Police 'seek to prosecute Huhne'
Police have recommended that both Energy Secretary Chris Huhne and his ex-wife be charged over claims that he dodged a speeding penalty.
Detectives believe they have presented the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) with enough evidence to charge Mr Huhne with speeding and, more seriously, attempting to pervert the course of justice, according to tomorrow's edition of The Times.
A file sent to the CPS is understood to say that Vicky Pryce should also be charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice after claims that she accepted penalty points on her licence after her husband was caught by a speed camera on the M11, the newspaper said.
It is known that prosecutors are very close to reaching a decision on whether to charge the Cabinet minister but are currently trying to obtain evidence from the Sunday Times newspaper. The newspaper is to bring a legal challenge early in the new year over Essex Police's bid to obtain emails related to the case. An application for the newspaper to seek judicial review has been fixed for January 20.
The case concerns emails between Ms Pryce and Isabel Oakeshott, the newspaper's political editor. Essex Police obtained a production order to seize the emails at a private hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court in October. The newspaper then decided to seek judicial review of the police move - leading to the prosecution decision being put on hold.
Police began their probe after claims emerged that Ms Pryce accepted penalty points on his behalf. The speeding offence is alleged to have taken place in 2003 when the then-MEP was driving home from Stansted Airport after flying back from the European Parliament.
Liberal Democrat Mr Huhne - who left Ms Pryce for another woman last year - has denied the allegations. Early this month Mr Huhne said he was "very confident" the investigation would be "cleared up".
He said early this month: "I would love to see this cleared up as soon as possible. I want to see the Crown Prosecution Service obviously get to the bottom of this. They need to do whatever they have to do in terms of pursuing (the case)."
An Essex Police spokesman said: "We simply await the outcome of the Appeal Court process following which the CPS will be in a position to make a decision regarding whether or not charges will be brought. We have no further comment to make."
A spokesman for the CPS said: "We have asked Essex Police to provide us with further material in relation to this case, this is now subject to a court hearing involving Essex Police and the Sunday Times which is due to be heard in January."