in 2003.
Mr Huhne is to receive £17,000 in severance pay following his resignation from the Cabinet.
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