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U.K. Minister Huhne Will Learn Tomorrow If He Faces Charges

Feb. 2 (Bloomberg) -- U.K. prosecutors will announce tomorrow whether Energy Secretary Chris Huhne will face charges for allegedly lying about a speeding ticket to get out of a driving ban nine years ago.

The director of public prosecutions, Keir Starmer, will make the announcement in a televised statement in London at 10 a.m., the Crown Prosecution Service said by e-mail today.

Police in the eastern English county of Essex opened a probe last year into allegations that Huhne asked his then wife, Vicky Pryce, in 2003 to say she’d been driving his car when it was caught speeding, so he wouldn’t lose his license. Huhne has denied any wrongdoing.

Any decision to charge Huhne will put pressure on him to resign. The energy secretary is one of five Cabinet members from Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats in David Cameron’s Conservative-led coalition. If he quits, it would open the way for the return to the Cabinet of David Laws, the Liberal Democrat who stepped down as chief secretary to the Treasury after less than three weeks in the job in 2010.

“In the event of somebody being charged with a criminal offense, they would have to leave the government,” Clegg told BBC television’s “Andrew Marr Show” on Jan. 22. “That has been what’s happened in the past.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Eddie Buckle in London at ebuckle@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net

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