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Minister is hit by claim he dodged speeding fine

By Andy McSmith

Published 16/05/2011

Chris Huhne will attempt to carry on as normal today despite allegations threatening to destroy his political career about a speeding fine that may have been blamed on the wrong driver.

Essex Police confirmed that they have been handed information that could lead to a criminal investigation into the Energy Secretary's past.

A spokesman said: “We are aware of allegations regarding a speeding offence in 2003. This information will be passed to officers who will decide on whether an investigation will be launched.

His aides continue to deny the allegations which — if true — would destroy any hope he has of replacing Nick Clegg as leader of the Liberal Democrats.

It is alleged that when Mr Huhne was sent a form to fill in about an automatic speeding fine he had incurred in March 2003 and he entered another person's name instead of his own, to avoid a driving ban.

He has hired an eminent media lawyer, Charlotte Harris of Mishcon de Reya, to handle the allegations, which Mr Huhne denies.

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