Huhne’s ex-wife denies perversion of justice

Former Energy Secretary Chris Huhne’s ex-wife yesterday denied perverting the course of justice by taking a speeding penalty for her former husband.

Vicky Pryce pleaded not guilty at Southwark Crown Court, where she appeared alongside the former Cabinet Minister.

Huhne, 57, did not enter a plea to a similar charge of perverting the course of justice.

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His arraignment was adjourned for an application to dismiss the charge, the court heard.

It is alleged that Huhne, of Dutton Lane, Eastleigh, Hants, who wore a dark suit and maroon polka-dot tie, persuaded Pryce to take his penalty points for a speeding offence almost a decade ago.

His ex-wife’s defence will be one of marital coercion.

A provisional trial date has been set for October 2 and the hearing is due to last no more than two weeks.

Pryce, 59, from Crescent Grove, Clapham, south London, wore a beige linen jacket and a brown knee-length skirt.