An Essex Police investigation into allegations the minister got other people to take his penalty points is expected to be concluded this week.

The allegations, which are vehemently denied by Mr Huhne, will then be considered by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

The allegations cover a speeding offence which is believed to have happened in 2003 and relate to an unnamed individual, believed to be Mr Huhne’s former wife, accepting the then MEP’s points for him.

The practice, though illegal, is thought to be widespread within families as a way for an individual to avoid a driving ban.

A spokesperson said: “Essex Police can confirm that two individuals were interviewed on last week, at police stations in Essex and London in respect of allegations regarding a speeding offence.

“An investigation is ongoing in relation to the circumstances surrounding the issue of a Fixed Penalty Notice in 2003.”

If the CPS believe there is not enough evidence to proceed any further the case could be dropped, however it could also decide to prosecute Mr Huhne if the police have uncovered information that a crime has been committed.

Luke Walsh

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