Huhne Leaving Wife for Mistress Exposed by News of the World

The News of the Screws has the scoop

Energy Secretary Chris Huhne is leaving his wife of 26 years after confessing to a long standing affair, the News of the World can reveal.  Huhne, 55, has been enjoying trysts with his secret mistress at the family’s constituency home for over a year. Last night he told us: “I am in a serious relationship with Carina Trimingham and I am separating from my wife.”

Lover Carina, 44, is Campaigns Director of the Electoral Reform Society. Huhne, named by Prime Minister David Cameron as the 10th most powerful man in the Cabinet, has been meeting her on Friday nights at his constituency house in Eastleigh, Hampshire, while loyal wife Vicky stayed at the family’s south London home.

On Friday, on her 44th birthday, Carina took the train to Huhne’s detached home in Eastleigh, arriving around 8pm. The pair spent the evening alone inside while Mrs Huhne remained in London. Huhne was due in Eastleigh that morning to conduct a constituency surgery but cancelled it at the last minute. This morning the pair left the house separately, minutes apart, to head to the station.

On the platform they stood apart then boarded different carriages. As the London Waterloo bound train sped off, Huhne made a quick call on his mobile then joined his lover in the first class carriage at the front of the train where they enjoyed breakfast together. Once at Waterloo they began the cloak and dagger tactics again, walking 10ft apart and leaving by different exits. But they met up again at the taxi rank, jumped into a black cab and headed into the city. It is believed the affair has been going on since at least May 2009 and the pair are thought to have met when Carina worked briefly for Huhne on his campaign team when he was fighting the Lib Dem’s leadership campaign in 2007. He finished runner-up to Nick Clegg. Divorcee Carina, lives with a female friend in central London.

There is some speculation that Huhne, who led the LibDem attacks on the former editor of the News of the World Andy Coulson, might be regretting so doing. It is probably just a coincidence…

Lib Dems Feeling Shorted

The very real effects of no longer receiving Short money are beginning to hit the LibDems. Twenty staffers whose salaries were all covered by it have been fired from their press and research teams, as well as from Nick Clegg’s office. There was some speculation that the Tories were keeping their staff for an extra few months just in-case the coalition went wrong though Guido understands that redundancies have started taking place in CCHQ.  Clearly the Liberal Democrats and the Tories are not expecting an election anytime soon.

Given the Short money is essentially a kitty divided up based on number of seats, because there is only one large party now to take the cash, Labour will be getting almost as much as Tories and the LibDems combined got in the last Parliament. No wonder so many former Labour SpAds are still loitering around while in opposition.

Coalition Creaks as Hughes Crowned

Within twelve hours of being elected deputy leader of the LibDems, Simon Hughes is straight out of the trouble-making blocks. Working Millbank this morning, there is no denying he is relishing being the opposition in government. “Being in coalition doesn’t mean you cease to be a Liberal Democrat.” “My job is to make sure the voters see and hear the Liberal Democrats putting forward the Liberal Democrat case.” His heart is set on creating opposition spokesmen to be his trouble making minions.

It looks like tuition fees, which Willets is less than subtly hinting are rising, will be the first coaliton dividing battle. Funny how obvious the correlation is between being disgruntled and being a failed former leadership contender. Ming, Kennedy and Hughes could whip up quite a yellow rage about this one, and many more to come…

Exclusive: Lembit4London

There was some speculation yesterday from hacks and EyeSpyMP what exactly former MP Lembit Opik was doing loitering around Parliament. After a brief flirt with TV punditry in those coalition negotiating days, it seems Lembit has bigger and better plans.

He told the crowd at his Montgomeryshire count “in the words of Arnie Schwarzenegger, I’ll be back…” but few would have expected where he has set his sights. Guido can exclusively reveal that Lembit was visiting Liberal Democrat MPs to take soundings on whether they would support his bid to be the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London. He already has an Ealing councillor in place as a campaign manager.

Though many were quick to dismiss Boris when he first mooted the idea of running, surely the curse of Lembit would kick in? Lest we forget he ran Mark Oaten’s messy bid to be Lib Dem leader, he also lost a relatively safe seat,  and that’s without the inevitable frolicking girls coming out of the woodwork. Surely he would have more fun sticking to what he is good at… riding Segways and chasing women?

Whodunnit?

