Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Huhne: Jail humbling and sobering

Chris Huhne is currently in HMP Leyhill in Gloucestershire

Disgraced former Cabinet minister Chris Huhne has repeated apologies for his wrongdoing, saying that prison had been a "humbling and sobering experience".

The 58-year-old was released from jail after serving 62 days of an eight-month sentence for perverting the course of justice.

The former energy secretary arrived back at the home he shares with his partner, PR adviser Carina Trimingham, in Clerkenwell, central London, after being driven out of Leyhill Prison in Gloucestershire.

Speaking outside the couple's flat, with Ms Trimingham by his side, Mr Huhne told gathered reporters to "calm down", before saying: "I would just like to say once again, as you know from the night I was sentenced, I said that I was very sorry for what I had done. It has been a humbling and sobering experience.

"I would like to thank all of those who have written to me - hundreds of letters that I have had - and all my family and friends who stood by me.

"And I would also just remind you that I have served only part of my sentence and therefore it is not appropriate to say more.

"I would now like to get on, get back to home, and continue with my life. Thank you for coming."

Huhne was jailed for eight months in March, alongside ex-wife Vicky Pryce, after finally admitted passing speeding points to her a decade ago.

The shamed former MP for Eastleigh in Hampshire, who once aspired to be Liberal Democrat leader, had staunchly denied the allegations and battled for the case to be thrown out, before finally pleading guilty to perverting the course of justice on the first day of their trial in February.

Both he and his former wife have been released, but will have to wear electronic tags.

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