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UK ex-minister pleads guilty to perverting course of justice

Published on Feb 4, 2013 7:08 PM
 
Former British energy minister Chris Huhne (right) and partner Carina Trimingham (left) arrive at Southwark Crown Court in London, on Feb 4, 2013, on the first day of a trial in which Huhne and ex-wife Vicky Price are both charged with perverting the course of justice relating to a speeding offence in 2003. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - Former British energy secretary Chris Huhne pleaded guilty on Monday to perverting the course of justice over accusations he persuaded his then wife in 2003 to take the blame for a speeding offence he had committed.

A senior member of the Liberal Democrats, the smaller party in Britain's ruling coalition, Mr Huhne resigned from his cabinet post in Feb 2012 when he was charged. He remains a member of parliament.

A week ago, Mr Huhne pleaded not guilty to the same offense.

His party leader, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, had told reporters this month that he would like to see Huhne return to the "top table" of British politics, were he cleared of the charges.