Chris Huhne says he intends to fight charges

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Chris Huhne has resigned as Energy Secretary after being charged with perverting the course of justice, over claims his wife accepted speeding penalty points on his behalf.

In a short statement, he said he was leaving the cabinet post "to avoid any distraction".

He added: "I am innocent of these charges and I intend to fight this in the courts, and I am confident that a jury will agree."

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