Chris Huhne says he intends to fight charges

Chris Huhne has resigned as Energy Secretary after being charged with perverting the course of justice, over claims his wife accepted speeding penalty points on his behalf.

In a short statement, he said he was leaving the cabinet post "to avoid any distraction".

He added: "I am innocent of these charges and I intend to fight this in the courts, and I am confident that a jury will agree."

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