Police demand Huhne 'speeding tape'
Police investigating allegations that Cabinet minister Chris Huhne persuaded his estranged wife to take speeding penalty points on his behalf have obtained a court order to take possession of a tape recording in which the ex-couple apparently discuss the case.
The Sunday Times reported that it had been ordered by a judge at Chelmsford Crown Court to hand over the tape to Essex Police. The paper said it was considering an appeal.
The recording, disclosed by the paper in May, features a conversation between Mr Huhne, the Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary, and former partner Vicky Pryce.
Mr Huhne was urging her not to talk to journalists about the allegations, saying that there was no evidence to support the story "unless you give it some legs by saying something".
Ms Pryce, an economist, says: "It's one of the things that worried me when I took them; when you made me take the points in the first instance."
The estranged couple were interviewed by detectives last month over the claims that he persuaded her to accept a penalty on his behalf in March 2003 so that he could escape a driving ban.
Images of Ms Pryce's driving licence have emerged indicating that she received points for an offence in the Essex area on the date in question.
However, she is believed to have told police that she was actually at an event in London and Mr Huhne was behind the wheel.
Mr Huhne, who left Ms Pryce for another woman last year, denies the allegations. Both Prime Minister David Cameron and his Lib Dem deputy Nick Clegg have insisted there is no reason he should resign.