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Fallen British minister and ex-wife freed from jail

Britain's disgraced former energy minister Chris Huhne and his ex-wife were both freed from prison on Monday after serving a quarter of their eight-month sentences for swapping speeding points. Huhne, 58, and his former spouse Vicky Pryce had been jailed in March for perverting the course of justice, after she took penalty points on her driving licence in 2003 so that her then husband could avoid a driving ban.

Fallen British minister and ex-wife freed from jail

Britain's disgraced former energy minister Chris Huhne and his ex-wife were both freed from prison on Monday after serving a quarter of their eight-month sentences for swapping speeding points. Huhne, 58, and his former spouse Vicky Pryce had been jailed in March for perverting the course of justice, after she took penalty points on her driving licence in 2003 so that her then husband could avoid a driving ban.

UPDATE 2-Fallen UK minister, ex-wife jailed over speeding lie

* Tale of revenge and adultery gripped British public * Family feud played out in media (Adds quotes, background) By Estelle Shirbon LONDON, March 11 (Reuters) - Disgraced energy minister Chris Huhne was jailed for eight months on Monday for lying to police about a speeding offence in 2003, in the final chapter of a bizarre tale of adultery and revenge that has gripped the British public.

UPDATE 1-Ex-wife to be retried in case that toppled UK minister

* Jury in trial of Vicky Pryce fail to agree on verdict * Ex-husband Chris Huhne pleaded guilty in same case * Protracted scandal ended his political career (Adds date of retrial, details, background) By Estelle Shirbon LONDON, Feb 20 (Reuters) - The ex-wife of fallen British minister Chris Huhne will face a retrial for perverting the course of justice by helping him dodge a driving ban in 2003, after a jury failed to reach a verdict on Wednesday.

Former UK minister forced me into abortion, ex-wife tells trial

By Estelle Shirbon LONDON, Feb 7 (Reuters) - A former British cabinet minister pressured his ex-wife into an abortion because having the baby would have damaged his career, she told a criminal court on Thursday. On the second day of Vicky Pryce's trial, which is evolving into a cautionary tale of sex, deception and politics, she said Chris Huhne had told her of the affair that was to shatter her marriage while she was watching a World Cup football match.

Huhne's "broken" ex-wife plotted his downfall -court

By Estelle Shirbon LONDON, Feb 7 (Reuters) - The inside story of how the "broken" wife of a British minister plotted to destroy his career after he left her for another woman came out in court on Thursday when the journalist at the heart of the drama gave evidence. Isabel Oakeshott, political editor of the Sunday Times, said high-flying economist Vicky Pryce was constantly on the verge of tears over the breakdown of her marriage to politician Chris Huhne, whom she still loved, in the weeks when she plotted his downfall.

Wife ruined British minister's career over affair, court hears

(Attention strong language in paragraph 20) * Economist Pryce on trial for perverting course of justice * Politician Huhne, her ex-husband, convicted in same case * Court hears Pryce sought revenge against Huhne over affair * Pryce revealed details of 2003 offence to "bring him down" By Estelle Shirbon
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