Huhne charged by police

Energy Secretary will be prosecuted over speeding points allegations.

The Director of Public Prosecutions has just announced live to the TV cameras that Chris Huhne and his former wife Vicky Pryce will be charged for allegedly "perverting the course of justice". They will appear before Westminster magistrates court on 16 February and, if found guilty, could face prison.

Huhne, who denies all allegations, will now be forced to resign from the cabinet, with the smart money on Ed Davey, the employment minister and Vince Cable's deputy, to replace him. The reshuffle is likely to be limited to the Lib Dem half of the coalition with David Cameron ignoring calls to move Andrew Lansley or Ken Clarke.

Update: You can read DPP Keir Starmer's full statement here.

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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Cabinet audit: what does the appointment of Liam Fox as International Trade Secretary mean for policy?

The political and policy-based implications of the new Secretary of State for International Trade.

Only Nixon, it is said, could have gone to China. Only a politician with the impeccable Commie-bashing credentials of the 37th President had the political capital necessary to strike a deal with the People’s Republic of China.

Theresa May’s great hope is that only Liam Fox, the newly-installed Secretary of State for International Trade, has the Euro-bashing credentials to break the news to the Brexiteers that a deal between a post-Leave United Kingdom and China might be somewhat harder to negotiate than Vote Leave suggested.

The biggest item on the agenda: striking a deal that allows Britain to stay in the single market. Elsewhere, Fox should use his political capital with the Conservative right to wait longer to sign deals than a Remainer would have to, to avoid the United Kingdom being caught in a series of bad deals. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. He usually writes about politics.