Yesterday evening Guido and Fleetstreet Fox took to the airwaves on BBC Radio London to offer their opinion on what comes next for Chris Huhne. Roll on Monday…
Monday 11th March, 2pm, Southwark Crown Court.
One last weekend of freedom…
Vicky Pryce has been found guilty of perverting the course of justice. A unanimous verdict after 12 hours deliberations. Sentencing of Pryce and Huhne will be at a later date. Let’s hope the judge takes into consideration that all this would never have come out if it were not for Vicky…
As the second jury continues to deliberate, Vicky Pryce has spoken out today…giving City AM a comment on quantitative easing:
“Hold but be ready for more quantitative easing once forthcoming Budget measures are analysed and current trends become clearer. A more upbeat performance in the service sector contrasts with poorer manufacturing and construction data and weak lending figures.”
Nice of her to take time out of her busy schedule…
Back in October Guido noted that barrister, judge and Huhne prosecution witness Constance Briscoe had been arrested. It can now be reported for the first time that her arrest is in connection with the Huhne-Pryce case. The jury have been told that Briscoe could not be relied upon as a “witness of truth”, and that she “may have lied about her involvement with the press”. Developing…
UPDATE: Briscoe negotiated with newspapers on behalf of Pryce then denied contact with the press to police, the jury is told.
14 hours of deliberations later and Mr Justice Sweeney has agreed to accept a majority verdict on which at least ten agree. He is giving answers to ten pretty extraordinary questions the jury asked him yesterday.
All the evidence has now been heard in Vicky Pryce’s trial, closing speeches will be presented to the jury tomorrow. Today Pryce’s eldest daughter Georgia Beesley took to the stand, alleging that Chris Huhne coerced his ex-wife into taking his points:
“I remember speaking to my mother and she told me that Chris had been caught speeding and was asking her to take speeding points. If he had taken the points he would have lost his licence. He was very insistent that she take the points for him. He would say to her that if she didn’t take them he would not be able to drive, that he would lose his licence, and that it would be her fault if he didn’t get elected. I did not appreciate at that time what it would be like to be living with someone constantly badgering you to do something that you know was wrong and feeling like you don’t have a choice.”
Pryce’s lawyer went on to read out a character reference from none other than ex-MI6 boss Sir John Scarlett, he of dodgy dossier fame. The case will conclude tomorrow…
Yesterday it was the taped phone calls, today Vicky Pryce hinted that she had far more on her ex-husband that she could have used to destroy him: “If I wanted to ruin him I could’ve thought about other things to expose him with no repercussions for me. It was a very tough time for me and rest of the family and I did things I’m not proud of. If I’d wanted to inflict fatal damage on him I could have done something very different”.
Perhaps the most disturbing revelation heard today was Pryce’s claim that Huhne tried to pressure her into having a second abortion, but she said no. Gives a somewhat different perspective to those texts. The trial continues…
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“I came to bring this conflict to an end.”