Vicky Pryce speeding points trial: Chris Huhne’s ex-wife confided in daughter
12:19 11 February 2013
Chris Huhne’s ex-wife confided in her eldest daughter after he forced her to take his speeding points, a court heard today.
Georgia Beasley, Vicky Pryce’s eldest daughter, said her mother told her in 2003 that Huhne had bullied her into taking the points, claiming if she did not and he lost his licence, then he would lose the election for the Eastleigh seat and it would be her fault.
Mrs Beasley said her mother told her in late spring or early summer 2003, when she was about 25, about Huhne demanding she take the points.
She did not live with Pryce and Huhne at the time, but lived nearby and would speak to her mother once or twice a week, she said.
She told Southwark Crown Court: “I remember speaking to my mother and she told me that Chris had been caught speeding and was asking her to take speeding points.
“If he had taken the points he would have lost his licence. He was very insistent that she take the points for him.”
Pryce is accused of perverting the course of justice by taking the speeding points in 2003. She denies the charge, saying she was bullied into it by her then-husband.
Giving evidence, her daughter said: “He didn’t want to lose his licence, he was standing for election and had to travel regularly to Eastleigh.
“And he would say to her that if she didn’t take them he would not be able to drive, that he would lose his licence, and that it would be her fault if he didn’t get elected.”
She said her mother was “very upset, very angry”, and “obviously didn’t want to take the points”.
Mrs Beasley said she could not remember if her mother asked for advice but said she “definitely told her that she should not take the points”.
She said her mother told her that Huhne had nominated her as the driver without telling her, and when it arrived, she was already named as the driver.
Mrs Beasley said: “I know she felt pressured into signing the form.”
She said the issue resurfaced as Huhne lost his licence anyway that summer. He was caught talking on his mobile phone whilst driving on March 28, 2003, and was disqualified.
She said her mother was “very upset she had had to do something she really didn’t want to do and the outcome was exactly the same”.
The court heard in 2011 during the police investigation into the points-swapping, Mrs Beasley had called detectives from Athens to say she did not want to give a statement.
She said: “We were being hounded by the press and I thought it was all part of the same thing, that everybody wanted to talk to us about what had happened and I just didn’t want to do it at that time.”
She said once her mother was being investigated, she often did not speak to her daughter about the state of the police investigation.
Mrs Beasley, who later made a police statement in September last year, said: “When I asked my mother once the police were involved, about what was happening, she didn’t want to talk to me about that,” she said.
“It was actually quite frustrating because I didn’t always know what was going on.”