Huhne is still my friend, says Clegg

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Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said yesterday that he still regards jailed former colleague Chris Huhne as a “friend”, but is not expecting to visit him in prison.

The Deputy Prime Minister revealed that he last spoke to the former energy secretary during the by-election campaign for his old seat of Eastleigh in Hampshire.

Huhne was sentenced to eight months in prison, alongside ex-wife Vicky Pryce, on Monday.

Mr Clegg said yesterday: “I do have mixed emotions and I feel very sad for his whole family. Whatever he’s done, he still remains someone I’ve known for many years and a friend. I’m not going to say that because he’s done something wrong and he’s serving his time that that’s not the case. That is the case.”