Mr Huhne and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce have both been charged with the same offence amid allegations that he asked her to take speeding points on his behalf. The pair now face the prospect of a criminal trial over allegations that they conspired to pervert the course of justice. The offence carries a maximum life sentence.
Miss Pryce, who separated from Mr Huhne in June 2010 following his affair with aide Carina Trimingham, told the Sunday Times that her husband had asked “someone” to take his penalty points following a speeding offence in March 2003.
This morning, less than an hour after the charges were announced by the Criminal Prosecution Service (CPS), Mr Huhne resigned from his position as Energy Secretary.
They will appear before Westminster Magistrates Court on February 16th.