Top economist Vicky Pryce faces jail term

VICKY Pryce is facing jail after being found guilty yesterday of perverting the course of justice by taking speeding points on behalf of her ex-husband, former MP Chris Huhne.

The jury at Southwark crown court rejected her defence of marital coercion and decided that Pryce – a former government adviser and current director of FTI Consulting – could have refused to sign a form declaring that she was driving Huhne’s car in March 2003.

Leading Lib Dems including business secretary Vince Cable, Lord Oakeshott and Nick Clegg’s wife Miriam were last night forced to deny that they knew of the offence. Emails released after the trial show Pryce claimed she had told all three of the incident before 2011.

The case has seriously damaged the careers of Pryce and Huhne, with both expecting to serve time in prison. Part-time judge Constance Briscoe, a friend of Pryce, has also been arrested in relation to the case after allegedly lying to the police.

Last night the Crown Prosecution Service said it would be applying for costs to awarded against Huhne, who changed his plea to guilty and resigned as an MP on the day that his trial was due to begin. An earlier trial collapsed two weeks ago when the jury was unable to reach a verdict.