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Huhne resigns as energy secretary

Energy secretary Chris Huhne has resigned this morning after the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decided to bring criminal charges against him for perverting the course of justice over speeding offences.

The CPS said there “sufficient evidence” to bring criminal charges over allegations that Huhne’s then wide Vicky Pryce took a speeding offence on his behalf in 2003.

During Huhne’s time as energy secretary he had been praised by green groups for promoting renewable energy and committing the UK to strict carbon budget targets. Huhne was pro-nuclear in his role in the coalition government altering his former nuclear sceptic stance held while in opposition as a Liberal Democrat.

Prime minister David Cameron said Huhne has made the “right decision” in resigning, although he remains MP for Eastleigh in Hampshire. Current business minster and fellow LibDem Ed Davey is expected to take over as energy secretary.

 

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