Bristol University graduate journalist at centre of downfall of Lib Dem MP Chris Huhne
A BRISTOL University graduate was the journalist at the centre of the downfall of the former Liberal Democrat MP Chris Huhne.
The former cabinet minister and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce were both jailed for eight months today over a speeding points scandal dating back a decade.
The former couple were handed the sentences at Southwark Crown Court for perverting the course of justice in 2003 when Pryce took speeding points for her then-husband.
Huhne, 58, pleaded guilty to the offence on the first day of his trial last month, and Pryce, 60, was convicted after a retrial last week.
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Pryce's trial heard how she first approached the Mail on Sunday falsely claiming Huhne had passed points to a constituency aide, then revealed the story to Sunday Times political editor and Bristol University graduate Isabel Oakeshott.
The journalist convinced Vicky Pryce to go on the record about taking her ex-husband’s speeding points.
The email correspondence between the two women was revealed in the trial which saw Pryce convicted of perverting the course of justice.
Chris Huhne is not the first politician to spend time behind bars.
Millionaire author Lord Archer of Weston-super-Mare, Conservative peer and former MP, was sentenced to four years imprisonment in 2001 after he was found guilty of perjury.
The case related to evidence he gave 14 years earlier when he sued the Daily Star for claiming he slept with a prostitute.