Who rises if Huhne falls?

Ministers are on alert for a reshuffle if Huhne is charged by the police.

The sword of Damocles is swinging ever closer to Chris Huhne's head. Today it emerged that the Sunday Times has dropped its opposition to a court ruling ordering it to hand over emails relating to speeding claims against the Energy Secretary. As you'll recall, Essex Police are investigating whether Huhne asked his former wife Vicky Pryce to take penalty points on his behalf - a criminal offence.

Huhne has long maintained that the allegations are "incorrect" and the Prime Minister's spokeswoman has said that David Cameron "has confidence" in him, but as the Evening Standard reported earlier this week, ministers are on alert for a mini-resuffle if he is charged.

So, who rises if Huhne falls? Ed Davey, the employment minister and Vince Cable's deputy, is the name most frequently cited as a possible replacement. He is well regarded by Lib Dem MPs after fending off some of the wilder proposals contained in Adrian Beecroft's report on labour market reform. The Standard also suggests that Jeremy Browne, the Foreign Office minister, is in the running.

Another name inevitably raised is that of David Laws, whom Cameron has always insisted he wants to see back on the frontbench. But at a time when Nick Clegg is pursuing a strategy of differentiation it would seem inappropriate for Laws, the Tories' favourite Lib Dem, to replace the left-leaning Huhne, possibly their least favourite.

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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Quiz: Can you identify fake news?

The furore around "fake" news shows no sign of abating. Can you spot what's real and what's not?

Hillary Clinton has spoken out today to warn about the fake news epidemic sweeping the world. Clinton went as far as to say that "lives are at risk" from fake news, the day after Pope Francis compared reading fake news to eating poop. (Side note: with real news like that, who needs the fake stuff?)

The sweeping distrust in fake news has caused some confusion, however, as many are unsure about how to actually tell the reals and the fakes apart. Short from seeing whether the logo will scratch off and asking the man from the market where he got it from, how can you really identify fake news? Take our test to see whether you have all the answers.

 

 

In all seriousness, many claim that identifying fake news is a simple matter of checking the source and disbelieving anything "too good to be true". Unfortunately, however, fake news outlets post real stories too, and real news outlets often slip up and publish the fakes. Use fact-checking websites like Snopes to really get to the bottom of a story, and always do a quick Google before you share anything. 

Amelia Tait is a technology and digital culture writer at the New Statesman.