LONDON: Disgraced former British energy minister Chris Huhne was jailed for eight months yesterday for lying to police about a speeding offence in a bizarre tale of adultery and revenge that gripped the British public.
Huhne’s ex-wife Vicky Pryce, a prominent economist, also was jailed for eight months for her role in the deception.
Prior to the scandal, Huhne, 58, had been seen as a potential leader of the Liberal Democrats, junior partners of the Conservatives in Britain’s ruling coalition government. The pair falsely informed police that Vicky Pryce was driving Huhne’s car when it was caught by a speed camera, so that he could avoid a driving ban.
The incident remained a family secret for years but came back to haunt Huhne after he left Pryce for his mistress, Carina Trimingham, in 2010. REUTERS