Huhne enters no plea in court

Former cabinet minister will attempt to have his case dismissed.

From the woes of a current cabinet minister to the woes of a former one. Chris Huhne appeared at Southwark crown court today with his former wife Vicky Pryce to face charges of perverting the course of justice. While Pryce pleaded not guilty, the former Energy Secretary entered no plea and will make an application to have his case dismissed at a future hearing.

We should have another court sketch to look forward to later today.

Former Cabinet Minister Chris Huhne leaves Southwark Crown Court after a pre-trial hearing on March 2, 2012. Photograph: Getty Images.

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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The NS Podcast #222: Queen's Speech Special

The New Statesman podcast.

Helen and Stephen discuss what was left out, watered down and generally squished around in the Queen's Speech - from prison reform to fox hunting - and what kind of stage it sets for the coming parliamentary term. Will Labour's stance on immigration have to change? And what Brexit deal could secure a parliamentary majority? Clue: it's a royal mess.

Quotes of the episode:

Helen on domestic violence: "The big lesson of the last couple of weeks is that the involvement of domestic violence in Terror has finally made (slightly more men) take it slightly more seriously. As actually now it becomes part of an anti-radicalisation process."

Stephen on Conservative strategy: "If you look at the back end of the Conservative government in the 90s: when your parliamentary situation is rocky, the best way of dealing with that is just for parliamentary not to sit all that much. Don't bring the pain."

Helen on Brexit: "There is an interesting complacency about the dominance and attractiveness of the British economy [...] whereas actually our economy has recovered quite badly and our productivity is still quite low. I wouldn't be that smug about the British economy."

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