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Ed Davey becomes Energy Secretary as Chris Huhne steps down to fight charges

Employment Relations Miniser Ed Davey has been named new Energy Secretary, replacing Chris Huhne who steps down to fight criminal charges over his speeding fine.

On arriving at the Department of Environment and Climate Change Mr Davey said; “I want us to have a green economy where there are lots of green jobs.” See his introductory remarks here

Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer has announced that there is sufficient evidence to bring criminal charges against Mr Huhne and [ex-wife] Vicky] Pryce for perverting the course of justice

Mr Huhne was heavily involved in the government’s negotiations over the Renewable Heat Incentive and Feed-in Tarriffs.

Mr Starmer said: “The essence of the charges is that between March and May 2003, Mr Huhne, having allegedly committed a speeding offence, falsely informed the investigating authorities that Ms Pryce had been the driver of the vehicle in question, and she falsely accepted that she was the driver,”

Mr Huhne has denied the allegations.

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