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Last updated: May 13, 2013 7:19 pm
Chris Huhne, former Liberal Democrat cabinet minister, and ex-wife Vicky Pryce were released from jail on Monday after serving two months of eight-month sentences for perverting justice.
Mr Huhne said prison was a “humbling and sobering experience” and he was looking forward to getting on with his life. Ms Pryce said she was “very pleased to be home”.
The release of the divorced couple has sparked speculation on possible book deals and whether Ms Pryce might torment her former husband with a memoir.
Mr Huhne is said to be considering writing a book about his experience of prison and those he met there, with proceeds going to charity, as well as an account of his time in the coalition government.
The former energy secretary, who will have to wear an electronic tag to monitor his movements, said it was “early days” and it was difficult to assess options while in prison.
He remains popular among Lib Dems for his environmental campaigning and willingness to take the fight to the Conservatives. But senior party figures do not expect the 58-year-old to return to frontline politics.
The former minister, who was a financial journalist, is also expected to pursue his fledgling career in environmental business.
Ms Pryce, who said she hoped to resume her career as an economist, has signed a book deal with Biteback Publishing for Prisonomics, drawing on her experience of prison life.
Biteback said the book was “emphatically not a full memoir”. Colleagues are urging Ms Pryce to move on from her bitter marital split with Mr Huhne and not to pen a separate autobiography going over that ground.
The pair were convicted in March of lying to police about a speeding offence, saying Ms Pryce was at the wheel to help Mr Huhne avoid a temporary driving ban in 2003.
The former couple face claims for prosecution costs, with the Crown Prosecution Service seeking more than £100,000 from Mr Huhne and £48,600 from Ms Pryce.
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