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Chris Huhne speeding trial date set

Chris Huhne arrives at Southwark Crown Court in London 28 January
Image caption Chris Huhne has pleaded not guilty to perverting the course of justice

Former cabinet minister Chris Huhne and his ex-wife are to stand trial next Monday over allegations she took speeding points for him so he could avoid prosecution.

The Lib Dem MP, 58, pleaded not guilty to perverting the course of justice at Southwark Crown Court on Monday.

His former wife, Vicky Pryce, has previously pleaded not guilty to the same offence.

They were charged last year in relation to the alleged offence in 2003.

Mr Huhne, from Eastleigh, Hampshire, resigned as energy and climate change secretary after he was charged. He remained as Liberal Democrat MP for Eastleigh.

The charge relates to an incident in March 2003 when Mr Huhne's car was allegedly caught by a speed camera on the motorway between Stansted Airport in Essex and London.

It is alleged that between 12 March and 21 May 2003, Ms Pryce falsely informed police that she was the driver of the car so Mr Huhne could avoid prosecution.

The BBC's Clive Coleman, at London's Southwark Crown Court, said the charge was formally put to Mr Huhne during Monday's hearing, to which he replied "Not guilty".

Ms Pryce, 60, from Clapham, south London, and Mr Huhne, who are both on bail, will go on trial at Southwark Crown Court next Monday.