Former Cabinet minister Chris Huhne today pleaded guilty at Southwark Crown Court to perverting the course of justice over claims his ex-wife Vicky Pryce took speeding points for him a decade ago.

Huhne and his former wife Vicky Pryce were due to stand trial today accused of perverting the course of justice.

They had both denied the charge.

The prosecution had alleged that Huhne was driving his car down the M11 when it was caught exceeding the speed limit by a roadside camera.

Mrs Pryce originally told police she was the driver. Her defence in this trial is said to be on the grounds of marital coercion.

Huhne quit the Government when he was charged, so he could fight the charges.