Speculation is rife about who stuck the knife into David Laws and told Holly Watt at The Telegraph that she might want to go back and take a look at their well guarded, unredacted, expenses files. There was a desire to out Laws officially from the moment he stepped into the Treasury, but who could have been so angry with his hurtling rise to village-fame?

Obvious suspect number one would have to be the man fleeing the scene of a crime. Liam Byrne was humiliated and has left his recovering party wide open to attack with his infamous “there’s no money left” note that Laws revealed so publicly. Baldemort doesn’t look like a man who would let things go lightly…

Some eyebrows were raised at Alastair Campbell over the weekend after he appeared on Question Time slamming Laws on Thursday and even produced a framed photograph of the former Treasury Chief. Vendettas are his forté, but would he or Byrne have had the knowledge of Lundie? That vital clue points towards a Brutus-style stab in the back….

As Guido’s old chum David Aaronvitch said, Vince Cable has spent the last three weeks looking “like a bulldog sipping piss from a nettle.” He  has got the raw end of the cuts and his economic reputation was decimated by Laws. Clearly he isn’t a happy bunny and as Guido wrote last week, he stood down as Deputy Leader in a simple manoeuvre to have the left-winger Simon Hughes elevated, reminding Clegg of the more lunatic elements of his party. In collusion with Hughes, Vince is clearly up for causing trouble. A former Deputy Leader and a former President of the Liberal Democrats would be privy to vital information about their MPs. Like rumours of boyfriends for example.

David Laws’s right-wingery drives the left of his party round the bend. When he became the darling of Westminster, applauded on both sides of the House for his deft Commons performances, he would have given many of them the needle. The culprit could be the one who would have not only the spite but the knowledge too. Either that or it was some young upstart at Edelman who wanted to make a quick buck.

Or perhaps Holly cross-checked the expenses claims against records for the address, noted that the landlord lived at the address and was a good looking young man which in view of the rumours… You know, good old fashioned research?

+ + + Danny Alexander Appointed Treasury Chief Secretary + + +

UPDATE : Michael Moore is the new Scottish Secretary.

+ + + David Laws Resigns + + +

And Guido will be crying into his beer. Lidl own-brand beer at that…

Sly Si and His Left-Wing Cabal

Simon Hughes shouldn’t be underestimated as an operator. He cut his teeth getting rid of more than his fair share of Liberal Democrat leaders, and in cahoots with Vince Cable he is rocking the boat again. Deprived of a Cabinet seat, Sly Si’s near coronation as Deputy LibDem leader is more than a little contrived…

Cable has looked close to tears for the last week and his unexpected resignation as Clegg’s deputy, and now his very public endorsement of Hughes as his replacement, shows just how worried he is about the coalition. This way the beardy-weirdies have a voice.

Perhaps as punishment for refusing to bloody his hands in the Treasury, Cable has been landed with the most cuts to his department. He has had to eat humble pie on television and his reputation as an economic guru is all but shattered. Bound by collective cabinet responsibility he is neutered.

Though Vince may have been exposed as bit of sham and the bookies make him favourite to be the first cabinet minister to resign, don’t think he isn’t going to go down without a fight, and never forget how vicious LibDem infighting can be. So who does he turn to start causing trouble? His old mucker Hughes of course – the whole swap looks like a well executed plan – interestingly his only challenger for the leadership thus far is Tim Farron – who has been a Hughes protege and ally for many years (and was a senior figure in both Simon’s leadership campaigns).

See also Cable’s Positioning

Cable’s Positioning

Vince Cable has been looking like he swallowed a bee ever since Cleggmania took off. His announcement today that he is resigning as deputy leader of the LibDems is transparently a piece of positioning. Cameron manages to combine being party […]

Lib Dem MPs and Fed Ex to Meet at 19.30

Looks like there is real movement – Gus O’Donnell has joined the Cabinet Office negotiations. A meeting has just been called for the Liberal Democrat MPs and crucially their Federal Executive tonight at 19.30.

It seems that a Tory/Liberal deal […]

The Labour Deal is Dying

The fervent  intensity of the negotiations is waning, the LibDems are now merely holding up proceedings. Two clear offers have been made to them and the fact there is still no firm conclusion proves they are stuck in a rut. […]

Deal Making and Deal Breakers

Sources say the negotiating teams have a deal to sell their respective parties.  We’ll know what shape that deal takes shortly…

LibDemVoice has just released a poll of LibDem members – 80% say that without significant progress on electoral reform […]



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