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Thatcher film award ’I trampled all over your history,’ says star of ‘The Iron Lady’
Doctors threaten to go on strike GPs and hospital medics could walk out over cuts to pensions
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Naked prejudice Iranian actress barred from homeland after nude photo shoot
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By Mark Hughes CHRIS HUHNE will learn within weeks whether he is to face criminal charges after The Sunday Times agreed to hand to police potentially incriminating emails between a journalist and his ex-wife.
Police believe the emails may strengthen their case against Mr Huhne and Vicky Pryce, who are being investigated over allegations that the Energy Secretary asked his ex-wife to take speeding points on his behalf in 2003.
The emails are also thought to refer to Vince Cable, the Business Secretary. He is said to be named as a confidant of Miss Pryce and could face questioning by police over any knowledge he has of the speeding penalty allegations.
The newspaper had initially fought attempts by Essex police to force it to hand over emails between Miss Pryce and its political editor, Isabel Oakeshott. But last Friday, at a High Court hearing, the newspaper dropped its challenge.
The Sunday Times’s refusal to hand over the emails has delayed any decision over whether to charge Mr Huhne and Miss Pryce. The pair are
Chris Huhne, top, is being investigated over allegations that he asked his ex-wife Vicky Pryce, above, to take speeding points on his behalf being investigated over conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, an offence that carries a maximum life sentence.
Essex police won a court order in October last year that ordered the newspaper to disclose more than 100 emails. The newspaper appealed against the decision. It was due to fight the ruling in the High Court before the appeal was dropped last Friday.
At the hearing, Andrew Edis QC, for Essex police and the Crown Prosecution Service
‘...and with all my speeding points I thee endow.’
(CPS), said: “It will now be possible to move proceedings on towards a charging decision. However, there is a criminal investigation.
“It is, therefore, conceivable that one outcome will be that there will be charges and therefore criminal proceedings will follow.
“There may be criminal charges, which may in due course be tried.”
Sources at the CPS said that the decision over whether to charge Mr Huhne and Miss Pryce will be “within weeks rather than months”,
depending on the volume of evidence they receive.
As well as Mr Cable, there is a possibility that the new evidence will lead to further questioning of Mr Huhne and Miss Pryce. The pair have already been interviewed by detectives twice during the investigation.
Last Friday, Mr Edis raised the possibility of further interviews.
He said: “There have of course already been interviews; the question is whether any further interviews will be required as a result of this.”
It was in The Sunday Times last year that the claims against Mr Huhne first emerged. Miss Pryce told the paper that her former husband had asked someone “close to him” to take penalty points on his behalf in 2003.
It was later suggested that Miss Pryce was the one who had allegedly done this.
Essex police later sought a production order forcing The Sunday Times to hand over a statement made by Miss Pryce in which she allegedly confirms that she took the points and a tape recording of a conversation she had with Mr Huhne in which they discuss the matter.
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who might, with better teaching, achieve an A? Or the E students who could get a D?”
He added: “It is to iron out these idiosyncrasies that led us to reform the school performance tables.
“We are determined to stamp out any incentives to game the system whereby some schools focus just on those pupils who will affect their league table position.”
The Government is preparing to release results for more than 4,000 statefunded and independent schools in England. Official data will show that just 86,209 out of 567,170 pupils in state schools — almost one in six — finished compulsory education with A* to C grades in a range of traditional subjects: English, maths, science, languages and either history or geography.
It will also disclose that the number of children being entered for separate GCSE exams in these five disciplines dropped in the state system last summer — from 21.8 to 21.6 per cent.
At the same time, rising numbers of pupils were entered for alternative qualifications, such as hospitality, sport, retail, and travel and tourism. The disclosure suggests that pupils are being encouraged to drop academic disciplines in favour of “soft subjects” to inflate results.
League tables are being overhauled this year to give a more accurate picture of school performance.
For the first time, tables will split pupils from each school into three bands based on their performance in Sats tests at the age of 11. It will then show the amount of progress made by low, middle and high achievers in GCSEs at 16 — exposing schools that fail to push pupils at both ends of the ability spectrum. Separate primary school tables published last month showed as many as four in 10 pupils seen as high-fliers at the age of seven struggled to reach their potential by the time they sat end-of-school exams at 11.
Critics said the disclosure represented a “terrible waste of talent” and warned that some teachers were failing to stimulate bright pupils.
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will now not go to court. The damages paid out by News International last Thursday came to £645,000. But that covered only the 15 payouts that were made public. The size of a further 22 payouts was not declared.
The figure is likely to increase substantially once the legal costs for each victim, also to be paid by News International, are calculated.
The phone-hacking scandal is thought to have now cost News International upwards of £10million in payouts.
This is likely to be only a fraction of the final cost because more than 70 other victims are in the process of launching damages claims.
Lawyers estimate that hundreds more will eventually do so. Police have identified 803 hacking victims.
Last Thursday’s admissions also saw The Sun dragged into the scandal after News International admitted that some stories published by the daily newspaper were a breach of privacy. There was no suggestion that The Sun was involved in hacking.
It was not until last week’s High Court hearing that News International admitted that computer hacking had been used by its Sunday tabloid.
The court heard that Christopher Shipman’s emails were accessed by Glenn Mulcaire, a private investigator working on behalf of the News of the World.
The hacking is thought to have taken place in August 2004, seven months after Harold Shipman killed himself in prison. Christopher Shipman’s emails contained details of his father’s death and information about the health of his mother, Primrose. Mr Shipman was not made aware of the intrusion until August 2011.
Ten outstanding cases, including those of the singer Charlotte Church, the comedian Steve Coogan, and Tracey Temple, the secretary who had an affair with John Prescott, have not been settled. The cases, which are thought to concern telephone hacking, are due to go to trial next month.
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